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You’ve got big dreams. We’ll help you get there

Get financial support, paid work experience and one-on-one mentoring to help you thrive at university, and beyond

New Zealand’s future depends on you

Your gifts and talents are needed in the world. But financial challenges can make it harder to reach your goals. That’s why First Foundation is working to level the playing field for bright young Kiwis like you.

 

The First Foundation programme is much more than a scholarship. Not only will you get financial help, you’ll have a dedicated mentor who’ll be there for you along the way – so even if you’re the first in your family to go to university, you’ll have support from someone who’s been there before. Plus, you’ll get paid work experience to grow your skills, giving you access to the professional networks most people rely on for work opportunities.

New Zealand’s future depends on you

Your gifts and talents are needed in the world. But financial challenges can make it harder to reach your goals. That’s why First Foundation is working to level the playing field for bright young Kiwis like you.

 

The First Foundation programme is much more than a scholarship. Not only will you get financial help, you’ll have a dedicated mentor who’ll be there for you along the way – so even if you’re the first in your family to go to university, you’ll have support from someone who’s been there before. Plus, you’ll get paid work experience to grow your skills, giving you access to the professional networks most people rely on for work opportunities.

Be financially stable

Find work you love that lets you support yourself and help your whānau.

Grow your network

Build professional relationships and get access to valuable opportunities.

Be a role model

Become a leader in your community and inspire the next generation.

“I can see myself owning a house for my family”

“My income is now higher than my mother who has been working for more than 30 years. This allows me to be able to help support my family and save toward my goal of owning a family home. I’ve got the confidence to know that I can step into any space and I deserve to be there because I worked hard for it.”

SUSANA VUNIPOLA, 2013 WAREHOUSE STATIONERY SCHOLAR

Be financially stable

Find work you love that lets you support yourself and help your whānau.

Grow your network

Build professional relationships and get access to valuable opportunities.

Be a role model

Become a leader in your community and inspire the next generation.

“I can see myself owning a house for my family”

“My income is now higher than my mother who has been working for more than 30 years. This allows me to be able to help support my family and save toward my goal of owning a family home. I’ve got the confidence to know that I can step into any space and I deserve to be there because I worked hard for it.”

SUSANA VUNIPOLA, 2013 WAREHOUSE STATIONERY SCHOLAR

What you’ll get

Our four-year programme gives you ongoing support throughout university and into the professional world.

Minimise your student loan

Get the life-changing benefits of a university education, without the burden of a big student loan. As a First Foundation scholar, you’ll get $4000 each year ($12,000 over three years) towards your university costs.

Get one-on-one mentoring

We’ll match you with a dedicated mentor, who will help you settle into university life, overcome challenges and achieve your goals. As well as giving you practical advice, they’ll be there to talk to about anything that’s on your mind.

Get paid work experience

On-the-job experience is vital to your future. We’ll pair you with an organization that’ll offer you paid work in the professional world for at least four weeks each year. You’ll grow your skills and your CV in a safe work environment while building relationships with the people you work with.

Meet other future leaders

As a First Foundation scholar, you’ll be part of a wider whānau of driven young Kiwis, with a support network you can reach out to in years to come.

“A much-needed support network”

“What makes First Foundation special and truly successful is their commitment to forming strong relationships with their students. The structure of the scholarship, including providing a mentor and work experience, not only gives you the support financially, but a much-needed support network from people. Plus, you’ll develop skills to make you employable and self-manageable in life.”

JASON TRAN, 2016 WESTPAC SCHOLAR

Are you eligible?

Each year we have a limited number of scholarships to offer. These are funded by ‘scholarship partners’, which are businesses, trusts and personal funders who want to help deserving young people make a difference in their community.

Scholarship partners each have their own criteria (on top of our general criteria). If your application is shortlisted, we’ll match you with a scholarship partner who we think is a good fit for you.

To apply for our standard scholarships, you’ll need to meet these criteria:

  • Have a maximum annual household income of $75,000 for 1-2 dependants OR $90,000 for 3 or more dependants. Dependants are children of the parents/caregivers in your household, who are financially dependent on their income to cover primary living costs (such as accommodation, food and educational costs).
  • Be enrolled in Year 12 or 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. There are limited (10%) scholarships available for Year 13 students.
  • Have an overall Merit or Excellence endorsement in Level 1 (or Level 2 if you’re in Year 13).
  • Be a New Zealand Citizen, NZ Resident, or have refugee status.

We also offer some corporate scholarships, where you’ll need to be employed by OR related to an employee of a corporate scholarship partner (along with some other criteria).

Find out more about our eligibility criteria for standard and corporate scholarships.

What you’ll get

Our four-year programme gives you ongoing support throughout university and into the professional world.

Minimise your student loan

Get the life-changing benefits of a university education, without the burden of a big student loan. As a First Foundation scholar, you’ll get $4000 each year ($12,000 over three years) towards your university costs.

Get one-on-one mentoring

We’ll match you with a dedicated mentor, who will help you settle into university life, overcome challenges and achieve your goals. As well as giving you practical advice, they’ll be there to talk to about anything that’s on your mind.

Get paid work experience

On-the-job experience is vital to your future. We’ll pair you with an organization that’ll offer you paid work in the professional world for at least four weeks each year. You’ll grow your skills and your CV in a safe work environment while building relationships with the people you work with.

Meet other future leaders

As a First Foundation scholar, you’ll be part of a wider whānau of driven young Kiwis, with a support network you can reach out to in years to come.

“A much-needed support network”

“What makes First Foundation special and truly successful is their commitment to forming strong relationships with their students. The structure of the scholarship, including providing a mentor and work experience, not only gives you the support financially, but a much-needed support network from people. Plus, you’ll develop skills to make you employable and self-manageable in life.”

JASON TRAN, 2016 WESTPAC SCHOLAR

Are you eligible?

Each year we have a limited number of scholarships to offer. These are funded by ‘scholarship partners’, which are businesses, trusts and personal funders who want to help deserving young people make a difference in their community.

Scholarship partners each have their own criteria (on top of our general criteria). If your application is shortlisted, we’ll match you with a scholarship partner who we think is a good fit for you.

To apply for our standard scholarships, you’ll need to meet these criteria:

  • Have a maximum annual household income of $75,000 for 1-2 dependants OR $90,000 for 3 or more dependants. Dependants are children of the parents/caregivers in your household, who are financially dependent on their income to cover primary living costs (such as accommodation, food and educational costs).
  • Be enrolled in Year 12 or 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. There are limited (10%) scholarships available for Year 13 students.
  • Have an overall Merit or Excellence endorsement in Level 1 (or Level 2 if you’re in Year 13).
  • Be a New Zealand Citizen, NZ Resident, or have refugee status.

We also offer some corporate scholarships, where you’ll need to be employed by OR related to an employee of a corporate scholarship partner (along with some other criteria).

Find out more about our eligibility criteria for standard and corporate scholarships.

How to apply

Our application process helps us get to know you, so we can offer our limited placements to the students who will benefit the most.

 Places in our program are funded by scholarship partners, who are businesses, trusts, and personal funders. Each of our scholarship partners has their own criteria (on top of our general criteria). After your interview with First Foundation (see stage 2 below) your application may be referred to your potential scholarship partner to decide if you’re a good fit for their scholarship/s

  1. Complete your application form
       Make sure you’re eligible and complete the application process.
  2. Interview with First Foundation
       If you’re shortlisted, we’ll meet you for an interview to find out    more about you and see which scholarship partner you’d    match well with.
  3. Interview with your scholarship partner
       You’ll meet your potential scholarship partner and get to    know each other.
  4. Get your scholarship!
       You’ll officially receive your scholarship at our awards ceremony.

Find out more about how to apply.

How to apply

Our application process helps us get to know you, so we can offer our limited placements to the students who will benefit the most.

 Places in our program are funded by scholarship partners, who are businesses, trusts, and personal funders. Each of our scholarship partners has their own criteria (on top of our general criteria). After your interview with First Foundation (see stage 2 below) your application may be referred to your potential scholarship partner to decide if you’re a good fit for their scholarship/s

  1. Complete your application form
    Make sure you’re eligible and complete the application process.
  2. Interview with First Foundation
    If you’re shortlisted, we’ll meet you for an interview to find out more about you and see which scholarship partner you’d match well with.
  3. Interview with your scholarship partner
    You’ll meet your potential scholarship partner and get to know each other.
  4. Get your scholarship!
    You’ll officially receive your scholarship at our awards ceremony.

Find out more about how to apply.

“I know how important it is to follow your passion”

“Since graduating, I’ve become financially stable and been able to send my parents to Tonga, Samoa and Australia. I am proud that I was able to provide the opportunity for my parents to go back to the islands – they’d never been to each other’s birthplaces.”

ROSEANNE ULUNGA, 2011 GERARD ROOFS SCHOLAR

“I know how important it is to follow your passion”

“Since graduating, I’ve become financially stable and been able to send my parents to Tonga, Samoa and Australia. I am proud that I was able to provide the opportunity for my parents to go back to the islands – they’d never been to each other’s birthplaces.”

ROSEANNE ULUNGA, 2011 GERARD ROOFS SCHOLAR

You deserve to achieve your dreams and find a career you’re passionate about.