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How to apply

Each year we aim to offer approximately 50 places on our 4 year scholarship programme, funded by our scholarship partners. Our scholarship partners are businesses, trusts and personal funders who believe in our transformational programme (3-pillar model) and want to give a “hand up and not just a hand out” to deserving young people who want to make difference in their whanau and community.

Each of our scholarship partners have their own criteria (on top of our general criteria). If you have been successful after the First Foundation interview stage (stage 3) your application may be referred to scholarship partners to decide if you are shortlisted to interview for their scholarship/s.

Stages of applying for a First Foundation Scholarship

Stage One – Application Form

(Open: March 2022 / Close: May 2022)

    • Contact Details
    • Supply a Cover Letter
    • Eligibility Check. If you meet the criteria you will automatically progress to Stage Two.

Stage Two – Additional Information

(Closes 21 May 2022)

    • Upload your supporting documents
    • School Summary Results
    • School Reports x 2
    • School supporting (reference) letter
    • Financial Declaration
    • Photo

Stage Three – Online Interview

(Late May to mid-June)

    • Shortlisted for an interview with First Foundation
    • Conduct First Foundation Interviews
    • Tentatively match applicants to potential scholarship partners (based on their specific criteria)

Stage Four – Interview with Scholarship partner/s


    • Shortlist for an interview with your potential scholarship partner
    • Conduct interviews with your potential scholarship partner
    • Scholarship partner to shortlist their top candidates

Scholarship Offer

(August to February 2023)

    • Conditional offer
    • Induction to First Foundation programme for students only (Dec – Jan)
    • Orientation and Induction for students and whanau to meet their mentor (Jan – Feb)
    • Awards Ceremony (Feb)

Please note, time frames may be subject to change.

Information Sheet

Find out more about First Foundation's scholarship programme.

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Find the answers to questions that get asked each year by scholars, schools and whānau.