Scholarship Programme


Financial Need/Hardship

Level of Study 

Undergraduate (Levels 4-7)

Applications Open 

8 June 2024
for study in 2025

Applications Close 

August 2024

The Application criteria

We work with a selection of schools across Aoteaora New Zealand to determine the successful student applications. Current schools are:

Cambridge High School              Cromwell College
Dunstan High School                   Fairfield College
Haeata Community Campus     Hornby High School
Kelston Boys’ High School          Kelston Girls’ College
Mount Maunganui College         Mt Aspiring College
Papanui High School                    Porirua College
Rotorua Lakes High School        Tamaki College
Southern Cross Campus             Te Aratai College
Taupo-nui-a-Tia College              Te Puke High School
Wainuiomata High School         Thames High School        


The Milford Foundation Scholarship’s purpose is to reduce inequality in access to tertiary education, by providing financial support to school leavers for whom cost is a barrier. Scholarship recipients will also benefit from the Milford Foundation network to support them in their educational journey and career path which can include educational equipment, mentoring and internship placement.


We commenced support for the first cohort of recipients in the 2023 tertiary year. The Milford Foundation has been born out of desire to make a significant positive impact for our communities, and to help build a stronger Aotearoa New Zealand. Supporting youth and education are key support pillars for the Milford Foundation.

2024 Scholarship Recipients

Meet our 16 talented and highly motivated 2024 Milford Foundation Scholarship students. This is our second cohort of students to study with a Milford Foundation Scholarship – the first 14 began their studies in 2023. The Milford Foundation provides each student with funding, equipment, support and mentoring, along with regular catchups with the Milford team. We are proud to support this outstanding group of young people.


Scholarships Offered

Up to 15 scholarships are on offer for 2024. The Milford Foundation selects applicants from each of the following regions; Otago, Canterbury, Wellington, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, and Auckland. The Milford Foundation reserves the right to change how many applicants are chosen from each area, or in total, based on the applications received.

Scholarship Amount

The successful candidates will each receive a flexible support package up to a value of $10,000 per annum for the duration of the undergraduate qualification (minimum time to complete) undertaken on a full-time basis. The support package can cover costs such as fees, living costs, course materials, out-of-home accommodation, travel, and relocation costs. The allocation of the scholarship between course costs and other funding will be determined by discussion between successful candidates and representatives from the Milford Foundation.


Milford Foundation Scholarship applicants must be:

A New Zealand Citizen, Permanent Resident, or holding an applicable visa which enables them to study in New Zealand

A New Zealand Citizen, Permanent Resident, or holding an applicable visa which enables them to study in New Zealand.

A school leaver with university entrance

A school leaver with university entrance (either achieving university entrance this year or has left school within the last 2 years, but not have studied at a tertiary level).

Intending to study at a New Zealand university.

Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to students who:

  • Face financial barriers to entering tertiary education
  • Demonstrate strong academic potential
  • Show participation in community service or community engagement
  • Show good character and a well-rounded personality.

The Milford Foundation aims to support students wanting to study subjects that benefit Aotearoa New Zealand and our purpose. This could be  commerce and/or finance, or any number of other degree programmes. 

The Milford Foundation reserves the right to make any determinations on eligibility or decide not to award one or more of the Scholarships in any year. We may also at our discretion discontinue providing a scholarship to a student.


Application Process

Access to application forms can be provided on request from the appropriate representative at your school.