Eligibility Guidelines


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To be eligible for a Toloa Tertiary Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be of Pacific Island descent;
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand;
  • Attach a copy of latest study transcript;
  • Have enrolled, or intend to enrol, in a full time tertiary study, majoring in STEM subjects, at an approved NZQA accredited tertiary provider in New Zealand for the 2019 academic year.

Full details of the Toloa Scholarship programme are provided here. 

What is Pacific Island descent?

Pacific applicants are defined as citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand who are of indigenous Pacific descent from any of the following islands: Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Rapanui (Easter Island). 

How do I provide proof?

Applicants will need to provide evidence of Pacific descent by attaching a copy of a current passport or birth certificate to this application.

Are applications open to tertiary students?  

In 2018, the Government introduced fees FREE for first year tertiary students in 2018. With the first year fees covered by the Government, applications for the Toloa Tertiary Scholarship are open to tertiary students in their second, third and / or fourth year of study. 

Applications are also open to STEM postgraduates in their first and / or sequential years.

Applications are now open - click here to apply!