First Foundation Scholarship
Opens Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM (NZST)
Deadline Jul 31 2020 11:59 PM (NZST)
Description

APPLICATIONS OFFICIALLY CLOSES 11:59pm, 19th JULY (Except for Briscoes Group applicants - closes 11.59pm, 31st JULY)

Our vision: An Aotearoa New Zealand where all people can succeed, thrive and lead.

Our mission: Strengthening the pathways, opportunities and choices that empower young people.

The purpose of a First Foundation 3-4 year scholarship programme is to assist students who have demonstrated the academic potential to succeed and who will face significant financial hardship in pursuing and successfully graduating from their tertiary studies.

Each year we offer approximately 50 places on our 3-4 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 we have set - see below). If you have been successful after the First Foundation interview stage (stage 2) your application may be referred to scholarship partners to decide if you are shortlisted to interview for their scholarship/s. 

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE STAGES

  1. Complete Application Form (Open: 29th April / Close: 19th July (except for Briscoes Group applicants - 31st July))
    • Eligibility Form 
    • Application Form 
    • Upload your supporting documents
  2. Interview stage with First Foundation (May - Sept)
    • Shortlisted for an interview with First Foundation (May - Aug)
    • Conduct First Foundation Interviews (May - Sept)
    • Tentatively match applicants to potential scholarship partners (based on their specific criteria)
  3. Interview stage with Scholarship Partner/s (Sept - Nov)
    • Shortlist for an interview with your potential scholarship partner (Sept - Nov)
    • Conduct interviews with your potential scholarship partner
    • Scholarship partner to shortlist their top candidates
  4. Scholarship Offer and Award (Nov - Mar)
    • Conditional offer to top candidate/s (Nov - Dec)
    • Induction to First Foundation programme for students only (Dec - Jan)
    • Orientation and Induction for students and whanau to meet their mentors (Jan - Feb)
    • Awards Ceremony (Feb - Mar)

Please note, time frames may be subject to change.

VALUE

  • 3-4 year scholarship programme (valued at $10,000) managed by First Foundation to provide talented young New Zealanders opportunities and resources to help them successfully navigate from school, through university and into a meaningful career. Our life-changing three-to-four-year programme creates a ripple effect in your community that will last forever.
    • A personal mentor* for 3-4 years (Year 13/1st Year University to 3rd Year University)
    • Paid work experience** (4-5 weeks per year)
    • Access to wrap around support from First Foundation’s Student Support Team
    • Access to Student Success Workshops and Events***
    • $12,000 towards tertiary fees/costs**** at degree level ($4,000 per year for the first three years of university)

* All efforts will be made to successfully match scholars to a personal mentor in their recruitment region by the Orientation and Induction in Jan - Feb. There may be delays if scholars are recruited outside of our main regions (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch) OR if a scholar moves away from their recruitment region.

**Only for scholarships who offer work experience. Trusts and personal funders do not provide work experience. However, First Foundation will advertise any work experience opportunities to scholars who do not have access to work experience. For those who are applying for (and employed by their) corporate scholarship partner (e.g. OCS) will not gain new positions or work experience opportunities.

***Workshops will primarily be delivered online, larger events will be delivered in our main regions (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch)

****The scholarship provider determine how the scholarship funds can be used. The scholarship funds are primarily for tertiary fees. However, some scholarship partners do allow scholarship funds to be allocated for some university costs such as, text books, coursework resources, transport, accommodation and IT resources. Please note, this is not guaranteed for all scholarships.

CRITERIA

There are two different sets of criteria (you only need to meet one):

1. STANDARD scholarship programme criteria

Standard scholarship applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Must meet the household income threshold 
    • Income cap $75,000 1-2 dependants
    • Income cap $90,000 for 3 or more dependants
  • Must currently be enrolled at Year 12 or 13* level at a New Zealand secondary school
  • Must have an overall Merit or Excellence endorsement in Level 1 (or Level 2 for Y13)
  • Must be a New Zealand Citizen, NZ Resident, or Refugee Status

*There are limited (10%) scholarships available for Year 13 students

**dependants are your parents/caregivers children who are financially dependent on their income to cover primary living costs (accommodation, food, educational costs etc.)

2. CORPORATE scholarship programme criteria (for OCS and Briscoes Group applicants)

Corporate scholarship applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Must be employed OR related to an employee of the Corporate Scholarship Partner (eg. OCS, Briscoes Group)
  • Must currently be enrolled at Year 12 or 13* level at a New Zealand secondary school
  • Must have an overall Merit or Excellence endorsement in Level 1 (or Level 2 for Year 13 applicants)
  • Must be a New Zealand Citizen, NZ Resident, or Refugee Status

PREFERENCES:

*Preference is given to students who meet all or most of our preference list:

  • First in your immediate family to attend university (75%)
  • Currently enrolled at Year 12
  • Gained an overall NCEA Excellence endorsement
  • Passed all NCEA external assessments
  • Leadership and community involvement
  • Willingness to be a part of a mentor relationship
  • Proven positive and committed work ethic
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities whilst maintaining high academic grades

*Please note that preferences and criteria are different. The criteria outlines the compulsory requirements to be eligible for our scholarship programme. Our preferences are not compulsory requirements. They may give you a better advantage of being successfully selected for our scholarship programme. 

POTENTIAL scholarship subject/career pathway *criteria:

  • Accounting, Business, Commerce and Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Science

Please note, there are General scholarships available (where there is no specific career/subject pathway required)

*Most scholarship partner have their own subject/career pathway criteria. The list above are the most common disciplines our scholarship partners are looking for. Please note, there are general scholarships (no specific subject criteria) available.

First Foundation Scholarship


APPLICATIONS OFFICIALLY CLOSES 11:59pm, 19th JULY (Except for Briscoes Group applicants - closes 11.59pm, 31st JULY)

Our vision: An Aotearoa New Zealand where all people can succeed, thrive and lead.

Our mission: Strengthening the pathways, opportunities and choices that empower young people.

The purpose of a First Foundation 3-4 year scholarship programme is to assist students who have demonstrated the academic potential to succeed and who will face significant financial hardship in pursuing and successfully graduating from their tertiary studies.

Each year we offer approximately 50 places on our 3-4 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 we have set - see below). If you have been successful after the First Foundation interview stage (stage 2) your application may be referred to scholarship partners to decide if you are shortlisted to interview for their scholarship/s. 

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE STAGES

  1. Complete Application Form (Open: 29th April / Close: 19th July (except for Briscoes Group applicants - 31st July))
    • Eligibility Form 
    • Application Form 
    • Upload your supporting documents
  2. Interview stage with First Foundation (May - Sept)
    • Shortlisted for an interview with First Foundation (May - Aug)
    • Conduct First Foundation Interviews (May - Sept)
    • Tentatively match applicants to potential scholarship partners (based on their specific criteria)
  3. Interview stage with Scholarship Partner/s (Sept - Nov)
    • Shortlist for an interview with your potential scholarship partner (Sept - Nov)
    • Conduct interviews with your potential scholarship partner
    • Scholarship partner to shortlist their top candidates
  4. Scholarship Offer and Award (Nov - Mar)
    • Conditional offer to top candidate/s (Nov - Dec)
    • Induction to First Foundation programme for students only (Dec - Jan)
    • Orientation and Induction for students and whanau to meet their mentors (Jan - Feb)
    • Awards Ceremony (Feb - Mar)

Please note, time frames may be subject to change.

VALUE

  • 3-4 year scholarship programme (valued at $10,000) managed by First Foundation to provide talented young New Zealanders opportunities and resources to help them successfully navigate from school, through university and into a meaningful career. Our life-changing three-to-four-year programme creates a ripple effect in your community that will last forever.
    • A personal mentor* for 3-4 years (Year 13/1st Year University to 3rd Year University)
    • Paid work experience** (4-5 weeks per year)
    • Access to wrap around support from First Foundation’s Student Support Team
    • Access to Student Success Workshops and Events***
    • $12,000 towards tertiary fees/costs**** at degree level ($4,000 per year for the first three years of university)

* All efforts will be made to successfully match scholars to a personal mentor in their recruitment region by the Orientation and Induction in Jan - Feb. There may be delays if scholars are recruited outside of our main regions (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch) OR if a scholar moves away from their recruitment region.

**Only for scholarships who offer work experience. Trusts and personal funders do not provide work experience. However, First Foundation will advertise any work experience opportunities to scholars who do not have access to work experience. For those who are applying for (and employed by their) corporate scholarship partner (e.g. OCS) will not gain new positions or work experience opportunities.

***Workshops will primarily be delivered online, larger events will be delivered in our main regions (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch)

****The scholarship provider determine how the scholarship funds can be used. The scholarship funds are primarily for tertiary fees. However, some scholarship partners do allow scholarship funds to be allocated for some university costs such as, text books, coursework resources, transport, accommodation and IT resources. Please note, this is not guaranteed for all scholarships.

CRITERIA

There are two different sets of criteria (you only need to meet one):

1. STANDARD scholarship programme criteria

Standard scholarship applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Must meet the household income threshold 
    • Income cap $75,000 1-2 dependants
    • Income cap $90,000 for 3 or more dependants
  • Must currently be enrolled at Year 12 or 13* level at a New Zealand secondary school
  • Must have an overall Merit or Excellence endorsement in Level 1 (or Level 2 for Y13)
  • Must be a New Zealand Citizen, NZ Resident, or Refugee Status

*There are limited (10%) scholarships available for Year 13 students

**dependants are your parents/caregivers children who are financially dependent on their income to cover primary living costs (accommodation, food, educational costs etc.)

2. CORPORATE scholarship programme criteria (for OCS and Briscoes Group applicants)

Corporate scholarship applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Must be employed OR related to an employee of the Corporate Scholarship Partner (eg. OCS, Briscoes Group)
  • Must currently be enrolled at Year 12 or 13* level at a New Zealand secondary school
  • Must have an overall Merit or Excellence endorsement in Level 1 (or Level 2 for Year 13 applicants)
  • Must be a New Zealand Citizen, NZ Resident, or Refugee Status

PREFERENCES:

*Preference is given to students who meet all or most of our preference list:

  • First in your immediate family to attend university (75%)
  • Currently enrolled at Year 12
  • Gained an overall NCEA Excellence endorsement
  • Passed all NCEA external assessments
  • Leadership and community involvement
  • Willingness to be a part of a mentor relationship
  • Proven positive and committed work ethic
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities whilst maintaining high academic grades

*Please note that preferences and criteria are different. The criteria outlines the compulsory requirements to be eligible for our scholarship programme. Our preferences are not compulsory requirements. They may give you a better advantage of being successfully selected for our scholarship programme. 

POTENTIAL scholarship subject/career pathway *criteria:

  • Accounting, Business, Commerce and Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Science

Please note, there are General scholarships available (where there is no specific career/subject pathway required)

*Most scholarship partner have their own subject/career pathway criteria. The list above are the most common disciplines our scholarship partners are looking for. Please note, there are general scholarships (no specific subject criteria) available.

Opens
Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM (NZST)
Deadline
Jul 31 2020 11:59 PM (NZST)