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Ara | Te Pūkenga Scholarships

Ara is proud to offer a wide range of scholarships which can save you thousands of dollars. Some recognise academic excellence, community leadership and sporting achievements. Others are designed to help meet skills shortages in specific industries, or to simply encourage individuals into education. If you meet the eligibility criteria, we encourage you to apply when you apply for your programme of study.

If you have any queries regarding Ara Scholarships, please contact us at

Ara Advantage Scholarships

Our Ara Advantage scholarships are funded and awarded by Ara and open to any current or prospective Ara student who meets the eligibility criteria. If you’re successful in being awarded one, you can spend it on anything that helps you succeed in your studies, e.g. rent, transport, childcare, course fees.



Hardship Grants

Ara offers a Study & Living Grant as well as a Māori & Pacific Childcare Grant. Please click here for further information.

Focus Scholarships

These scholarships are provided by industry and community donors. In most cases, they relate to a specific area of study, level of study or purpose. They’re open to any Ara student who meets the scholarship’s specific eligibility criteria.

If you’d like to consider offering a scholarship in your name (or your organisation's), please fill out and submit this form. A representative of the Scholarships Office will then be in touch with you to discuss the scholarship.



Partner Scholarships

These scholarships are made available by Ara to organisations that have a formal partnership agreement with the institute. Only individuals affiliated with, or members of, those organisations can apply for them.