Sir Edmond Hillary Scholarship

The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship is the University of Waikato's premier school leaver scholarship. It supports school leaver students to excel in a sporting code or creative or performing art, to achieve high academic standards, and to develop leadership qualities through a tailored leadership and personal development programme.

Recipients of this scholarship are recognised for all-round talent in academia, sport or creative and performing art, and leadership. 
They receive a full domestic fees Scholarship for the duration of their studies, plus academic support, access to leading coaches and skill development assistance, free UniRec (on campus fitness centre) membership and physical conditioning plus a leadership and personal development plan.
Applications are now open for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme in 2018. Applications are to be submitted online and are due no later than the 31st August 2017.


For school leavers and gap year students who demonstrate academic achievement, a significant achievement to date and potential to further excel in either a sport or a creative or performing art and a strong potential for leadership.
The value of the Scholarship is up to $10,000 per annum for the duration of an undergraduate qualification, subject to continuing to meet the Scholarship's requirements.
For more information and to apply for the scholarship please CLICK HERE


Register for Lydia Ko Scholarship

2017 saw Alanna Campbell and Momoka Kobori travel to Florida to learn from the world number one and with great success.

More information to follow soon regarding the 2018 Lydia Ko Scholarship. 

About the scholarship

This scholarship programme will see two promising female amateur golfers receive a hands-on guidance and mentoring from Lydia Ko and her team of providers.

Each year, the two selected golfers will travel to Lydia’s training base in Florida for a week where they spend time with Ko, learning what it takes to reach the top in the sport.

The World Number One has recently been back in the country where she inspired many with her third ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open title, which will no doubt encourage many more aspiring female golfers to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Ko commented on the scholarship showing her class outside the ropes once again.

“I am really pleased to be able to work with New Zealand Golf and in a small way help the next young golfers. I received assistance from so many people as I was growing up and it is nice to be able to give something back. I’m looking forward to spending time with the recipients and hopefully they enjoy their time with me,” said Ko.

Over the years of developing her game, Lydia surrounded herself with a strong support team that helped her develop all the skills necessary to play elite golf on the worlds’ best courses against the worlds’ best golfers.

When the time came for Lydia to test her skills internationally, she was fortunate to receive the necessary support. Ko is looking to give back and help offer similar if not better opportunities to New Zealand’s up and coming talents.

Chief Executive of New Zealand Golf, Dean Murphy is happy to see the scholarship going ahead for the second year running and couldn’t speak higher of our world number one.

“Lydia shares New Zealand Golf’s goal of wanting to see more New Zealand golfers succeed on the international stage and we are delighted to be working closely with her on this initiative,” said Murphy.

“The Scholarships are a brilliant initiative which provide a truly remarkable opportunity for young New Zealand female players. Lydia is a wonderful ambassador for our sport and our country and this will be a once in a lifetime experience for the scholarship recipients.”

Dean Murphy continued: “I cannot overstate how special an opportunity this is and for me, this underlines what a special person Lydia Ko is. At such a young age and so early in her career, she is already looking at ways to give back. This is an incredibly generous gesture and really demonstrates Lydia’s wonderful character.”