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Applications can be made via the link at the bottom of this page.
This scholarship was established to support new student athletes enrolling at Massey University with a previous record of high achievement in sport and who show future potential in their chosen sport.
Tenure and value
Up to 25 full-time and part-time scholarships may be awarded annually. The value of the scholarship shall be $5,000 for full-time students, or pro-rated for part-time students, for one year.
In addition to the scholarship, successful recipients also become members of the Massey University Academy of Sport. The Academy of Sport provides sport and academic support to each athlete including physical conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, gym memberships, group topical seminars and training gear. Academic support provides one-on-one staff support, time management and academic planning, career advice and assistance with scheduling conflicts.
Athletes accepted into the programme are typically of national and international standard in their chosen sport code.
Applicants must be eligible, and intending, to enrol:
•for either full-time (minimum of 105 credits) or part-time (minimum of 45 credits) study;
•in the first year (i.e. 100 level) of a Bachelor degree programme;
•in the year following the award of the Scholarship;
•at any Massey University campus, including distance.
All applicants need to meet the entry criteria for the degree programme that they intend to enrol in at Massey University.
School leaver applicants studying under NCEA should normally have attained an NCEA Level 2 certificate at Year 12 and, in the opinion of the school, must be clearly capable of achieving University Entrance.
School leavers with other qualifications (e.g., International Baccalaureate, Cambridge) and non-school leaver applicants must be able to document academic achievements that are comparable with those required of school leaver applicants at University Entrance or similar.
Applicants must be achieving in their chosen sport/s at a minimum of provincial / regional level. Officials, referees and umpires are not eligible for consideration.
Selection will be made on the basis of:
•evidence of excellence in sport in the previous three years both inside and outside of the school context (e.g. provincial or national representative)
•evidence of support from both their coach and national body (compulsory). Two separate letters of support are required.
In making their selection, the Committee may also refer to applicants' academic records.
The Selection Committee will be mindful of the University's strategies in relation to Māori and Pacific students, and to students with disabilities.
The scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of a Selection Committee comprising the Chair of the University Scholarships Committee or nominee, at least one of the High Performance Coordinators, a representative of External Relations and Development, an academic staff member from the sports area, at least one of a Māori academic staff member, a Pacific academic staff member, the Disabilities coordinator.
Payment will be made in two instalments upon confirmation of enrolment in semesters one and two, following the official withdrawal dates for these semesters. Payment and continuation in the Academy of Sport in semester two shall be subject to successful completion of all enrolled semester one courses, continued participation with their sport, at or above the level at which the scholarship was awarded and active participation in the Academy of Sport programme.
Conditions of the Scholarship
These scholarships are not tenable with other Massey University scholarships.
Recipients would normally be expected to compete for a Massey University sports team. Where recipients are unable to compete for a Massey University team this must be discussed with the High Performance Coordinator and allowances may be made on a case-by-case basis.
You should prepare the following before starting the application
•A one page Curriculum Vitae highlighting your sporting achievements
•A brief statement (300 word maximum) indicating why you think you should be awarded this scholarship. This should expand on your best achievements listed in your CV and outline what your future goals are in relation to your study
•A statement outlining future sporting goals in your chosen sport – both long term goals (next 5-8 years) and short term goals (next 2-3 years)
•A list of all targeted sporting competitions for the year the scholarship will be held
•A supporting letter from your coach
•A supporting letter from the relevant National Sporting Body (NSO). If your sport does not have an NSO or you are unable to supply a supporting letter from your relevant Regional Sports Organisation (RSO) or equivalent
•A statement from the Year 13 Dean or Principal confirmation that they believe you are clearly capable of achieving University Entrance at the end of this year (if applicable)
•Supporting evidence of your cultural identity (if applicable).
For Māori applicants this is written confirmation of your whakapapa, from a Kaumātua. For Pacific students this is written confirmation from either a Church or Community Leader
Application forms can be completed here:
20 August in the year prior to the Scholarship being tenable.
For further information visit: http://academyofsport.massey.ac.nz
Application cannot be accepted before 20/05/2019.
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Last updated on Tuesday 18 June 2019