We welcome applications for scholarships from students who excel in academics, sport and culture, and who will add value across the school’s four cornerstones – academic, sport, culture and service.

Priority is given to families with genuine financial need, and to applicants who enrol at Year 9 for boys and at Year 11 for girls.

Scholarship awards are generally in the vicinity of $3,000-$5,000 per annum, but will be made based upon the expertise of the applicant and the financial situation of the applicant family.

Please note that a financial declaration is required as part of any scholarship application.

Scholarship applications close at the end of Term 2 in any given year, and the applicant student must be enrolled and have attended their enrolment interview prior to this date.

Scholarships and bursaries

Academic Scholarship (Year 9 boys)
Awarded to students who perform impressively in the entrance testing examination. Up to two academic scholarships are available annually, each valued at 50% of tuition fees. All students enrolled as a prospective Year 9 for the following year and who sit the mid-year entrance testing receive automatic entry.

Cultural Scholarship
Awarded to a student whose involvement in instrumental music, choir, singing, debating, public speaking, drama or Kapa Haka has been of a sufficiently high level that they will confidently contribute to the cultural activities at the school. Evidence of past involvement in band, performance groups, Royal Schools, NZSB or Trinity Examinations, etc. forms an essential part of the criteria for this scholarship. A limited number of awards made annually at Year 9 for boys or Year 11 for girls.

Distance Boarding Scholarship
Awarded to applicants whose normal place of residence is Gisborne, the Hawkes Bay, south of Turangi or north of Warkworth. The applicant must be of outstanding all-round ability, and who in the opinion of the committee will make a major contribution to the general life of the school. A limited number of scholarships available.

Financial Hardship Bursary
Awarded on the basis of financial need. Application includes a confidential statutory declaration of family income and net worth.

Harington House Scholarship
Awarded to girls who show outstanding academic potential. Up to two scholarships awarded annually.

Sporting Scholarship
Sports scholarships are offered to young men and women who have achieved provincial or regional representation in their chosen sport of cricket, football, hockey, netball, rowing, rugby and tennis. A limited number of awards made annually at Year 9 for boys or Year 11 for girls.

Donny Trust Agribusiness Scholarship (up to 75% of tuition costs)
Awarded to one student every year who shows an interest in agribusiness, who lives in New Zealand and who may not have the financial means to attend a school outside of their area specialising in agribusiness. Applicants must have a strong academic record, good interpersonal skills, a passion for the primary industries and desire to pursue further education and a career in the agribusiness sector. More details available here.

Rolleston Scholarship
Administered by St Paul’s Foundation Ltd on behalf of Mr Humphry Rolleston, Patron. Awarded to a high achieving, existing student of the school.

Whesby Trust
Administered by the Whesby Trust to provide assistance for families of Anglican Clergy.

Williams Trust Administered by the Headmaster on behalf of the Williams Trust. The Trust’s purpose is the advancement of education in New Zealand or the advancement of religion in New Zealand.

Bayview Trust
Administered by the Bayview Trust to allow students to attend or continue to attend St Paul’s despite financial difficulties.

Parents' Association Scholarship
Administered by the Parents’ Association and awarded each year to a current Year 12 boy, for their final year, who has achieved outstanding academic improvement since his arrival in Year 9. Awarded at prize giving based on a given criteria.

External scholarships

Boarding allowance – Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education provides boarding allowances to help students who live in remote areas or who face other barriers to achieving at school, where boarding away from home is one of the options to help these students stay in education and achieve a qualification.

If you have any questions about the application process please email or call the Ministry of Education on 04 463 8085.