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 those who enrol at Year 9 for boys and Year 11 for girls. A limited number of scholarships are awarded after consideration by the scholarship committee.

Scholarships are generally in the vicinity of $3,000-$5,000 per annum but will be made based on the financial situation of the family and the expertise of the applicant. Please note that a financial declaration is required as part of any scholarship application.

To apply for a scholarship, applicants must first complete an enrolment form and attend an enrolment interview. A scholarship application can be downloaded from this page and submitted by the end of Term 2 in any given year.

Scholarships and bursaries

Academic Scholarship
An academic scholarship may be awarded to students who have excelled academically. Two year 9 boys who perform impressively in the entrance test examination will automatically be considered for a scholarship. Year 11 girls entering St Paul’s may also apply for an academic scholarship based on their school results.

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. is an essential part of the criteria for this scholarship.

Sporting Scholarship
Sports scholarships are offered to young men and women who have achieved provincial or regional representation in their chosen sport.

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. The application includes a confidential statutory declaration of family income and net worth.

Donny Trust Agribusiness Scholarship (up to 75% of tuition costs)
Awarded to one or two new-to-school senior students who show an interest in agribusiness, live in New Zealand and may not have the financial means or accessibility to attend a school specialising in agribusiness. Applicants must have a strong academic record, good interpersonal skills, a passion for the primary industries and a desire to pursue further education and a career in the agribusiness sector. More details available here.

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 when boarding can help these students stay in education.If you have any questions about the application process please email or call the Ministry of Education on 04 463 8085 and see their website here.

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