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AUT students eligible for Auck City scholarships

AUT students now eligible for Auckland City scholarships

Auckland University of Technology students will now be entitled to apply for scholarships funded by Auckland City supported scholarships following a decision made at today’s Community Services Committee to alter the scholarships’ eligibility criteria.

Previously the Auckland City Council Queen Elizabeth11 II Scholarships and Auckland City 1990 Commemoration Scholarships for Maori Students were open only to Auckland University of Auckland students of Maori and Pacific Island descent who were in need of financial assistance.could demonstrate a need for financial assistance The criteria of both scholarships will now give priority The Commemoration Scholarship criteria limited to students undertaking courses relevant to the work of local government. The Queen Elizabeth 11 II Scholarships were previously open to students undertaking any course of study.

The scholarships are now to be jointly administered by the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology.
Both scholarships were administered jointly by Auckland City and the University of Auckland. The funding provided by Auckland City for the Auckland City Council Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships will be was matched on a dollar by dollar basis by the Pacific Island Polynesian Education Foundation.

Councillor Graeme Mulholland, Community Services Committee chairperson, says supporting young people to gain tertiary level qualifications and increase their employment opportunities is in line with Auckland City’s strategic priority to build strong and healthy communities.

He says the committee felt the scholarship criteria should be amended to ensure priority was given to students permanently residing within the city and undertaking studies related to local government.

“In the past, the scholarships have been given to some students who, while living in the city during their years of study, had in fact previously been living outside of the city. As Auckland City’s funding is drawn from the city for the benefit of its citizens, it would make sense that the scholarships are directed towards recipients that are indeed residents of the city.”

Councillor Mulholland says it also made sense to extend the eligibility criteria to include Auckland University of Technology students. The tri-lateral partnership will involve the joint administration of the scholarships by both universities and increase the number of students eligible to apply for Auckland City scholarships.

The committee also decided to loosen the scholarship employment criteria to allow students to work.

“The cost of obtaining an education and living in the city is rising. In this environment, it is important that students are able to work to alleviate some of the financial burden placed on them as they undertake their studies,” says Councillor Mulholland.

The Auckland City Council Queen Elizabeth 11 II Scholarships were established to commemorate the 1977 visit to New Zealand by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11II. This scholarship receives $20,000 from Auckland City and is matched with $20,000 from the Pacific Island Polynesian Education Foundation.

The Auckland City Council 1990 Commemoration Scholarships for Maori Students were set up to address concerns about the lack of graduate training being undertaken by people of Maori descent, and to commemorate New Zealand’s sesquicentennial. This scholarship receives $25,000 from Auckland City.

The average amount of the scholarships is between $2,000 and $6,000 with about ten students benefiting from each scholarship fund each year.

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