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Toloa Tertiary Scholarships (STEAM)

Toloa Tertiary Scholarships (STEAM)

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Toloa Tertiary Scholarship applications have now closed

The Toloa Tertiary Scholarships aim to inspire and support Pacific students in their engagement with STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

Toloa’s Vision is to make a transformational impact in the communities we live in. Toloa Scholarships support Pacific students to pursue studies in STEAM. Toloa supports Pacific Peoples in STEAM pathways over a whole of life approach from ECE, primary, intermediate, secondary, tertiary through to the workforce. Now in its seventh year, the Toloa funds are achieving the goal of helping tertiary students to cover their tuition fees and compulsory course related fees.

The Toloa Tertiary Scholarship package includes tertiary tuition fees and compulsory course related fees up to $10,000, for 1 year of fulltime study for STEAM-related tertiary courses and subjects. 

Toloa scholarships are also available for secondary students.

View last year's list of recipients.

The Toloa programme is exploring meaningful ways in how the Creative Arts exists within Pacific STEAM careers. This is a growing area for definition and programme development. For now, the creative arts are defined within the Toloa programme as creative and innovative skills, processes and knowledge that are transferable into STEAM careers. These include liberal arts, language arts, social studies, physical arts, fine arts, performance arts and music. Toloa has also begun accepting applications from those in vocational education.

Applications for our 2023 scholarships opened on Friday 8th July and closed at 8pm on Friday, 5 August, 2022.

If you have any questions about the scholarships, please email [email protected]


About the scholarships

STEAM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths subjects. STEAM skills and knowledge are not new to Pacific people.

The Toloa programme champions that Pacific peoples come from a lineage of navigators, explorers, innovators, and experts in STEAM. STEAM skills  are adaptable in a vast ocean of career pathways and opportunities.

The Arts is defined within the Toloa programme as creative and innovative skills, processes and knowledge that are transferable into science, technology, engineering and maths careers.

STEAM in Tertiary study

For our Toloa Tertiary Scholarships, the priority of Focus STEAM Specialties include Engineering, Architecture, Surveying, Spatial Science, Business and Systems Analysts, Software Programming and Multimedia.

Applications for the Toloa Tertiary Scholarships have now closed.

Applications opened on Friday 8 July, 2022.

Applications closed at 8pm on Friday 5 August, 2022.

Applicants are informed about the outcome by early September, 2022.

The Toloa Tertiary Scholarship package includes:

  • Tertiary tuition fees and compulsory course related fees up to $10,000 for 1 year of fulltime study for STEAM-related courses and subjects.
  • Toloa alumni programme – access to STEAM networks, mentors, employers.

An invoice from your Tertiary Provider will be required for your course of study, and funds will be paid directly to your tertiary provider.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be of Pacific descent
  • Have completed the equivalent of 1-year full time study at a tertiary or vocational provider
  • Be enrolling in the second year or higher of a STEAM related course in 2023 (first year tertiary students are already financially supported by the government's First Year Free Fees Scheme)
  • Provide proof of academic record showing B+ average GPA.
  • Hold New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency. 
  • Provide two signed letters of support by two independent referees. These can be an academic mentor, a Pacific Liaison Officer or senior academic referee aligned to your current course of study, plus someone to provide a character reference such as a Pacific Liaison Officer, a senior community member, youth minister, counsellor, sports coach or other mentor. (Referees cannot be friends or family members). In their letters, your referees need to validate the ways in which you are an ideal candidate for a Toloa scholarship.
  • Demonstrate commitment to Pacific language and/or culture.

Toloa Secondary Scholarship applications have now closed

Applicants were able to apply by completing the online application form or via email by 8pm on Friday 5 August 2022.

Toloa Tertiary Scholarships are not available for:

  • Course related costs such as equipment, transport and living expenses.
  • Students that are not enrolled in a formal New Zealand tertiary institution or approved vocational training provider
  • Students that are not enrolled in STEAM subjects
  • Travel expenses locally, nationally, and internationally
  • For-profit activities
  • Initiatives that are not aligned with the priorities of this scholarship fund
  • Programmes and activities delivered overseas, including the NZ realm countries
  • Wages, salaries, infrastructure, fixed assets and capital expenditure
  • Debt repayment or debt servicing. 

If you are enrolled in STEAM subjects at a New Zealand secondary school, please apply for the Toloa Secondary School Scholarships instead.

If you need more information about the Toloa Tertiary Scholarships, email [email protected]

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