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1st Yr Agriculture & Horticulture Scholarships

There are many scholarships available to first year agriculture and horticulture students.

Please note: Applications only open three months before the listed closing date.

Some of the larger scholarships for which students just starting their degree can apply for are:

New Zealand Dairy Industry Undergraduate Scholarships

These scholarships are designed to assist students of high academic calibre to undertake a Bachelors degree that will provide them with the education and training to support the sustainable development of the NZ Dairy Industry. There are 50 of these scholarships given out each year, and studying towards an undergraduate degree in agriculture at Massey University (including Bachelor if AgriCommerce) makes students eligible for these scholarships. Successful applicants will receive about $6,200 annually for the rest of their degree.

  • Applications close on 7 December

Visit the DairyNZ website to find out about the eligibility criteria and application process

Zespri Science Scholarships

Any student intending to begin a Bachelor of Horticultural Science at Massey University are eligible for this scholarship, especially those interested in the kiwifruit industry. It is worth $5000 per annum (total of $15,000), and will be paid out for each year of your degree if your academic performance remains high.

Applications close on 31 January
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NZ National Fieldays Society Agribusiness Scholarship

Worth $5,000 each; these scholarships are for students who undertook Agribusiness Achievement Standards for NCEA and who are enrolling in the coming year for a degree at Massey University in agricommerce or agricultural science.

Applications close on 31 January

NZ National Fieldays Soc Massey Agribusiness Scholarship - regulations.pdf (216 KB)  

Fieldays Massey Scholarship application form.docx (92 KB)  

T&G Undergraduate Scholarships

All students who intend to study horticulture at Massey University, are also eligible for this scholarship, which is also worth $5,000 per annum, and will be paid out for each year of your degree if you continue to perform well.

Applications close on 3 March each year
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Norwood Undergraduate Scholarships

These scholarships are worth $5000 each year for 3 years and can be applied for by undergraduate students studying agriculture.

Applications close on 3 March
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FMG Agriculture Scholarships

FMG is a leading rural insurance company in New Zealand, and is offering two scholarships each year for students starting a course in agriculture. Each scholarship will be worth $4000 per year for each year of their degree. Students enrolling for courses in agriculture or agricommerce are eligible.

  • Applications close on 1 November

Visit the FMG website to find out about the eligibility criteria and the application process

Other Scholarships available to students starting a degree in agriculture or horticulture are:

Ballance Agri-Nutrients Scholarships

These scholarships from the Balance Agri-Nutrients fertiliser company are available to any "direct members of a shareholder's family or company employee." Farmers and growers who buy fertiliser from this company become shareholders. Each year, there will be four scholarships available, each worth $4000, for students entering a degree in the "primary industry field." Application forms can be obtained on the Ballance web site.

Applications close on 31 October
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Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust

Students wishing to obtain an education in agriculture or horticulture are invited to apply for financial assistance from the Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust. They cater mainly for students in the region stretching from Wanganui to Wellington.

Applications close on 31 October each year
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Doris Elizabeth Geraldine Swadling Award

Doris Elizabeth Geraldine Swadling Award
These awards are for students from Taranaki wanting to be trained in agriculture.

Applications close at the end of October
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Hawke's Bay Fruitgrowers' Association Horticultural Scholarships

These scholarships, each worth $2000, are also for students interested in studying horticulture at Massey University, though applicants should be from Hawke's Bay, and be keen to return to that region once the degree has been completed.

Applications close on 1 November
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David Levene Foundation Bursaries

These bursaries are worth up to $10,000, and are mainly for horticulture students, but other students are also eligible. One of the main criteria for this bursary is whether financial hardship is likely to prevent recipients from attending university.

Applications close on 15 November each year
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Bashford-Nicholls Trust Scholarship

Scholarship applications will open from 1 October 2019 for those studying or planning to study agriculture or veterinary science or undertaking post-graduate research in these areas.

The Bashford-Nicholls Trust, managed by BAF, has scholarships available for tertiary (vocational or undergraduate) and post-graduate (Masters or PhD) students. For tertiary students awards range from $1,000 to $4,000 per year and for post-graduate students from $13,000 to $20,000 per year.

Applications close on 16 November
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Awarua Trust Scholarships

These awards are for students from near Morrinsville wanting to be trained in agriculture.

Applications close twice each year, on 28 June and 28 November
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Glad McArthur Horticultural Scholarship

Scholarships up to $2000 are available for students from Central Otago wishing to study horticulture.  

Applications close on 30 November
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Kitchener Memorial Scholarship

These $500 scholarships are available for students taking courses in agriculture who are either members of the armed forces or children of members of the armed forces.

Applications close on 1 December
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Hugh Williams Ravensdown Memorial Scholarship

To commemorate the service and dedication of Hugh Williams, who died in a farm accident on 19 May 2000, Ravensdown (also a fertiliser company) and the Williams family have established a memorial scholarship. One scholarship will be awarded per year and the successful applicant will receive $5000 for each year of study. In addition the recipient will be offered the opportunity of paid holiday work at Ravensdown. This scholarship is intended to encourage undergraduate study in an agricultural or horticultural degree and will be open to the sons or daughters of Ravensdown shareholders who are intending to undertake full time undergraduate study at Massey University. More information on this scholarship plus the application form can be obtained on the Ravensdown web site.

Applications close 6 December
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Don Scott Agricultural Education Trust Grants

Likewise students studying agricultural related courses and who live principally within the boundaries of the Manawatu/Rangitikei or Wanganui Federated Farmers Provinces can apply for Don Scott Agricultural Education Trust Grants.

Applications close on 18 December
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Alliance bursaries

Alliance offers the following bursaries for the children of shareholders. These bursaries are offered in the hope that some will return to their community and pass on the benefits of their learning to that community and its industries.

Applications close on 26 January
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L A Alexander Financial Assistance for Tertiary Students

The L A Alexander Agricultural College Trust Board provides financial assistance to enable students born or educated in the Taranaki/Waverley area to undergo education in the fields of agriculture, horticulture or other subjects related to farming. Application forms can be obtained from the Trust at PO Box 69, New Plymouth 4340.

Applications close on 28 February.
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Wairoa Veterinary Club Award

Applicants must have been Wairoa Veterinary Club members for the last five years, or the children of members who have held membership for the last five year membership.
Applicants must be commencing tertiary studies in Veterinary Science, Veterinary Nursing or Agriculture.

Applications close on 3 January
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Sydney Campbell Scholarships

Students studying agriculture or horticulture from the Wairarapa are eligible for Sydney Campbell Scholarships, each worth $1,500. 

Applications close on 3 March
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Sir John Logan Campbell Agricultural Scholarship

This scholarship is to encourage students from Auckland and other urban areas to undertake a degree in agriculture. It is worth $2000 and is open to any student from an urban background who is just starting their agriculture degree.

William Reed Scholarships

These scholarships of $1000 are available for students who once attended Palmerston North Boys High School and who are now studying agriculture at degree or diploma level.

Applications close on 3 March
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Horticulture New Zealand Undergraduate Scholarship

Five scholarships are available each year from Horticulture New Zealand, each to a maximum value of $3000, for students intending to study horticulture at Massey University. Applicants should provide evidence of their interest in fruit growing or vegetable growing.

Applications close on 20 March
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NZ Pork Industry Undergraduate Scholarships

These scholarships are worth up to $1500 and are for students undertaking a Bachelor of Agricultural Science or Bachelor of Animal Science degree who intend to undertake at least 2 weeks practical work on a commercial pig farm.

Applications close on 20 March
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Horizons Sustainable Land Use Initiative Scholarship

The Horizons Regional Council (based in the Manawatu-Wanganui area) have a scholarship scheme in which they award five scholarships each year worth $2000 each to students in their 1st or 2nd Year of a programme that would make them suitable to be employed by their Regional Council to advise farmers on how to use their land sustainably. This is mainly aimed at reducing further soil erosion in the region. Students can later apply for $10,000 scholarships from this scheme once they reach their 3rd Year of the programme. Students within the agriculture major of the BAgriScience degree would be most suitable for this scholarship

More information

Anybody wanting further information on scholarships for students entering an agricultural or horticultural degree at Massey University (or who want application forms) are welcome to contact:

Dr Kerry Harrington
Chairman, Applied Academic Programmes Scholarships Committee
School of Agriculture and Environment (PN 433)
Massey University
Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North 4442
Phone: (06) 350-4926
Fax: (06) 350-5680

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