There are a large number of scholarships available to Taratahi students to help towards paying programme fees and/or accommodation while studying with us.  We have listed some of these scholarships below; please note that they are listed in closing date order.

Some of the scholarships have closing dates before the programme starts.  There are also scholarships available with specific criteria, some of which may only apply to a particular region. 

We are happy to help students apply for scholarships.  Some scholarships require an interview with the provider, as well as a written application.  Our team can work with students to prepare them for the interview, practising interview questions, personal presentation and confidence.

As well as applying for scholarships, students should also contact Studylink to see if they are eligible for training and living allowances.

If you have any questions about the scholarships available call us 0800 TARATAHI or email us.  

GrowingNZ also have a directory of Scholarships which are available - check this out on their website -


This list is not comprehensive.  It is worth checking with your local district council to see what other scholarships are available to you. The scholarships listed below are summarised here: Click here to see a table of available scholarships.

1. Edmond Sanderson Jeff Farm Scholarships - Salvation Army - closing date Friday 9 February 2018

Awarded annually to students enrolling at Taratahi. Up to 20 scholarships are awarded.  Priority will be given to those who need assistance on account of their financial situation, their existing environment or their state of health.  Applications open October and must be received by no later than Friday 9th February 2018.  Interviews will take place at Taratahi's Wairarapa Campus.  Download the application form here.

2. The FMG Taratahi Scholarship - Year 1 students - closing date 28th February 2018 and the FMG Taratahi Scholarship - Year 2 students - closing date 28th February 2018

FMG has been protecting the property and livelihoods of people up and down the country since 1905.  FMG is 100% NZ owned and operated and is proud to be the country's only rurally-based insurance company around today. 

The FMG Taratahi Scholarship aims to maintain a strong link between FMG and Taratahi with the promotion of both organisations and promoting further tertiary education for those entering the agricultural sector.  Application forms can be found here for Year 1 students and here for Year 2 students

3. Janine Young Memorial Award - closing date 31st March 2018

Awards scholarships for any student studying at Taratahi. Applications to be made directly to the Trust.

This award is made from the annual interest earned on a Trust Fund of $25,000 set up by David W Steele, a farmer and a tutor at Waikato Polytechnic from 1985 to 1996. He always had the good of his students at heart, keen to help struggling persons on the first steps to further education or knowledge. The award is in memory of one of his students, Janine Young, who epitomised his ideals. She had a young family and worked very hard to gain further knowledge but died of cancer before the completion of her polytechnic course. 

The award is to assist in the furtherance of qualifications or skills of people in the carrying out of agricultural extension or communications.  It may be granted to assist with tuition fees for agricultural education. The award may also be granted to provide funds for technology transfer by staff or students in agriculture, or to subsidise travel to an appropriate overseas conference of relevance to agricultural extension or communications. 

Normally several smaller awards have been made annually to individuals commencing tertiary education in agriculture or continuing students, particularly where there are personal or circumstantial difficulties.

To Apply: There is no application form, application is by email with attached summary of your CV. Within the email you are required to cover your intentions, funding arrangements and any other relevant information, i.e. What you currently study and where; What you wish to achieve; Your future intentions (i.e. where do you see yourself in 5 years and How will you get there?), Family Situation and Financial situation (include course fees and living costs, travel costs, etc.).

Applications close with the DW Steele Trust:  Awards are made after the AGM in May/June.

4. Margaret Bashford Scholarship - closing date 17 February

Awards scholarships for students who live in the South Taranaki and Stratford Districts, Taranaki and New Zealand.  Application forms available from Harris Taylor Ltd, Chartered Accountants, PO Box 141, Hawera.  Phone 06 278 5058 or you can download the application form here.

5. Royce Nicholls Trust Scholarship - closing date 17 February

Awards scholarships for students who live in South Taranaki and Stratford Districts, Taranaki and New Zealand.  Application forms are available from Harris Taylor Ltd. Phone 06 278 5058 or you can download the application form here.

6. L. A. Alexander Agricultural College Trust Board Inc - closing date 28 February

The Trustees may grant financial assistance to tertiary students who were born, educated or are being educated in the Taranaki/Waverley area, to enable them to undergo tertiary education in all, or any, of the fields of agriculture, horticulture, forestry and all types and purposes of farming and related fields.

Applications close 28 February each year.  The application form is available here.

7. Rural Women New Zealand - various closing dates - see below.

Various bursaries (scholarships) are available. See their website for more information and to download the application forms.  Brief details of grants available are:

  • Education Fund - Applications close 1 March and 1 July.  Grants up to $500 are available to people over 25 years of age who wish to further their training or education in order to improve their skills. Preference is given to those who live in smaller centres or rural areas.  Download the application form here.

  • Audrey Reid Grant - Applications close 30 October.  A grant of $600 is available for people over 25 years of age who wish to focus on subjects that will benefit rural, for example agriculture/horticulture.   Click here for an enrolment form.

  • Diamond Jubilee Agricultural Tertiary Bursary - closing date 1 March.  A one-year bursary is available to students undertaking a full-time course of at least one year in an agricultural subject.  Click here for an application form.

  • Text Book Grant for Tertiary Students - closing date 1 March.  A one-off grant is available to tertiary students to assist with the purchase of resource materials, including software.  Click here for an application form.

  • Tertiary Bursary - closing date 1 March.  A one-year bursary of $1,000 is available to tertiary students.  Financial need, the reasons for the course of study and the intended use of the qualification are considered when awarding the bursary.  Click here for an application form.

  • Hawke's Bay Agricultural Tertiary Bursary - closing date 1 March.  A grant of up to $1,500 is available for students in the horticultural, agricultural or bee-keeping fields, enrolled in a course of at lease one year full-time.  The bursary is to be used for course fees, text books, online resources or other course related costs.  Applicants need to be residents of Hawke's Bay (Wairoa District, Napier City, Hastings District and Central Hawke's Bay District).  Click here for an application form.

  • Tararua Provincial Education Grant - closing date 1 March.  A one-year Tertirary book or resource grant to assist students who are NZ citizens and resident in the Tararua or Central Hawke's Bay area.  Download an application form here

8. Dairy NZ Excellence Awards - closing date 1 March

The DairyNZ Excellence Awards are a method of providing support and industry recognition for talented dairy trainees which encourages trainees to not only complete their programmes and gain qualifications but to also excel and aspire to further industry participation.  These awards demonstrate the value the industry places on qualifications in farm management.

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre will be funded to award up to three DairyNZ Excellence Awards annually of up to $2,000 each to three dairy trainee applicants who have completed the National Certificate in Agriculture Level 4 of Diploma.

To view criteria and application form click here.  Nominations are usually called for in July of the previous year.

9. Carterton District Council - closing date 1 March

Carterton District Council awards a $500 scholarships for students who live in the Wairarapa and are enrolled in and attending a Level 3 or 4 programme at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, Wairarapa campus.  This scholarship covers both Agricultural and Equine students.  Application forms can be found here.

10. Sydney Campbell Undergraduate Scholarship - closing date 1 March

The Sydney Campbell Scholarships are provided under the Will of the late Mr. Sydney Campbell, Riverside Farm, Masterton, and are tenable at Massey University.

Scholarships are open to students from the Wairarapa south of Woodville and between the coast and the Tararua/Rimutaka Ranges and who have attended secondary school in this district.

Priority will be given to students who are taking courses in Agriculture or Horticulture and show a desire to return and live in the Wairarapa upon completing their course.

The scholarship is tenable for one year and valued up to $1,000. However, Trustees may choose to extend the scholarships for additional periods at their discretion.  the application form will be loaded when it becomes available.

11. PGG Wrightson/Taratahi Scholarship - first year - closing date 10 March

This scholarship is for students who are enrolled at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, Wairarapa Campus.  The student should be enrolled in a one-year, full-time Level 3 programme.  Criteria for award of the scholarship are based on merit and future promise of the student.  Application forms can be found here.

12. Sargent Motorcycles/Taratahi Scholarships - closing date 10 March

This scholarship is for students who are enrolled at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, Wairarapa Campus.  The student should be enrolled in a one-year, full-time Level 3 programme. Criteria for award of the scholarship are based on merit and future promise of the student.  Application forms can be found here.

13. Beef + Lamb New Zealand (b+lNZ) - closing date Friday 24 March

Applicants must be registered in a full-time course at Taratahi prior to the selection process taking place. Applicants can be studying either the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture, Level 4 (Sheep and Beef) or the Massey Diploma in Agriculture Level 5.

Criteria for applicants is as follows:

  • Demonstrate a passion for the livestock, meat and related agribusiness sectors and an intent to pursue a career on or off-farm.

  • Academic merit.

  • Evidence of potential leadership skills and/or service to the community or sporting activities etc.

  • Agreement to attend a one/two day seminar to improve the understanding of the livestock, meat and related agribusiness sectors.

  • Agreement to contribute to the development and promotion of New Zealand Beef & Lamb Industry (e.g. school promotion visits, career days etc) a maximum of two events in local proximity.

  • Agreement not to accept any other scholarships without prior discussion.

  • The scholar shall be required to participate in a project during the programme.

To apply for this Scholarship click here for the application form.

14. Parininihi Ki Waitotara Trust - closing date Friday 31 March

Supporting educational and cultural purposes of Taranaki Maori. E tautoko ana i nga mahi matauranga me nga mahi Maori o nga uri whakaheke a nga iwi o Taranaki. 

For more information go to Parininihi Ki Waitotara Trust or call 0800 759 462 or (06) 769 9373.

15. Regina Rudland Memorial Scholarship - closing date Friday 31 March

The Regina Rudland Memorial Scholarship is open to Māori students of Ngāti Porou descent, undertaking study in the fields of Agriculture or Apiculture at Level 3 or higher.  Certificates and Diplomas may include, but are not restricted to:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture - Level 3

  • New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture - Level 3 and 4

  • New Zealand Certificate in Equine - Level 3

  • Diploma in Agriculture - Level 5

Applicants must be enrolled in full-time study for the full year, meet the criteria for the scholarship and submit the application and supporting documentation on time.  Priority will be given to those with demonstrated financial need.  Please download the application form here.

16. Putaruru Veterinary Club Education Trust - closing date 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

The purpose of the Trust is to provide financial assistance to students of veterinary science, agriculture and other areas of study that will benefit agriculture/farming.

The Trust is for the benefit of students who have lived for at least five years in the wider South Waikato District formerly serviced by the Putararu Veterninary Club or who are currently employed in a veterinary practice in this area.

Applicable areas are in Putaruru, Tirau, Tokora, Mangakino, Whakamaru, Tirohanga, Waihaha and Atiamuri.  Download the application form here.

17. Te Putea Whakatupu Trust

The Trust exists to support and accelerate Maori social and economic development by providing strategic leadership in education, sills and workforce development.

These scholarships are available to Maori undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time in 2016 in an agriculture or agribusiness related degree.  Check out more information and an application form here.

18. Maori and Pasifika Trades Training Initiative (MPTT) - applications can be received and processed throughout the year

The Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) initiative recognises the vital role that communities play in supporting young Māori and Pasifika learners in their educational journeys, and in educational achievement and economic aspirations. 

The Te Ara o Takitimu scholarships are available to students aged under 40 studying on the Masterton campus on a full-time, full-year level 3 or 4 programme commencing semester 1 or 2.  The scholarship pays for your programme fees being paid and includes additional pastoral and cultural support being available to you.

Please find more details of the initiative and the application form here.

19. The New Zealand Charolais Cattle Society - closing date 31st May

For more than a decade the New Zealand Charolais Cattle Society (NZCCS) has focused on collecting complete animal performance data.  The NZCCS are offering one scholarship a year for a student studying either our NZ Certificate in Agriculture Level 3 or NZ Certificate in Agriculture Level 4.  Check out the details here and download the application form.

20. Silver Fern Farms Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships - closing date Friday 24th August

Silver Fern Farms has announced the establishment of a $30,000 annual fund to support young people who want to further a career in the food and farming industry in New Zealand.  Their vision is Inspirational Food created by Passionate People. Providing support to young people who want a future in the food and farming industry is important to Silver Fern Farms. Through the Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships they are committing to investing in their future red meat sector leaders and recognising and rewarding excellence emerging in our communities.

The fund will award six Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships of $5,000 to young people each year to assist with developing their careers in food and farming in the red meat sector.  Scholarship applications are open to people wanting to develop their career in the food or farming industry with interests in; red meat, farming, farm cadet training courses, agriculture, marketing and sales, research and development, food processing, cooking and food technology.

Scholarship applications are invites from anyone aged between 18 and 25.  Applicants must be supported  by a Silver Fern Farms Co-operative Shareholder. The applications close at 5pm on Friday 24th August.  Scholarship application forms are available from or download the application form here.

All scholarship enquiries should be directed to

21. Wairarapa Rural Women New Zealand - closing date 27 September

Students must be enrolled in and attending the one year, full time New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture either Level 3 or Level 4 and students can be either intake.  Selection criteria is based on merit and future promise.  Preference is to award scholarships to students who live in the Wairarapa. Applications open in August each year.

To look at more detail on the criteria and download an application form - click here.

22. Kiley Family Memorial Trust - closing date 30 September

Preference is given to students from less well-off backgrounds.  Criteria for application includes students who wish to attend a boarding school or tertiary institution away from home; have included agriculture in their field of study; desire ultimately to take up a career in farming, farm management or an agriculture-based industry; and live in the Taranaki/Whanganui area.

Click here for further information about the scholarship and Trust.  The application form is available here

23. Whangarei A & P Society - closing date 30 September

A study scholarship is available for students who are domiciled within the boundaries of the Northland Regional Council area and planning a career in agriculture or related industries.  The scholarship is for those contemplating or are already participating in agricultural related tertiary study. (e.g. Diplomas, Degrees, NZ Certificates level 3 and above, or equivalent).  Download an application form here

24. LW Nelson Agricultural Scholarship - closing date TBC - opens in September each year

The LW Nelson Agricultural Scholarship helps Northland high school students who wish to further their education at an agricultural institution and intend to take a course for a minimum of three years.  The scholarship was established in 1958 by Northland farmer and business man Laurence Williams Nelson.  The LW Nelson Agricultural Scholarship is managed and administered by Public Trust.  For more information check out the Public Trust website here.

The scholarship is open to students attending:

  • Kamo High School

  • Pompalier College

  • Tikipunga High School

  • ​Whangarei Boys' High School

  • Whangarei Girls' High School

25. Ray White Allens Education Foundation - closes mid October

The Ray White Allens Education Foundation is an approved charitable trust offering Scholarships annually to Northland youth who demonstrate a passion for excllence and are looking to achieve their career goals through further education and training.  For more information check out the website here. Applications open later in 2017.

26. Rotary Club of South Wairarapa - closing date 30 October

Awards a scholarship to residents of the South Wairarapa Rotary District.  Application forms available online in October each year.  

27. Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust - closing date 31 October

The Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust provides funds to assist farming students, including those wishing to study agriculture and animal husbandry. Support may be provided for education, travel and accommodation expenses when studying at a tertiary educational institution.

Grants will only be given to students living in the Presbyterian Support Central area which includes Wellington, Horowhenua, Wairarapa, Manawatu, Whanganui and Taranaki areas.

Click here for further information about the scholarship.  The application form is available here

28. Elsie and Laura Lehmann Trust - closing date 31 October

Awards scholarships for students who live (or once lived) in or close to the Borough of Stratford. Applications are to be made in the form of a letter outlining personal details and programme to be followed.  Applications should be sent to: Trustees of the Elsie and Laura Lehmann Trust, PO Box 82, Stratford 4352.  

29. Rotary Club of Wellington North - closing date 31 October

The Rotary Club of Wellington North offers a number of study grants each year through the Scholarship Trust.  The grants are available to students from the Wellington Region but can be utilized for study in any institution.

Applications are invited from individuals within the Wellington region who, because of financial hardship, need assistance to enable them to undertake a tertiary or vocational education programme.

Greater Wellington includes the following regions: Kapiti, Carterton, Masterton, South Wairarapa, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington Regions.

Grants are usually between $1,000 to $3,000 with about $60,000 being distributed each academic year.

Click here for the website and to apply for an application form for the 2018 academic year.  Application forms will be available in September 2017.

30. Peter Laing Memorial Trust - closing date 1 November

Awards scholarships to residents or those with strong links to the Wairarapa.  Application forms are available from the Masterton District Council website in around September each year.

31. Meridian Energy/Taratahi Scholarship - closing 1 November

Students must be enrolled in the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture Level 3, full-time programme at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, Wairarapa Campus.   Applicants must submit a two-page report - guidelines are given on the application which you can find here.

32. PGG Wrightson/Taratahi Scholarship - second year - closing date 20 November

Students must be enrolled in a full-time New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture Level 3 with the intention of continuing study either in the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture Level 4 or the Massey Diploma in Agriculture Level 5.  The application form can be found here.

33. Robert Gibson Methodist Trust Board - closing date 20 November

The Robert Gibson Methodist Trust is a charitable trust with discretionary power to award bursaries to boys, girls, young men and women who are attending University, Polytechnic, or other approved educational institutions.

Preference is given to students who are either Methodist or Presbyterian and who desire to follow an agricultural course.  Application forms are available online from the Trust.

34. JE Prestidge Trust Scholarship - closing date 20 November

Open to students in Taranaki who have resided in the province for at least twelve months, who are attending or have attended Inglewood, Waitara, Okato, Opunake, Stratford or Hawera High Schools or St Mary's Diocesan School, Stratford and who are between the ages of 16 and 25 years on 20th November in the year in which they apply, and who are proceeding to full time study at the Taranaki Polytechnic or at a University, Agricultural College, or an Agricultural training school.

Application forms may be obtained from Kellie Parker, Till Henderson, Lawyers, P O Box 192, Stratford. In addition, a current school report (one copy) should be included covering the candidate's academic record, special positions of responsibility she/he may have held at school and participation in school activities (drama club, Interact, sports etc). Application forms available mid October. 

35. Harwood Farm Trust Scholarship - closing date 30 November

Preference is given to students from East Coast of the North Island.  Click here for more information on the Harwood Trust and the application form.  Applications close end of November.

36. Doris Elizabeth Swadling Trust - closing date 30 November

Preference is given to students from the Taranaki region wishing to study agriculture and aged under 21 years. Click here for further information about the scholarship. 

37. Westpac/Taratahi Scholarship - closing date 1 December

Students must be enrolled in a New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture Level 3 with the intention of studying the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture level 4.  Click here for an application form.

38. Māori Education Trust

A number of different scholarships are available through the Māori Education Foundation.  They all have different criteria.  Please visit for more information.  Applications are made online only.

39. Richard Mills-Taratahi Scholarship - closing date 31 October

A $12,000 scholarship to Taratahi student/s wanting to continue their agricultural studies either at Taratahi (second year programme), Massey University or other tertiary agricultural training organisation. Applications must be made by 1 November each year.  Click here to download an application form.

40. Don Scott Agricultural Education Trust Grant - closing date 18th December

Grant financial assistance available to enable individuals or groups who principal place of residence is within the boundaries of the Federated Farmers Provinces of Manawatu/Rangitikei and Whanganui, to pursue agricultural related studies or group learning initiatives.  Click here to download an application form.

41. Stihl Shop Scholarship

No applications required.  Given to a student who shows good technical ability.  Selection criteria will include the student’s attitude, improvement over the first six months of their programme, ability and credit completion.  Awarded after six months of study (for a January intake student this will be in July, for a July student) and awarded at Wairarapa campus Graduation. 

42. Stratford High School - Craig Scholarship

The scholarship is available to a student or former student of Stratford High School to pay fees or expenses while undertaking a tertiary agricultural or horticultural course.  Applications are currently closed.

43. Williams ADB Charitable Trust

Scholarships for students from the Dannevirke area. Application forms available from: ADB Williams Trust c/o Dorrington Poole & Partners, PO Box 69, Dannevirke.

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