New Zealand High Commission Nuku'alofa, Tonga

New Zealand Awards 330 Scholarships

330 Tongans have been granted scholarships by New Zealand for study at approved tertiary institutions in Tonga.

There were 499 applications for the 2012 In Country Awards, funded by New Zealand’s Aid Programme. The total cost of the scholarships is TOP$550,000.

The scholars will have 50% of their tuition fees paid at the beginning of the semester and the remaining 50% will be reimbursed provided that the recipient achieves an A or B grade average. Recipients with C grade averages will receive 25% of their full tuition cost. Applicants who do not achieve an A, B or C grade average will not be eligible for a reimbursement. This year New Zealand will also support a number of students to complete their final year of their bachelor degrees at USP in Fiji through this tuition award.

“This is the 14th year of this scheme, which we think is the most effective way to help ordinary Tongans get a tertiary education,” said High Commissioner Dr Jonathan Austin.

“Supporting study at local institutions builds local capacity and enables us to help many more people compared with the cost of study overseas.”

“The scholarships also reward good performance.”

“We’re committed to Tonga’s future. These students are part of that future.”

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