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The Hi-Tech Foundation’s 'He Whetū Mārama Ngā Karahipi / Leading Light Scholarship Programme’ provides financial support for career development and advancement of New Zealand technology students.

Each year five successful applicants will be awarded up to $5,000 each to cover their tuition and living costs.

Scholarship application guidelines

To be eligible for this programme, you must:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • Illustrate financial need
  • Be a graduating high school senior or current student enrolled in higher education
  • Maintain progressive academic records

We will give preference to applicants that can illustrate a career trajectory that will:

  • Increase innovation in technology
  • Increase life opportunities
  • Increase aspirations
  • Increase community engagement
  • Provide greater empowerment
  • Enhance well being

2023 Scholarship Applications have now closed

Applications for 2024 Scholarships will open in October 2023



More information is available on Perpetual Guardian’s website here or contact us at scholarships@hitech.org.nz.

“Our core purpose is to encourage diversity and inclusion, with strong Māori and Pasifika involvement, including application forms in te reo Māori – and in building diversity and encouraging participation there is real opportunity for all New Zealanders to contribute to the valuable hi-tech sector if they wish.”

David Downs, Chair, NZ Hi-Tech Trust