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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

Applications for the 2023 scholarships now open



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