University of Waikato Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship is to support current New Zealand secondary school students to study Computer Science or Software Engineering at the University of Waikato.


Each recipient will receive $5,000 paid in two equal cash instalments paid directly to the recipient, subject to the recipient maintaining eligibility (refer to clause 2.3).

  • $2,500 will be paid after the withdrawal deadline for A Trimester.
  • $2,500 will be paid after the withdrawal deadline for B Trimester conditional on the recipient passing all A Trimester papers.

Scholarship Courses

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics


  • Be currently enrolled in either Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school;
  • Be intending to enrol full-time (a full-time academic year comprises 120 points) in one of the following undergraduate degrees at the University of Waikato for the first time in the year of tenure1:
    • BCompSc;
    • BSc(Hons) majoring in Computer Science;
    • BE(Hons) majoring in Software Engineering; and
  • Be eligible for domestic fees status (i.e., be a NZ Citizen, NZ Permanent Resident, NZ Resident Class Visa holder, or Australian Citizen/Permanent Resident domiciled in NZ) or an international student

Selection Process

Selection is based on:

  • Examination results of each applicant participating in the Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship examination.
  • Applicants who show sufficient proficiency in the subject may also merit placement in more senior papers.

To maintain eligibility, students offered the Scholarship must:

  • By the withdrawal deadline of A Trimester in the year following application, meet entry requirements and be accepted into one of the undergraduate degrees listed under clause  and
  • Enrol full-time in the year of tenure (i.e., 120 points, usually eight papers).
  • For further information on enrolment, please refer to the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences website.

The examination is coordinated through the School of Computer Science – for any questions about the exam contact

The examination is normally offered through the applicant’s school. There are two ways a school can participate:

  • Run a computer science class involving programming and encourage the whole class to sit the examination. This approach is common for large Hamilton schools.
  • Encourage students with a strong interest in programming to study for themselves and allow them to sit the examination at school or at the University of Waikato. This approach has brought in successful students from all over the Waikato, and from Northland, Auckland, New Plymouth and Wellington.

Schools are posted information about the Computer Science Scholarship Examination and application forms each year. If your school has not received an information pack or you have any questions, please contact  

Method of Application

Click Here to Apply

  • Please ensure you read the Guidelines on Applying for School Leaver Scholarships before you commence the application process.
  • If you are new, complete an application to enrol. You will need to do this BEFORE you can have access to apply for Scholarships and Awards.: Application to enrol
  • Once you have an account, log into MyWaikato and click on the ‘Scholarships’ tab to see the list of available scholarships: Apply now

Note: If you are a current student or already have a University of Waikato account you will be redirected to the MyWaikato screen. Log in to MyWaikato, select the ‘Scholarships’ tab and choose the scholarship you wish to apply for from the list at the bottom of the page.

For More Information,

Visit the Official Webpage

Application Deadline: September 15, 2024.