Mihingare  Secondary School Scholarships
provided by the St Stephen’s and Queen Victoria Schools Trust Board

The Mihingare (Anglican) Secondary School Scholarships are for Māori secondary school students who demonstrate financial need, leadership qualities/potential and a satisfactory educational background, and who will benefit from additional financial support for their secondary schooling. Each year, a maximum of 30 scholarships worth up to $7,500 each are offered.

The St Stephen's and Queen Victoria Schools Trust was established by the Anglican Church in 1961. The Trust’s purpose is:

"The advancement and propagation of education for children in New Zealand, principally for girls and boys of New Zealand Māori descent but including peoples of all races and denominations, principally through the provision and management of schools and the provision and continuing development of an integrated curriculum which features foundation teaching, learning skills and excellence and blends elements of Māori concepts and Christian values with the New Zealand education curriculum".


In 2016 the St Stephen's and Queen Victoria Schools Trust Board established the Mihingare Scholarships to achieve the purposes of the Trust in order to enable Māori to succeed as Māori and access quality educational pathways.


Applications for 2021 are now closed.



To be eligible, you must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident; and

  • plan to undertake secondary school education (Year 9 to Year 13) at a New Zealand school in 2021.

Applicants that were awarded scholarships in 2020 are required to submit a new application in respect to 2021.


Selection Criteria

Applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • leadership qualities/potential;

  • a satisfactory educational background; and

  • financial need


Given the history and purpose of the St Stephen's and Queen Victoria Schools Trust, consideration will also be given to applicants who:​

  • are Māori;

  • are Anglican;

  • will be attending Māori Anglican Special Character schools;

  • are whānau of past students of St Stephen’s and Queen Victoria schools.


The Mihingare Scholarships are valued at up to NZ$7,500 each, to help cover the costs of secondary schooling – school fees, boarding fees, books, school uniforms, etc.


Note that this scholarship is not intended to cover all costs and there is an expectation that parents/whānau/guardians will also contribute towards the total costs of the schooling.


Scholarship funds are generally paid directly to the secondary school. In certain circumstances the Trust may elect to make payment directly to parents/whānau.


Award conditions

  • Your scholarship is conditional on enrollment into the secondary school and Year Level stated in your application;

  • Your scholarship must be taken up in the year following confirmation of the scholarship;

  • The period of your scholarship is one school/academic year, and you are expected to complete a full year. Leaving school part-way through the year a proportion of the scholarship will have to be repaid;

  • Should you change schools during the year, your scholarship is not transferable to another school and any continuation of funding will be subject to a new application to the Trust.

  • You must fulfill the necessary reporting requirements which will include providing copies of school/academic results;

  • You will endeavour to attend any events that the St Stephen's and Queen Victoria Schools Trust Board invites you (and your whānau) to attend. Also, you may be asked to fulfill some media requirements before, during or after your scholarship.

How do I apply?

Complete and submit the application online by using the link below (available when applications open) by the application deadline. 

As part of this application process you will need to register using an applicable email address, provide answers to a number of questions and attach a number of documents in support of your application . These documents include:

  • Details current educational background: latest school report and/or NCEA results;

  • A letter of support from your current school (written by a teacher, dean or Principal) commenting on your educational/academic success, other interests, and personal attributes (including leadership qualities/potential);

  • A letter of support from a community leader or kaumatua commenting on your whānau, connections to iwi/hapu and community, how the funding will assist you to attend the school, and your personal attributes;

  • If applicable a letter from your local Anglican parish or a certified copy of your baptism or confirmation certificate.

  • A personal statement prepared by the student, for whom the application is submitted, detailing why the student wishes to attend the chosen school, their aspirations for the school year and beyond, their connection with the Church and their leadership roles and qualities that are relevant to this application;

  • Information supporting the financial need of the student and the students whānau/parents/guardians.


You are able to save and return to your application at any time by logging in.

Applicants will be notified by early November regarding whether they have been offered a Mihingare Scholarship.