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One idea, eight regions and hundreds of lives transformed. That's the simple story behind First Foundation, a unique educational trust founded to assist academically talented New Zealander students worthy of support, a hand up to tertiary education, and to prepare them to positively influence and benefit their communities.



The Scholarship Partner (sponsoring organisation) provides $4,000 each year (total of $12,000 over three years) towards their student’s university costs.



Each student is matched with a mentor, whose role is to assist students through the major transitions from high school to university and guide them through new experiences within the scholarship programme.


Work experience

The Scholarship Partner or Work Experience Partner provides a minimum four to five weeks paid work experience per year which allows students to develop skills in a safe work environment and build new networks.

Scholarships awarded since 1998


Volunteer mentors supporting our students


Students who complete our programme and graduate with a degree


Our Sponsors