How to Apply

Stages of applying for a First Foundation scholarship.


Each year we aim to offer approximately 50 places on our 3-4 year scholarship programme, funded by our scholarship partners. Our scholarship partners are businesses, trusts and personal funders who believe in our transformational programme (3-pillar model) and want to give a "hand up and not just a hand out" to deserving young people who want to make difference in their whanau and community.

Each of our scholarship partners have their own criteria (on top of our general criteria). If you have been successful after the First Foundation interview stage (stage 2) your application may be referred to scholarship partners to decide if you are shortlisted to interview for their scholarship/s. 


  1. Complete Application Form (Open: 29th April // Close: 19th July / 31st July for Briscoes Group Applicants only)
    • Eligibility Form (see criteria)
    • Application Form 
    • Upload your supporting documents 
      • NCEA School Summary Results
      • School Reports x 2 
      • School supporting (reference) letter
      • Cover letter
      • Declaration of application (this form can be downloaded from the application)
      • Financial declaration form - (this form can be downloaded from the application). Please note, the financial declaration form is not applicable for OCS and Briscoes Group (Corporate) applicants.
  2. Interview stage with First Foundation (May - Sept)
    • Shortlisted for an interview with First Foundation (May - Aug)
    • Conduct First Foundation Interviews (May - Sept)
    • Tentatively match applicants to potential scholarship partners (based on their specific criteria)
  3. Interview stage with Scholarship partner/s (Sept - Nov)
    • Shortlist for an interview with your potential scholarship partner (Sept - Nov)
    • Conduct interviews with your potential scholarship partner
    • Scholarship partner to shortlist their top candidates
  4. Scholarship Offer and Award (Nov 2019 - Mar 2020)
    • Conditional offer to top candidate/s (Nov - Dec)
    • Induction to First Foundation programme for students only (Dec - Jan)
    • Orientation and Induction for students and whanau to meet their mentor (Jan - Feb)
    • Awards Ceremony (Feb - Mar) 
Please note, time frames may be subject to change.