2016 New Zealand Scholarship results released today

08 Feb 2017

New Zealand Scholarship results for 2016 have been released and students can log into the NZQA website to check their results.

Almost 7,500 students participated in New Zealand Scholarship examinations in 2016, with 2,355 students being awarded one or more scholarships.

Students sitting New Zealand Scholarship are assessed on their ability to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation. Successful students are those who can also integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations.

NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Kristine Kilkelly says New Zealand Scholarship is regarded as the most prestigious secondary school award in the country.

‘New Zealand Scholarship is designed to extend the very best students and to financially reward those who are going on to full-time tertiary study in New Zealand.

NZQA congratulates all scholarship recipients on their well-deserved achievements.’

Premier Award, Outstanding Scholar Award and Top Scholar Award winners are being sent a letter from NZQA confirming their awards.

The 2016 New Zealand Scholarship Award winners:

Premier Award winners
Outstanding Scholar Award winners
Top Subject Scholar Award winners

Media contact:

NZQA Communications team
027 457 5783 or media@nzqa.govt.nz


  • To receive a monetary award, recipients must be enrolled in full-time tertiary study in New Zealand, and may defer the monetary prize for a year, unless granted approval from NZQA for a longer period.
  • For awards with second or subsequent year payments, students must maintain at least a “B” grade average in tertiary study in New Zealand.
  • Where a candidate meets the criteria for more than one monetary award, he or she will receive only the award of the highest monetary value. Where a candidate receives a Top Subject Scholar Award and also a Single Subject Award in a different subject, he or she will receive the Top Subject Scholar Award and a maximum of one $500 Single Subject Award. 

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