NZ Scholarship 2019 Top Scholar Awards

3 Apr 2020

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has cancelled this year’s New Zealand Scholarship 2019 Top Scholar Awards ceremony due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.

The ceremony was to be held in early May at Parliament Buildings, hosted by the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins.

The Top Scholar Awards are New Zealand’s most prestigious secondary school awards, with the Prime Minister’s Award recognising the highest overall achieving student in the 2019 New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

“While we are unable to hold the awards ceremony this year, we want to ensure these students’ achievements are highlighted and celebrated,” said NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Assessment, Kristine Kilkelly.

“The students will still be receiving a certificate of their achievement as well as the associated monetary award. Students who achieved a Premier Award will also be receiving a medal, and the winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence will receive a trophy, as they normally would.”

“The winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence will be announced in early May,” Ms Kilkelly said.

More information about the New Zealand Scholarship Examinations and the overall 2019 New Zealand Scholarship results – including details of Top Subject Scholars and Premier Award winners – can be found on NZQA’s website.


Premier Awards are awarded to the top 7-12 students who had each achieved a minimum of three Scholarships with two or three at "Outstanding" level, or at least five Scholarships with one at "Outstanding" level.

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