Scholarships are a great way to help reduce your study costs. Every year we award over $200,000 to students just like yourself.

2018 Scholarships are now closed for applications.



Who is eligible?


Air New Zealand Regional Maintenance Ltd

Students studying on the Certificate in Aeronautical Maintenance Engineering Level 4.

Four scholarships $8000 (over two years)

Akaroa Salmon

First year students studying Diploma in Aquaculture (fish farming and fishery management).

One scholarship valued at 50% of your year one and subsequent year two course fees (approximately $3000)

Blenheim Lions

Full time students at Marlborough Campus.

One scholarship valued at $1500

Civil Contracting NZ Nelson Marlborough Branch

Second year Diploma of Civil Engineering students.

One scholarship valued at $1500

Constellation Brand Business

Second year Business programmes.

One scholarship valued at $2500

Constellation Brand Viticulture

First year Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking students.

One scholarship valued at $2500

Employment Support Marlborough

Students studying Trades at Marlborough Campus or Base Woodbourne.

Three scholarships $1500

Equity Scholarships

  • Pacific Island
  • Māori
  • Disability
  • International
  • Rural
  • ESOL (NZ Resident)

Students studying full time that identify on enrolment with one of the following groups: Pacific Island, Māori, Disability, International, Rural, ESOL (NZ Resident).

Three $1000 scholarships available

George Martin

Māori students descended from Top of the South iwi, studying at Marlborough Campus.

One scholarship valued at $1000

Janice Neame Scholarship

Full time third year students on Bachelor programmes at Nelson campus.

One scholarship valued at $2000

Kaiapa (Uncle) Jack Kohe

Full time students descending from Ngati Koata o Māori.

One scholarship valued at $1000

Kain Scholarships for Women

Female students at Nelson Campus.

Two $1000 scholarships (First year, Second year)

Karen Glasgow Study Scholarship

Mature women of at least 30 years of age.

Three $1300 scholarships

Closing date 31st January 2018

Marine Farming Association

Secondary School graduates from the Golden Bay area enrolling to study on an NMIT Aquaculture programme. Letters of application (including a one page essay demonstrating the applicant’s motivation to succeed in their study and why they want to work in the Aquaculture industry as well as relevant interests and experience) need to be emailed to Debbie Stone by Monday 30th October 2017.

One $2,300 scholarship awarded as a fees discount on an NMIT Aquaculture programme

Mitre 10 Mega Nelson

Students undertaking the one year full time New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills programme – Carpentry strand.

Two $1000 scholarships available

Nelson Federation of Graduate Women and Nelson Soroptimists

Full time female students on all Bachelor Programmes - second year at Nelson campus.

One scholarship valued at $1500

Nelson Federation of Graduate Women and Nelson Soroptimists – School Leaver

Full time female school leavers or first year students.

Three $1000 scholarships

Closing date 31st January 2018

Nelson Marlborough Freemasons Charity

All full time students.

Three $1000 scholarships (1 Marlborough, 2 Nelson)

Nelson Pine Industries (Business)

Students on a level 6 or above Business programme.

One scholarship valued at $1000

Nelson Pine Industries (Carpentry)

Students enrolled on NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills full time.

One scholarship valued at $1000

New Zealand King Salmon Aquaculture Scholarship

All Aquaculture Programmes. Two scholarships for 1st and 2nd year students.


One scholarship for Year 3 or Post Graduate student.

Two scholarships worth 50% of course fees (approx. $3500)

One scholarship worth 100% of course fees (approx. $6750)

New Zealand King Salmon Business Scholarship

Students enrolled on a Business related programme at NMIT.

One scholarship worth 50% of course fees.
New Zealand King Salmon Hospitality Scholarship Students enrolled in the Certificate in Culinary Arts Level 4 or the Diploma in Culinary Arts Level 5. One scholarship worth 50% of course fees.

Pene Ruruku Memorial

All full time Māori students.

One scholarship valued at $500

Toss Woollaston Art

All full-time Arts and Media Programmes.

One scholarship valued at $1000

Wine Marlborough

Second year Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking students.

Two $1500 scholarships

Zonta Scholarship for Women

Full time female students at Marlborough Campus.

One scholarship valued at $1000

Find out about the Government's Fees Free policy(external link) for first year tertiary study and if you are eligible.

Local School Leavers

Youth Guarantee

The Youth Guarantee initiative is open to 16-19 year olds and provides them with free access to select vocationally focused programmes.

Partnership Scholarships

Kono Ahumahi

Scholarships are available to you, if you are a descendant of the Wakatū Incorporation living in Te Tau Ihu O Te-Waka-ā-Maui.
Wakatū Incorporation are looking to build capability in the primary sector businesses trading under the umbrella of Kono NZ LP. On offer are scholarships to students already studying, or looking to study Aquaculture or Viticulture.
The scholarships are a partnership between Wakatū Incorporation and NMIT. They include one third of fees for a maximum of three years, mentoring, employment in the industry during holiday breaks and the opportunity to increase cultural knowledge.
For further information and application forms contact: Chan Collin, Rezource,

Soroptimist International of Waimea

Soroptimist International of Waimea is an organisation which works towards advancing the welfare and status of women. It is part of the Soroptimist mission to increase access to education. An Education Grant of $2500 is available to a selected woman aged 25 years of age or over residing in the Nelson/Tasman area while undertaking full-time tertiary study. Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or have been granted permanent residence.

TO APPLY: Download [PDF, 170 KB] and complete all three pages of the Education Grant Application Form and, having read and agreed to the conditions of the Grant, sign the form. Email the form to the Secretary: Closing date for applications: Monday 5th February 2018.


NGO Social Work Study Awards

The NGO Social Work Study Awards are funded and administered by Community Investment, a service of the Ministry of Social Development – the intent of these awards is to help build the capability of people working in community-based social services.
Up to 85 new awards are offered every year to assist employees of non-government organisations (NGOs) to undertake part time study for a degree level qualification in social work. These awards aim to help support employees of NGOs who have previously studied (or who are already studying) and want to complete a social work qualification that meets the educational requirements for social work registration.

More information is available from the Ministry of Social Development(external link)

External Scholarships

External Scholarships, grants and awards are a great way of also funding your tertiary education. Here’s some information about what’s out there and how to get it, along with some links to get you started. Any external scholarships you obtain do not affect any NMIT specific scholarships you may wish to apply for.

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