'Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui - Be strong, have confidence and determination. Life is what you make it...'

Hinewai Clark, awardee, at the Auckland award ceremony 2017




Open for applications March 2022

If you have any questions, please contact: enquiries@newhorizonsforwomen.org.nz


Please note: You will need to sign up to register on the applications website. Once registered, you will be able to start your application. You can return to complete your application at another time, by signing back in. This video shows how to continue a partially completed application.   View The Video


Purpose of the awards

Second-Chance Education Degree study Awards are for women who are engaging in tertiary education for the first time at Degree level (NZQA qualification level 7) and have not previously received an NHWT: HK Award at this level of study.

The awards are a one-off grant to help with study and/or living expenses.

Value of the awards

$3,000 to $4,000


Eligibility criteria

To apply for a Degree Study Award you must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

The applicant is a woman, who:

  • Does not already have a degree  

  • Is enrolled in an NZ approved tertiary qualifications 

  • Is studying at a degree level (NZQA qualification level 7) 

  • Has completed at least 30% or one full year (2 semesters) of the programme

  • Is a New Zealand citizen or holds a resident class visa

  • Lives in New Zealand 

  • Has not previously received an NHWT: HK Award (at this level of study)


Selection criteria

When selecting awardees, the selection panel consider the following:

  • Academic achievements

  • financial circumstances

  • personal circumstances and experience

  • use of funds

  • and ability to be a role model, especially for women.


If you are eligible for this award, please complete the online application form from 1 March and submit it by the closing date 15 April 2021.


N.B. Applicants studying at Toi Ohomai or Waikato University can also check the Toi-Ohomai Second-chance Education Degree awards to see if they are eligible to apply. Applicants living in the Manawatū-Whanganui region can also check the Second-Chance Education Degree Study Awards Manawatū-Whanganui awards to see if they are eligible to apply.

Second-chance Education Degree Study Awards