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The Papatoetoe High School academic scholarships

Scholarship terms and conditions


Public Trust is the Trustee of the estate of Brent Lewis.  In his Will, Mr Lewis provided for a committee to be formed and grant scholarship awards to assist students at Papatoetoe High School to further their tertiary education.  The awards are to be known as “The Papatoetoe High School Academic Scholarship”.

Applicants should carefully consider the criteria which may be varied from time to time.


Important dates

  • Applications close annually on 30 September.

  • Successful applications will be announced at senior prizegiving.


Eligibility criteria

Applications are open to eligible students of Papatoetoe High School.  To be eligible to apply the student must:


  • be a New Zealand Citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand

  • have a minimum of three year secondary education at Papatoetoe High School

  • be currently enrolled at the school

  • intending to enrol in full-time study in an undergraduate course at a New Zealand tertiary institute.


How to apply

  1. The  application form must be completed and handed to the school office by 30 September.

  2. Full course details including annual cost are to be provided.

  3. Past academic records must be supported by an essay (maximum 250 words) on “Why are you doing the course of study you have chosen, what is your intended career and what would you like to achieve with your qualification and in your career?”



  • Special consideration will be given to students who have shown a high level of academic achievement and who through personal or family circumstances would suffer financial hardship by undertaking tertiary education.

  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

  • The value of the scholarship may differ from year to year and may also differ between applicants.

  • Scholarship is a one-off scholarship and intended to assist the applicant with their first year tertiary study costs.  Living costs and travel costs are not covered by the scholarship.

  • The committee reserves the right to withhold the payment of any amounts due under the scholarship in the event of the misconduct of any person holding the scholarship.



In most instances, payment will be made by the Public Trust direct to the education provider on proof/confirmation of enrolment.   If you require part of the payment to allow you to purchase books or computer, this will need to be broken down and clearly shown in your application.


Any questions should be directed to the Public Trust Auckland, Private Bag 17906, Greenlane, Auckland.  Telephone 985 6844. Toll free 0800 371 471.

Useful Links

Below are a list of useful links for further information regarding Papatoetoe High School and studying in New Zealand:

Ministry of Education


Term Dates 2023 

External Exams Dates

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