Each year, the Massey University Foundation distributes about half a million dollars in scholarships and bursaries to Massey University students. We are very grateful for the support of everyone who has established or donated to a scholarship fund. Thank you so much for helping these students reach their potential.

If you would like to support students by donating to a scholarship please visit our List of Funds page.

We believe that scholarships have the power to change lives. Here are some of the students whose lives have been impacted through the generosity of Massey University alumni, staff and friends.

Aryan McKay’s doctoral research hits particularly close to home. The Massey University clinical psychology doctoral student is investigating the hauora (holistic wellbeing) benefits and therapeutic applications of taonga pūoro (Māori musical taonga). Aryan has first-hand experience of the therapeutic powers of taonga pūoro, using music to help overcome depression, anxiety and fibromyalgia. But the motivation for her thesis came from her children. “I have two boys who have been diagnosed with ADHD and they have quite complex, high-need behaviours and learning requirements. I wanted to learn more about taonga pūoro and support them better.” The use of taonga pūoro has helped her boys calm down when they’re hyperactive or emotionally dysregulated, Aryan says, “I've also seen it help them focus, learn, express themselves, and build their confidence. “It's not just about me playing taonga pūoro to them. They've played and made taonga pūoro, and they've come to wānanga and oro (sound) sessions with me. The benefits are in all of those processes.” A two-time recipient of the Lovell and Berys Clark Scholarship, Aryan says the support, totalling $15,600, has relieved the financial pressure of her study enormously. The scholarship has funded a range of costs associated with her research. Read more


Lovell and Berys Clark Scholarship

Overseas study has always been on the cards for Anna Wilson, and scholarship support has helped make that goal achievable. The Bachelor of Agricultural Science student received $3000 through the Violet Wickham Bursary in 2022 and a further $4000 this year. Anna is self-funding her university education through part-time work and the student loan, and was recently awarded a Commonwealth Supported Place – a subsidy – to do a Masters in Agricultural Science, majoring in Agribusiness, at the University of Melbourne. “My goal has always been to go overseas to continue studying and as soon as you leave New Zealand your student loan starts accruing interest. The bursary has allowed me to keep my student loan as low as possible, making overseas study more financially feasible.” An internship at Fonterra in the Waikato last summer, while hugely interesting and inspiring, did not match her normal 60 hours a week of farm work over the summer, so her savings were below normal. “Last year the bursary helped pay my second semester fees and I was able to avoid using the student loan in the second half of the year.” Read more


Violet Wickham Bursary

“I was born in Samoa and came to New Zealand as a three-year-old. My parents were never in a position financially to pay for higher education so after finishing high school I entered the workforce to help my parents with the bills.

In 2010 my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. My husband and I decided that I would quit my job to take care of my mother. During those final months of her life I spent a lot of time with my mother and I came to understand that she was a very intelligent woman but, like our family growing up, her family’s poverty prevented her from going further in education. I questioned her on why she didn’t seek opportunities for further education after arriving in New Zealand and her answer broke my heart. She said, “because no one ever told me I could”. Read more


Peter Collett Extramural Bursary

“Honestly, this scholarship made such a difference to my final year. It took the financial stress away so that I could focus on my degree. There is no way I could have got a job and still performed to the level I wanted at university. I had my heart set on getting the Dux award for veterinary science and this scholarship, in essence, helped me to do just that! I’m now working in my dream job as an Aquaculture Veterinarian in Tasmania. I love working in this industry as there is always so much innovation and research to get involved with. Thank you to the family of Hugh MacDiarmid and the Massey Foundation for giving me the step up I needed to reach my full potential as a veterinarian.”


Hugh MacDiarmid Bursary

“Before I received the scholarships I worked long hours, I was constantly tired and stressed, and I worried my research would suffer as a result. After I received the scholarships my life was so much better! I stopped working and fully dedicated myself to my PhD on an emerging species of Campylobacter. The scholarships made such a big difference; I can’t thank the Foundation’s donors enough”.


Joan Berry Postgraduate Scholarship

“Receiving the Massey Undergraduate Scholarship last year was a huge blessing. The scholarship money was incredibly helpful in reducing the financial burden associated with placements, textbooks and living costs. It also took a bit of the pressure off, meaning that I didn't have to work during the semester, leaving me more time to study and enjoy the degree.”


Massey University Undergraduate Scholarship

“I was fortunate enough to receive the Ken and Elizabeth Powell Bursary two years in a row while completing my engineering degrees. My passion for mechatronics and machine intelligence seems to mirror that of the Powells who left a bequest to Massey to support students involved in the advancement of technology. I’m immensely grateful for the K&E Powell Bursary as it allowed me to quit my part-time job so I could dedicate more time to my studies and to the engineering projects I am passionate about. The bursary is also helping me service my student loan, allowing me to pay it off quicker so I can head overseas to complete my PhD and not get stung with interest. I’d love to undertake a PhD in robotics engineering before returning to New Zealand to work. My hope is to one day introduce ground-breaking technologies in the field of machine intelligence to New Zealand’s engineering industry.”


Ken & Elizabeth Powell Bursary

“The Massey Foundation grant allowed me to attend Maynooth University in Ireland for three months during their fall semester, which was an amazing experience. One of the biggest things I took away from my studies was how rich and complicated the history of Ireland is. My lack of context pushed me to really focus during my classes and learn quickly. The Irish history of suffering, revolution and fight is incredibly interesting and inspiring.

One of the highlights of my time over there was travelling to other parts of Europe during the university breaks. This was only made possible by the financial help that the grant gave me, and without it I wouldn’t have been able to leave Ireland. I am very grateful to have received the grant from the Massey Foundation. It enhanced my overall experience so much, eliminated my stress about money and allowed me to fully immerse myself in the Irish culture which was a huge blessing.”


Massey University Foundation Grant

“During my final year of my PhD study in Palmerston North the devastating Nepal earthquake struck my home, leaving extensive damage to our family houses and critically injuring my mother-in-law. The financial support I was receiving from my parents, in-laws and family suddenly stopped because my family lost their capacity to fund me. My husband immediately returned to Nepal to support our families so I alone took the responsibility of our two school-aged children in NZ.

The new New Zealand bursary supported me immensely during this critical situation and allowed me to support my family so I could complete my PhD thesis successfully and on time. It was not only a financial support for me but also an emotional and moral support too.”


Massey University Foundation Grant

"Receiving the Massey University Undergraduate Scholarship was a great help towards covering additional costs during my third year in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science programme. The practical nature of my degree means there are several costs associated with it in addition to the course fees, such as travel and accommodation at placements, specialist equipment and appropriate wet weather gear for rural practice.

The scholarship was immensely helpful in allowing me to meet these extra expenses so I could concentrate on learning and maintaining my high grades. Thank you to the Massey alumni who contribute to the scholarship fund in order to make this scholarship possible. I’m looking forward to completing my degree in 2018 and getting a job as a veterinarian at a mixed practice clinic."


Massey University Undergraduate Scholarship

“I’m a hardworking, committed kiwi student with one goal, which is to work in the toy industry creating toys that improve the quality of children’s play. The new New Zealand Grant helped me take the next step towards achieving my career dream and I’m extremely grateful for that. I am currently enrolled in a Master of Design investigating the hybridisation between digital media and physical play objects.

The grant allowed me to purchase research equipment, such as electronic and traditional play objects for testing. It also removed a tonne of financial pressure and allowed me to keep my current employment to just three days a week so I could spend the remainder of my time fully focused on my study. Thank you to the Massey Foundation for believing in my vision and giving me the step up I needed.”


Massey University Foundation Grant

“Originally from South Africa, education was very important in our household and I always knew I wanted to go to university. However, when my dad was forced to retire our family went through very difficult times financially and I ended up completing high school by distance so I could work to support the family. When the recession hit us hard, my Kiwi husband and I decided to move to New Zealand, with our seven-month old son, to go dairy farming. I felt a bit lost starting over in a new country with a new baby so I didn't pursue university study right away.

In 2015, my husband was offered a job on a farm in Australia so our family of five moved over the ditch. However, eight months later, and having already started my extramural study with Massey, half the business closed and my husband was made redundant. After living in a tent for a few weeks with our three boys, my husband was fortunately offered another job. However it meant a pay cut and financially things were very tight. Read more


Peter Collett Extramural Bursary

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