Tertiary Scholarships

GABA Tertiary Scholarships

In 2008, GABA and the GABA Charitable Trust created the GABA Secondary Scholarship programme to assist young LGBTI people leaving secondary school through their first year of full-time tertiary study. In 2011, in recognition of the increased costs and challenges of tertiary education, the scholarships were increased to $3,000 each.

The scholarships are offered to a student who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI), is seen as a good role model by peers and teachers, and who has excelled in effort and achievement in their secondary education. Scholarships are open to any LGBTI student who is enrolling in a full-time degree course, of at least three years duration, at any tertiary level institution recognised as such by the NZQA.

Scholarship applications for study in 2017 will open in early September 2016.

GABA/AUT University Tertiary Scholarships

In 2014, GABA formed an alliance with AUT University, and will now be jointly offering two additional scholarships for study at AUT, under the same conditions as our standard scholarships.

Students intending to study at AUT can apply online for the GABA/AUT Scholarship through the AUT online system. The closing date for GABA/AUT Scholarship applications is 30 September 2015.


The Award is open to any GLBT student who is enrolling in a full-time degree course of at least three years duration, at any Tertiary level institution recognised as such by the NZQA. The degree must be on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications. The recipient must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and have lived in New Zealand for at least the previous two years.

The recipient will be entering the first semester of year one, having successfully completed secondary school and having achieved university entrance in either of the previous two academic years prior to the year of intended tertiary study. (This allows for students taking a gap year.) Candidates will apply by completing all parts of the attached form.

The recipient will have shown a good level of academic achievement during their secondary studies. Involvement in extracurricular/co-curricular activities will be of particular interest. The recipient’s personal history, financial needs, academic record (particularly in terms of effort and achievement), and plans will be taken into account.

The Scholarship will be paid upon proof of registration and payment of course fees. Recipients who hold other grants or awards may be awarded a sum up to the value stipulated by the regulations (if any) relating to those grants or awards.

All candidates must be available (at their own cost) to attend an interview in Auckland and to be available to accept the award at an appropriate time and place.

Recipients will report briefly to The Trust at the end of their first year of study.

The Trust reserves the right to not to make an award in any particular academic year and explanatory reasons may not be given.

For further information, contact us.