DWC Tertiary Scholarships

West Coast Tertiary Scholarships

Development West Coast offers four Tertiary Scholarships annually to first time tertiary students as a means to provide a pathway for West Coast students to attain tertiary qualifications and return to the West Coast to undertake their career. 

The scholarships are awarded to students who plan to embark on tertiary study. Scholarships are held for the duration of the student’s undergraduate degree programme, up to a maximum of 4 years, in a suitable field providing that the scholar achieves at least a B average each year and makes satisfactory progress in all respects.

The annual amounts are the sum of NZ $5,000.00 in year one, $7,500.00 in year two and $10,000.00 in year three [and year four if the qualification requires four years or more] of study, to assist towards the costs associated with the study undertaken by the student.


Successful applicants will need to:

  • reside on the West Coast or be able to demonstrate a substantive connection to the West Coast;
  • be entering tertiary study for the first time;
  • demonstrate a willingness to undertake paid work experience at a West Coast business in their annual academic break; and
  • demonstrate a willingness and commitment to return to the West Coast for employment post tertiary study.

DWC Tertiary Scholarships Regulations (PDF)

For more information contact: scholarships@dwc.org.nz

Applications open 9am on Monday, 5 August 2024. Check back then to find the application link.

Dec. 6, 2023

2024 Development West Coast Tertiary Scholarships announced

In a significant boost to regional talent development and retention, the 2024 Development West Coast (DWC) Tertiary Scholarships, along with a newly introduced WMS (Westland Mineral Sands) Group Scholarship, were presented at a ceremony at Monteith’s in Greymouth last night.

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  • Ella Rae-Wood - Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Rachel Morris - Bachelor of Nursing
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