$10,000 Michael Baldwin Memorial Scholarship for South Pacific Nations at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on September 7, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    New Zealand
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

  • Scholarship amount given

    9000 - 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    , Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
  • Expenses covered

    Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    [email protected] [email protected].

About the Scholarship 

The University of Waikato initiated a scholarship in 2004, The Michael Baldwin Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship aims to commemorate the memory of Michael Baldwin who has served as one of the dedicated staff members until his passing in 2003. Prior to his tenure at the University of Waikato, Michael had a significant teaching career in Papua New Guinea, and he contributed significantly to the educational journey, at the institution known as the University of Goroka.

This scholarship is a tribute to Mr. Baldwin’s commitment as an educator and his sincere dedication to supporting others in their educational pursuits. Its establishment was made possible through the generous contribution of the Baldwin family.

Michael Baldwin Scholarship 


Source: The University of Waikato

Michael Baldwin is a former staff member of the University of Waikato and was born in 1947. He has devoted his life to education since his graduation from the University of Canterbury with a degree in Mathematics. He worked as a secondary teacher in New Zealand and started his teaching journey in Papua New Guinea in 1970. Michael played an important role in coaching athletes, and education, and contributing a positive impact to the student’s life.

Michael Baldwin continued his profession in Wellington upon his return to New Zealand before joining the University of Waikato’s Foundation Studies Department. He specialized in helping international students develop in their education and excel in their studies and ambitions. Tragically, Michael Baldwin passed away at the age of 55 in 2003.

To pay tribute to his memory, Baldwin’s family established a scholarship for international students from the South Pacific Nations to pursue their higher degree in full-time study at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. The scholarship was named in his honor which aims to support the students in need of financial assistance.

About the University 

Source: The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato aims to deliver high-quality education and innovations that offer the right path to every student’s career and life goals. The university has a smaller class, affordable living, accessible faculty, and diverse services with a unique and exciting culture. They offer a flexible degree option that tailors every student’s interests and lifestyles.

The university is internationally recognized with a higher ranking in its subjects and a 5-star rating. They provide numerous scholarships that support the studies of both local and international students. Students will learn from experts with award-winning faculties and engage in industries, and internships that will gain real-world experience. The University of Waikato is dedicated to delivering top-notch research and education, which foster distinctive university experiences and build stronger international connections to advance knowledge and skills.

Scholarship Summary

  • Applicant’s Nationality: South Pacific Nations
  • Degree Level: Any
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Duration: One Year
  • Scholarship Awards: Financial Support
  • Field of Study: Any
  • Scholarship Country: New Zealand
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Scholarship Eligibility 

Before proceeding with the application, the students must meet the eligibility criteria for the scholarship.

  • Interested applicants can be residing in New Zealand at the time of the application.
  • The university encourages all citizens from any of the South Pacific Nations which excludes New Zealand and Australia.
  • Intended to be enrolled or enrolled in a full-time degree program at the University of Waikato.
  • Must be committed to contribute to the South Pacific Region Developments
  • The previous recipient of the scholarship awards may re-apply but must have passed all the papers during their scholarship period.
  • Applicants who hold the NZAID scholarship are not eligible for the program.
  • The applicants must be able to demonstrate their academic achievements 
  • Must have good communication skills in oral and written English 
  • Be able to complete all the necessary documents to support their scholarship application.  
  • Must be able to demonstrate their financial struggle in pursuing their higher education in New Zealand.

Selection Criteria 

All applicants will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Based on the student’s current, prior, or future contributions to the South Pacific Nations community developments.
  • Academic Merit

The selection committee consists of the Representative from the Committee which was nominated by the Chairperson, AVC Pacific, and the representative from the Baldwin Family. Keep in mind that the selection committee may recommend a candidate if no applicants meet the academic merit requirements for the award.

The Selection committee’s decision is final and cannot be deferred.

Preference for the Scholarship Award 

Preference may be given to the following:

  • Citizen of Papua New Guinea
  • Financial needs to support their studies

Maintaining the Eligibility 

  • Candidates must be accepted and or enrolled at the University of Waikato in a full-time study program.
  • The 2nd cash award required passing all the papers in the A trimester.

Application Process 

  • The application form must be completed including the details on their current contribution to the nation’s developments.
  • Information regarding the applicant’s financial hardship situation to further their education.
  • For the previous recipient of the awards, they are required to submit a statement about the scholarship’s impact on their education, goals, and life.

Additional Requirements 

  • CV
  • proof of Citizenship
  • Academic transcript of records
  • Academic reference
  • Academic merits for the previous awardee

Scholarship Awards

The University of Waikato and Baldwin Scholarship will provide financial assistance to successful students.

  • The scholarship value is up to $10,000. The value will be paid directly to the successful students.
  • The scholarship will not cover the student’s tuition fee, books, living, travel allowance, and other related fees.

Successful candidates are advised to accept the terms and conditions applied to the Scholarship Program.

Scholarship Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until November 15, 2023.

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