Profile of a Scholarship Student
A Scholarship student is prepared, compelling, convincing and assured. The student demonstrates clarity of thinking and is able to focus efforts in one area. Depth of knowledge and thinking is required. The student should, where appropriate, interweave connected information to show breadth of understanding and thinking.
Success in Scholarship demands high thinking and literacy skills. A Scholarship student is discerning when analyzing questions and tasks.
The student will be able to write coherent, logical and precise answers that get straight to the point without restating the question or including irrelevant or superfluous information. The student will use appropriate terminology, avoiding irrelevancies and generalisations.
Scholarship is an external assessment for top secondary students. Scholarship examines course material related to Level 3 standards derived from up to Level 8 of the New Zealand curriculum that students study in Year 13. It does not attract credits nor contribute towards a qualification but the fact that a student has gained a Scholarship appears on the Record of Achievement. About 3 per cent of Year 13 students studying each subject at Level 3 will get Scholarship, if they reach the standard that has been set. Each Scholarship assessment carries two passing grades – Scholarship (S) and Outstanding Scholarship (O).
Successful Scholarship students gain substantial monetary awards. A Scholarship in just one subject receives $500, as a single payment. All the other awards result in payments spanning three years of successful tertiary study. These awards are outlined in the following table.
To be eligible to receive a Scholarship award a student must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and be enrolled full-time at a New Zealand secondary school in the year of the examination. International students may receive a monetary award but are only eligible if they continue their studies in New Zealand.
To be eligible for the top awards a student must attain Scholarship in three subjects in the same year. For candidates sitting up to three Scholarship asssessments there will be no cost other than the usual $76.70 NCEA examination entry fee.