Apply now! Whakapumau Pae Tawhiti Retention Scholarships

Toitū​tanga – We are courageous and humble in our pursuit of excellence

The Whakapumau Pae Tawhiti Retention Scholarships valued at $3,000. These scholarships recognise that graduates of higher-level tertiary programmes play an important role in supporting the economic and social wellbeing of their communities and whānau.

The purpose of the Retention Scholarship is to encourage Māori, Pacific, and learners with disabilities into higher levels of tertiary study at Toi Ohomai. 

To be eligible applicants need to be a graduate (within two years) of a Toi Ohomai programme (one year or six-months), and would have applied and been accepted into a higher-level programme of study with Toi Ohomai.

Applications will open in December for semester 1, 2023 academic year. You can apply through the Toi Ohomai website https://www.toiohomai.ac.nz/services/fees-and-finance/scholarships

If you would like assistance with completing an application please email careers

Scholarship Spotlight – Toi Ohomai Study Award

Tracey Old is on her way to achieving her health care career goals

Tracey Old is one of this year’s recipients of the Study Award. The Award aims to minimise financial barriers for second chance learners from the Toi Ohomai rohe and support them to achieve qualifications.

Tracey graduated from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology with a National Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) in 2021 and is embarking on Level 4 study this year. Tracey’s goal is to work as a health care professional and is keeping her options open. Tracey says

“There are many routes I can go – I’m contemplating mental health, aged care, neonatal, and possibly even nursing. This scholarship means I can afford to study at Level 4 and further explore my career options”.  

After receiving careers advice from the Toi Ohomai careers team, Tracey found a new job and applied for a scholarship.

“Things are looking up for me. The support I have received has got me into a really good position. I have a new job and this scholarship makes a huge difference – I am excited and confident about the future”.

Congratulations to Tracey on the award, we look forward to being part of your Toi Ohomai journey. 

If you would like to explore scholarship options visit:  https://careers.toiohomai.ac.nz/tools-and-resources/     and contact careers@toiohomai.ac.nz for an appointment with a Careers and Employability Facilitator.

From Careers Event to Registered Nurse

Friday, 15 Jan 2021

A chance opportunity five years ago to attend a careers event with a friend opened the door for 21-year-old Katelyn London to become a Registered Nurse.

“My friend wanted to go to a careers lecture about nursing and she didn’t want to go alone, so I went along. While I was there I really enjoyed the talk and thought I could see myself doing that,” says the Rotorua local, who completed her degree at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology with a pinning ceremony on Friday, 15 January.

Katelyn and 14 other nursing classmates will formally graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing on 13 April 2021 at Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre.  

A student at John Paul College when she attended the careers event, Katelyn (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue) made sure she studied what was required to follow a Registered Nurse pathway by adding maths and science subjects to her studies.

Throughout her studies, Katelyn has been supported by Kia Ora Hauora, the national Māori health workforce development programme.

“I registered with Kia Ora Hauora in my final year at high school, so I’ve been lucky to have their support throughout my studies. I wasn’t aware about scholarships or know the process of applying for them. They helped me identify which ones I could apply for, helped me Identify my whakapapa, and supported me in my journey as a student nurse.”

This year Katelyn received the Hauora Māori Health Scholarship (Ministry of Health), Māori Education Trust Bachelor of Nursing Scholarship, and the Florence Nightingale Memorial Award (New Zealand Nurses Organisation).

On 15 February Katelyn will start her working career at Lakes DHB in Rotorua Hospital’s Medical Ward under the Nurse Entry to Practise (NETP) programme. Katelyn wants to make the most of her time in the medical ward, but would also like to work in emergency and surgical departments or an Intensive Care Unit. She also has a longer-term goal of being a nurse practitioner.

We wish you all the best with your career Katelyn!