How many winners will there be?

The number of winners will be based on the calibre of applications received. Typically, we award between 15 and 25 scholarships a year.

How many applications will each school be allowed?

Each school may support up to five applications per year.

It is very important that the school and student understand the eligibility criteria before submitting an application. The school must provide a letter of support for each student submitting an application. We therefore encourage the school and students to have a detailed conversation about eligibility.

What are the eligibility criteria?

  • Degree and major – our scholarship programme is typically for students intending to study commerce/business, law or information systems. Conjoint degrees are also appropriate.
  • Applicants must have strong academic ability across all subjects
  • Applicants must have had some formal leadership roles at school or in the community
  • Applicants must show that they have committed time to volunteer or community service
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have the ability to structure and manage their time – part time work, sports training, volunteer work, or a long term hobbies are all examples of this.
  • Applicants must highlight their extracurricular activities and what they are passionate about. This might be through sports, art, music, dance, debating etc.
  • Applicants must be a New Zealand permanent resident or citizen, currently completing their final year at a secondary school in New Zealand

I am a Year 12 student, but intending to go to university next year. Am I eligible for a PwC Scholarship?

Yes you are, provided you are intending to study a relevant degree and meet all other programme criteria.

What are the important dates to be aware of?

Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your application and make sure you apply early.

What documents do I need for my application?

Students are asked to submit the following documentation as their application:

  • a CV – we have provided a template, however there are many others available online
  • a letter of support from the school
  • academic transcript (senior school)
  • see the “How to apply for a scholarship” page for more details.

Once I have submitted my application form, what happens?

All applications will be carefully reviewed, and those meeting the criteria for the Scholarship may then be chosen to come to your local PwC office for an interview. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about PwC, and look around our offices. It’s also an opportunity for us to meet you and find out more about your career aspirations. Once interviews are complete, we carefully choose our winners, and in September we will announce the successful students. Prize giving functions follow later in the month. If you do not make the interview short list you will be advised in writing.

What sort of grades do I have to achieve at university?

As part of the Scholarship, we expect you to pass all papers studied each semester at university to be eligible for ongoing payments, and provide your academic transcript to us each year. If for any reason you are struggling, or fail a paper or number of papers, please get in touch with the Scholarship team as soon as possible. PwC reserves the right to withhold further payments on a case by case basis. Hopefully this will be an added incentive to do your very best!

Can I work for PwC during University holidays?

As part of the Scholarship programme, scholarship winners should plan to make themselves available for a summer Internship in the penultimate year of study. This is the summer in between your second to last year and final year at university. This will give you the opportunity to find out more about our profession and people, while earning a competitive salary at the same time.

What would I be doing during my Summer Internship?

A Summer Internship is an opportunity to experience what working at PwC is all about. Our goal is to make this learning experience fun and enjoyable. We will help you choose which area of the business you will be working in depending on your degree and preferences. You’ll also be provided with on the job training and have an opportunity to start to tackle some of the work you would be performing as a graduate with us. Closer to the time, your mentor will talk to you about their experience, as well as give guidance around which area of the business is right for you.

Do I have to work for PwC once I finish my degree?

As part of this programme you have the opportunity of a Summer Internship so you need to keep this time available. Timing may vary depending on the length of your degree. Opportunities are subject to business needs. This is a paid position which typically starts in November and ends in February. And yes, you do still get 3 weeks of summer holidays!

Don’t forget that each year hundreds of students who aren’t on the Scholarship programme apply for this opportunity and only 100 roles are available. Make the most of your reserved place by keeping in touch with your mentor and finding out which area of the business you would like to work in. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Winners are under no obligation to continue work for us as a Graduate, but we hope that the relationships developed, the experience gained and the fun had, will make us your employer of choice. Depending on your performance during your Summer Internship, and the needs of the business, you may be offered a permanent role with PwC as a graduate.

What happens once I have been informed I’ve won the Scholarship?

Once our winners have been announced, we get in touch to invite them to a prize giving event at their nearest PwC office. This is a great opportunity for you to celebrate your achievement along with your parents or guardians, a school representative, past winners and PwC staff.

From the start of the University year, we’ll then keep in contact with you on a regular basis, and provide you with a mentor. This person will be someone who has been working with us for a year or two. They can help with any queries and keep you up to date with what is happening. They will also help you choose an area of the business you’d like to work in, and help you settle in when you start your Summer Internship.

Am I guaranteed a graduate position at PwC if I win this scholarship?

While there are no guarantees on work placement, we certainly hope a high number of our scholarship winners will end up working for us.

What happens if I change University?

Moving from one New Zealand University to another won’t affect your Scholarship, but you do need to keep us informed if you move. You must continue to study a relevant degree, achieve satisfactory grades each year and develop a good relationship with PwC. Your entire degree must be undertaken at tertiary institutions within New Zealand. In some cases, students may be able to attend an overseas university as part of an exchange programme through the Universities. If you are offered this opportunity, please let us know as it may impact the timing of your Summer Internship.

Why does PwC have a scholarship programme?

We place a very high value on education and as part of this commitment we’ve created our PwC Scholarship Programme to help tomorrow’s business leaders achieve their potential during their academic studies. At the same time we hope to give you all the information you might need to make decisions about a future business career and the type of employer you would like to work for.

The PwC Scholarship has been created to give you the best start possible. The programme provides young talent with financial and mentoring support during university, and is a great opportunity to build relationships and create new networks.

What if I apply for and receive another scholarship?

Should you apply for more than one grant or scholarship associated with your university study, acceptance of the PwC Scholarship is dependent on mutual acceptance by PwC and other scholarship providers. A PwC Scholarship may not be accepted in conjunction with another corporate scholarship. This will be considered on a case by case basis.

Can I apply if I have left school and I’m already studying towards a relevant degree?

The scholarship is only open to students completing their final year of high school. If you have already started tertiary education you are welcome to apply for our Summer Internship and Graduate Programmes – applications typically open in late February. You can learn more about these roles on our Choose PwC page. At this stage we do not have a scholarship for students who have already commenced tertiary study.

Other important information

The PwC Scholarship will be conditional on satisfactory academic performance and the development of a mutually satisfactory relationship between the scholarship recipient and PwC, resulting from University summer holiday employment.

PwC has the right to withdraw support at the beginning of each academic year if these conditions are not met. It may turn out a selected PwC Scholarship winner does not match the culture of PwC, in which case PwC also has the right to withdraw the scholarship.

Recipients are obliged to make themselves available for holiday work from the end of the third year of their degree (or penultimate year of study for degrees longer than four years) as part of our established Summer Intern Programme. It is anticipated that as a result of developing a relationship, recipients may wish to seek permanent employment with PwC.