Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship

Closing Date: Closed
Level: Entrance, School Leaver
Value: Up to $5,000

If you have a passion for a career in technology and are considering study options in the area of Computer Science, why not apply for the University of Waikato Computer Science Scholarship? This scholarship recognizes and supports high achieving students who are entering their first year of study towards a BCMS(Hons), BSc or BE(Hons) degree (in one of the computing streams) at Waikato University. They shall not be tenable for any other degree or at any other university. Assessment for awarding the scholarship is in the format of an exam, which will take place in October. The purpose of the  Examination is to determine whether new students have sufficient proficiency in the subject to merit placement in the more senior papers. In addition, students demonstrating a particular aptitude for the subject will be offered fees scholarships on the basis of the exam results. Depending upon examination results, up to ten fees scholarships will be offered. The University of Waikato Computer Science Scholarship Examination is made up of two parts: a two-hour written examination and a six-hour practical examination. Both parts are usually on 2 days in October of each year.

The scholarship examination is open to New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, or international students, presently enrolled in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand High School.

Application Form: Download
See sample exam papers

Benefits of completing the examination

Benefits of completing the examination are:

  • Up to 10 students may be awarded a scholarship to pay for fees, to the value of $5,000, for their first year in a computing degree (BSc, BE, BCMS).
  • Students who are not offered the scholarship may still be offered a place in advanced computing courses in their first year.

How the examination is run

The examination is normally offered through the student’s school. There are two ways a school can participate:

  • Run a computer science class involving programming and encourage the whole class to sit the examination. This approach is common for large Hamilton schools.
  • Encourage students with a strong interest in programming to study for themselves and allow them to sit the examination at school or at the University. This approach has brought in successful students from all over the Waikato, and from Northland, Auckland, New Plymouth and Wellington.

Schools are posted information about the Computer Science Scholarship Examination and application forms each year. If your school has not received an information pack or you have any questions, please contact Bill Rogers.

In 2017 the Written Examination will be held on Friday 20 October and the Practical Examination on Saturday 21 October. If possible, we like to know who will be taking part by the end of July, although it is usually possible to take late entries. Where feasible, we arrange visits to our department for participants.

Below are some links to sample examinations.

Sample examinations: