Scholarship FAQs

The answers to your burning questions

Still want to know more? You’re not alone. Check out some of the most common questions from previous applicants below. Keep an eye on this page as we’ll update it regularly as we receive queries online.

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered on this page you can contact us here.


How do I support an applicant through this process as a teacher, parent, guardian or friend?


Before you support someone with their School Scholarship application, please read the scholarship regulations to check whether they meet the eligibility criteria. Applicants are asked to submit their CV and a copy of their NCEA, Cambridge or International Baccalaureate transcript (official or unofficial) as part of their application.

Here are a few pointers on how you can support an applicant through the process: 

  • Keep informed about key dates surrounding our scholarship.
  • Proofread their CV and answers to their questions before they submit their application.
  • Encourage applicants to talk about their experiences with leadership, teamwork, community involvement and the extracurricular activities.
  • Write or get the applicant’s school to write a letter of support. 
  • Get the applicant to ask key people if they are available to provide a written reference or to act as their referee.
  • Help to set realistic expectations should they not be successful, it is still a huge a achievement they applied.
  • Make sure the applicant provides accurate and current contact details, if a child/student is struggling to provide this information then please contact us.

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

Yes, you are, provided you’re intending to study a relevant degree that’s aligned to our business areas, which include Assurance, Deals, Consulting and Financial Advisory Services – Tax, Private Business and Legal, and you meet all other programme criteria. Find out more about our areas of the business here.

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How many applications will each school be allowed?

Applications are open to any secondary school in New Zealand, with no limitation to the number of applications from each school.

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What documents do I need for my application?

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

  • a CV – we have provided a template, however there are many others available online
  • academic transcript (senior school)

See the How to apply for a scholarship page for more details.

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How do I know that you've received my application?

You will receive a notification email from the scholarship team within 12 hours of your application. If you have not received an email within 24 hours of your application, please email us at

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Once I have submitted my application form, what happens?

All applications are carefully reviewed by the PwC Scholarship team. They will then shortlist a number of candidates across the country and invite them for an interview. The interview is an opportunity for you to find out more about PwC, which will either take place in person or over Google Hangout or Skype. Once interviews are complete, the PwC Scholarship team carefully choose the scholarship recipients.

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

Once our winners have been announced, we get in touch to invite you to a prize giving event at your nearest PwC office or your school. 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 keep in contact with you on a regular basis, and provide you with a mentor. 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.

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What happens if I change university?

Moving from one New Zealand university to another won’t affect your PwC Scholarship, but you do need to keep us informed if you move. You must continue to study a relevant degree, achieve good grades each year and develop a positive 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’re offered this opportunity, please let us know as it may impact the timing of your Summer Internship.

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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.

Please reach out to the Scholarship team if you have any questions ahead of applying.

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

PwC Scholarships are only open to students completing their final year of high school.

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Is the Scholarship only available to students looking to study Accounting?

PwC is not solely an accounting firm; we have a broad variety of teams who serve our Clients' needs. Take some time to look at our student careers site and read through all of our different teams and what a day in their life is like.

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What are the key dates to be aware of?

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PwC Scholarship Team

PwC Scholarships, PwC New Zealand

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