Scholarship FAQs

How many winners will there be?

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


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.


What’s the eligibility criteria?

You can see our criteria on our Who is eligible for a scholarship? page.


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’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.


What are the important dates to be aware of?

Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your application and make sure you apply in this time period as it isn’t extended!


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
  • a letter of support from your 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 are carefully reviewed, and those meeting the criteria for the scholarship will be asked to come to their 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’ll announce the successful students. Prize giving functions follow later in the month. If you do not make the interview shortlist, you’ll be advised in writing - due to the number of applications we won’t be able to call everyone.


Who can support me in my application?

Your school will be able to support you and will be able to help, possibly, even to proof read your CV and additional question answers.


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’re struggling, or fail a paper or number of papers, please get in touch with the PwC Scholarship team as soon as possible. PwC reserves the right to withhold further payments on a case-by-case basis.


Can I work at PwC during university holidays?

As part of the PwC Scholarship programme, scholarship winners should plan to make themselves available for the opportunity to experience a Summer Internship in their penultimate year of study. This is the summer in between your second to last year and final year at university. You’ll 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 business area you’ll 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.


With the introduction of free fees for the first year of university, how does this affect my financial support?

With the PwC Scholarship offering $7,000 towards your university fees over the course of your degree, the changes in government funding means that the amount previously allocated for first year can be used for course-related costs, which have been confirmed with the PwC Scholarship team.


When is the Summer Internship?

As part of the Scholarship programme, you have the opportunity for a Summer Internship so you’ll need to keep this time available. Timing may vary depending on the length of your degree, and 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!


Do I have to work at PwC once I finish my degree after my Summer Internship?

If you are offered a Graduate position on completion of your Summer Internship we would encourage you to take it, assuming you enjoyed yourself. A Summer Internship gives you a taste of the PwC experience and is an opportunity to see if you can be yourself here.

Each year hundreds of students who aren’t on the Scholarship programme apply for Graduate opportunities with us, and with only 100 roles available nationally it’s very competitive. Make the most of your Summer Internship advantage 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 to 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 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. 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. 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 a PwC 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 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.


Why does PwC have a scholarship programme?

We place 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 PwC Scholarship is only open to students completing their final year of high school. If you’ve already started tertiary education you’re welcome to apply for our Summer Internship and Graduate programmes – applications for our core campaign typically open in late February, but we are open to receiving talent all year. You can learn more about these roles on our Graduate and Summer Intern website. 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 academic performance, and the development of a mutually satisfactory relationship between the scholarship recipient and PwC, resulting from Summer Internship 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 second, third or fourth year of their degree (or whenever your penultimate year of study for your degree is) as part of our established Summer Internship programme. It is anticipated that as a result of developing a relationship, recipients may wish to seek permanent employment with PwC.


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PwC Scholarship Team

PwC Scholarships, PwC New Zealand

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