ZESPRI Horticultural Scholarships

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What does the scholarship get me?

$10,000 tuition support

Closing dates for applications

Next: 9 October 2020

Applications close at 5pm on 9 October 2020.

Length of award

Each scholarship is tenable up to  two years only and is for those who have already completed one year of tertiary study.
We’re looking for two students who are planning careers in the horticulture industry and preferably the kiwifruit industry. There’s mentoring and other opportunities as well.

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

Zespri Horticultural Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who are undertaking full-time tertiary study at a New Zealand University. A maximum of two scholarships are awarded each year to the value of $10,000 each ($5000 each year).  Recipients are also supported and mentored throughout their time at university as well as being given opportunities to network with industry leaders.

Selection criteria

Achieve NCEA Level 3 with merit endorsement or higher.
Pass your first year of tertiary studies with a B+ average or higher
Be a New Zealand Citizen or a New Zealand Permanent Resident.
Have registered in full-time tertiary study at a New Zealand University (or such other course approved in advance by Zespri) by 31 March in the year of the award.
Provide examples of how tertiary study will support the development of the New Zealand horticulture industry.
Demonstrate potential leadership skills, service to the community, and/or sporting activities.
Be willing to contribute to the promotion of the New Zealand horticulture industry (such as school visits, career days etc.), if successful.

How do students apply?

Applications are closed.

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How and when do students learn of the decision?

Applications will be reviewed and appli​​​cants will be notified of the success of their application by 29 November 2019. 

Decision makers

The scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of the Zespri Scholarships Selection Committee.

History or background of award

Horticulture’s ever-changing nature offers an array of exciting careers for young people to grow, innovate, and lead the industry forward in the future.
Zespri is a consumer-driven, grower-owned company dedicated to global marketing. Our industry story is about world-leading science and innovation, continuous improvements in orchard management practices, and a commitment to supplying high quality, safe and healthy fruit to the world. As New Zealand’s largest horticultural exporter, Zespri is more than a leading global fruit brand; it coordinates an integrated marketing and supply system, comprising long-term partnerships between growers, post-harvest operators, port and shipping companies, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, all focused on delivering the highest-quality kiwifruit to consumers. Zespri employs over 500 people worldwide, generated sales revenue of 2.4  billion dollars in 2017/18 and sells in over 50 countries.

Additional information

The kiwifruit industry offers a wide variety of careers, ranging from on-orchard, post-harvest, business skills, research and innovation, right through to working on shipping vessels.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Zespri International Limited
400 Maunganui Road , Mount Maunganui 3149, New Zealand


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in September 2020.