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Our Scholarships

College offers a range of scholarships based on student capability, their character and demonstrated commitment to College values.  Our scholarship programme provides financial support to a mix of families, some of which might otherwise not be able to afford a College education, and ensures we have a diverse community and enriches the educational experience of all our boys. 

All scholarships have been made possible by the generous gifts of Old Boys and other College supporters. Our most prestigious academic scholarships – the Somes Exhibition Scholarships – are named after our inspirational early benefactor, Maria Somes.

We have a number of scholarships available for new Year 9 entrants. Applications are open between February and May for Year 8 students who are entering at Year 9 of the following year.

Scholarship applications will only be accepted via online submission.


Please see below our current scholarships.


We nurture the ambitions of some of the brightest scholars in the land, whilst taking equal pleasure in the outstanding progress made by those who benefit from our learning support programmes.


Cultural/Performing Arts

The co-curricular programme is an integral part of life at Christ's College. We nurture creative talent, imaginative flair and a love for the theatre arts, and have a designated Music School catering for classical, instrumental, choral, jazz, big band and rock enthusiasts.

APPLY HERE  Drama Scholarship 

APPLY HERE  Choral Music Scholarship

APPLY HERE  Instrumental Music Scholarship

Executive Principal’s 

The Executive Principal’s scholarships are awarded to recipients who have significant personal attributes and demonstrate general excellence. These scholarships enable College to best reflect modern New Zealand, especially with regard to socioeconomic and ethnic diversity. Recipients must be willing to make a proactive contribution to the school, embrace the opportunities on offer, and add to the College experience through their talent, character and engagement.

These scholarships are for families who are not in a position to afford a College education for their son without significant financial assistance. All applicants must complete a financial declaration form. Additional financial support will be provided to successful applicants and the Christ's College Acceptance fee will be waived for those accepted.


General Excellence

General Excellence scholarships are for outstanding, well-rounded boys who excel in a variety of areas. They should already have demonstrated leadership ability and we would expect them to continue to be young leaders in our community. They must be willing to participate in all aspects of College life and make a significant contribution to the school culture.



Christ’s College is well known across New Zealand for its competitiveness in a broad range of sports, from traditional team sports to more recreation-based activities. Applicants for our sport scholarships should excel in a winter and summer sport. As we have so many boys interested in this scholarship, please apply as soon as possible. This will allow our Director of Sport and other relevant personnel to properly assess your son's application.


Regional Boarding

Boarding has been at the heart of Christ's College for over 160 years. It is fundamental to what we do. The boarding Houses and our boarders are an important part of College life, adding value and perspective to the College experience. All applicants must complete a financial declaration form.

We offer two types of boarding scholarships:

  • Regional Scholarships (reflecting regional New Zealand)

  • Ex-pat Old Boys' Scholarships (available to Old Boys living overseas who wish to send their son/s back to New Zealand for a Christ’s College education)


Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association

Founded in 1877, the Old Boys' Association is an integral part of the College community. This scholarship provides a 33% reduction of tuition fees for the duration of their time at College.


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