There is one centralised data base, “Generosity” (formerly Breakout) that contains information on all the scholarships available in New Zealand. St. Mary’s pays a subscription to the site so you can access it through the school Wifi. Public libraries and some tertiary institutions also offer access through their websites. You can also pay for your own subscription.
Filtering through the scholarships on offer and following up with applications takes time, so don’t leave it to the last minute. Many scholarships have deadlines around August and September for the following year.
Many Universities have some scholarships for school leavers. You should check out the selection criteria for these in Year 12 so you can start building your profile.
Scholarship data base: www.generosity.org.nz/giv-me