The Rocket Lab Scholarship covers up to $20,000 in tertiary fees for one outstanding student to pursue a degree or course in STEM education. The recipient is also paired with a Rocket Lab mentor, giving them a rare opportunity for one-on-one experience with a world leading space and engineering expert.

The Rocket Lab Scholarship is open to applicants across the country to encourage and support the next generation of science and engineering innovators. However, applicants who can demonstrate a strong connection to Māhia and the wider Wairoa District in Hawke’s Bay – where Rocket Lab’s New Zealand launch site, Launch Complex 1, is located – are prioritized and strongly encouraged to apply. 


Download the Rocket Lab Scholarship application here.

  • Applications open Monday, 26 July 2021
  • Applications close Friday, 01 October 2021
  • Scholarship applications should be emailed to


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Arianna Ormond

Arianna Ormond was selected as a Rocket Lab Scholarship recipient to study a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. Miss Ormond plans to specialise in mechatronics, an interdisciplinary engineering field that includes aspects of mechanical, computer and electrical engineering.


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Mya Mataki-Wilson

Mya Mataki-Wilson was selected as a Rocket Lab Scholarship recipient after demonstrating her passion for engineering and problem-solving.

Miss Mataki-Wilson is studying at the University of Auckland, towards a conjoint degree of Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts to become a civil, or chemical and bioprocess engineer.


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Niamh Stratton

Niamh Stratton was selected as a Rocket Lab Scholarship recipient after demonstrating a clear passion, dedication, and determination to becoming an astrophysicist and exploring deep space in the discovery of new stars and planets. Miss Stratton is studying a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree with a double major in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury.

In 2019, Niamh was Head Girl of Campion College and one of only ten secondary school students chosen from around the country to be a SWAPA (Student With A Passion for Astronomy) and attend the national Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand’s annual conference. She was also amongst a select group of high school students to attend the Otago University Advanced Schools Science Academy science camps last week.

Outside of her studies, Niamh volunteers as the Treasurer of the Gisborne Astronomical Society’s Junior division; as a Hospice Youth Ambassador, volunteer for the Gisborne Cancer Society, and as a Tairāwhiti youth environment group member coordinating community events; and offers Peer and Academic Support for younger students to improve education.

Clive Hook Pomare

Clive Hook-Pomare

A member of East Coast iwi Ngāti Kahungunu, Clive Hook-Pomare was selected as the Rocket Lab Scholarship recipient after demonstrating perseverance to become a doctor and return to his hometown Wairoa once fully qualified to serve his community. Mr Hook-Pomare is studying a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Auckland.