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Futures that Work


The purpose of Le Va’s Futures that Work scholarships and support programme is to grow the capacity and capability of the Pacific mental health and addiction workforce.

Growing the size and skills of the Pasifika workforce takes more than just financial support. It’s also a combination of providing appropriate mentoring, coaching, cultural and pastoral care, as well as support in identifying employment and career pathways.

That’s why the Futures that Work three-step programme has been successful.

  1. Get your fees paid – The maximum value of the scholarship is variable and paid directly to the tertiary provider.
  2. Get your study sorted – Le Va’s Teuila mentoring and coaching model helps identify the right support to complete your study on time.
  3. Get your dream job – we’ll help with planning your career in mental health or addiction.

Applications of our 2021 Futures that Work scholarship are now closed.

Eligibility criteria

  • New Zealand resident or permanent resident at the time of application
  • Enrolled in a relevant mental health or addiction-related qualification
  • Enrolled at an approved NZQA accredited tertiary provider in New Zealand
  • Provide evidence of indigenous Pacific descent (passport, birth certificate, reference letter)
  • Submit a correctly completed application

2020 Futures that Work scholarship results

Over 12 years,  Le Va’s Futures that Work has funded 632 Pasifika students with their tertiary studies. For 2020, Le Va has reached its highest number of Pasifika scholarships awarded in the history of the programme, with 111 scholarship recipients covering a range of study areas, from social work, counselling and psychology to occupational therapy, and even indigenous knowledge. Some people received a scholarship for 2 or 3+ years – so we support them through their course of study to complete on time and ensure the shortest possible route in their career journey.

Congratulations to our scholarship recipients who are well placed to support our Pasifika communities. Through these scholarships and support programme, Le Va has been able to strategically invest in workforce areas of priority, not only for Pasifika communities, but for New Zealand’s mental healthcare system and services.

For more information about our scholarships, please contact: scholarships@leva.co.nz