NYDS would like to thank our sponsors and donors for their continued financial support. Without this generosity and commitment to NYDS, our Scholarship Programme would not be possible.

NYDS Scholarships for financial assistance are open to students from anywhere in New Zealand.

Scholarships are assessed on a competitive basis and both financial need and the standard of the student’s application will be consideredThe scholarship application deadline is 31 December 2023,  but early applications are encouraged as NYDS can reach capacity quickly.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the Application Form as normal. Under the scholarship section, you will be asked to briefly explain your financial need (i.e. the reason you would not be able to attend NYDS without a scholarship) and share what the opportunity to attend NYDS would mean to you.  You will also be asked how you and/or your school will raise your own funds towards attending NYDS.

If you have any questions, please contact us.


Other scholarships

This is an incomplete list of other scholarships offered by our friends and whānau around Aotearoa New Zealand. We are constantly adding to this list, but if you can’t see your region represented, please do reach out to your local theatre or arts group and ask if they offer a scholarship.



Greytown Little Theatre’s annual scholarship is awarded to two student members who have shown a passion for theatre arts and also made a significant contribution of their time and effort within our organisation. To be eligible the student must be a financial member of Greytown Little Theatre and show a desire to further their theatre education. Often these applicants are from Kuranui College but anyone from the Wairarapa is welcome to apply, by emailing or through



In recent years the XŌtaki Alumni Trust have funded two students from Ōtaki College to attend National Youth Drama School workshops in the school holidays.



Taupo-nui-a-Tia College awards the annual Gowdy Family National Youth Drama School Scholarship (presented by Mrs Shirley Gowdy) to a student or students.