Giving to AUT

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A commitment to student success drives the AUT Foundation, which is entrusted with the management and transparency of resources gifted for the benefit of the AUT community. Thanks to our supporters’ high level of passion and dedication, our students and staff have access to increased opportunities throughout their time at AUT.

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Scholarships, school prizes and memorial gifts

Without the generosity and support of our donors we would be unable to provide many opportunities for our students. Our continued commitment to innovation and research would be more difficult to achieve.

You can support a wide range of faculty and school scholarships, awards, prizes and sponsorship opportunities. You can also give on behalf of a loved one to ensure their memory and legacy live on.

Scholarships available to AUT students.

AUT Foundation Scholarship (supported by SMTC alumni and other donors)

Opened in 1913, Seddon Memorial Technical College (SMTC) is the founding educational institution from which AUT emerged. AUT recognises the important part that its SMTC heritage has played on the success of AUT as a university.

With the support of generous alumni, teaching staff and a greater community, a scholarship has been set up in their honour. It is available to eligible final-year bachelor studies students, to study at honours or masters level at AUT. These students would have demonstrated academic achievement and contribution to their community.

To support the SMTC Scholarships Fund, you can email us or donate online.

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Making a bequest is a powerful way to support the educational opportunities available at AUT. It is a unique gift, given through your will, to ensure the students of tomorrow are able to enjoy the innovative and relevant education provided by AUT.

A bequest costs nothing now, but can provide the satisfaction of knowing your passion for education will live on in the future.

There are several important considerations to make when thinking about making a bequest. We recommend you consult your legal or other professionals who have drawn up your will, and also discuss your intentions with your family. 

AUT can arrange for free legal advice from AUT’s legal counsel and can provide appropriate ‘will wording’ to make the process easier.

Partnering with AUT

There are lots of different ways that business leaders and businesses partner up with AUT. It’s not just about cash gifts – time and knowledge are valuable resources too. Please contact us about partnering with AUT.

How you can partner with AUT

Tax benefits of giving

Donations to AUT – whether through the AUT Foundation or Friends of AUT Inc. – attract tax rebates.

For New Zealand-based donors gifting via the AUT Foundation, the nature of the benefit depends on whether you are an individual or a company.


Individuals - You can claim up to 33.3% tax rebate on all donations up to the amount equal to your annual net income. There is no tax rebate threshold on cash donations.

Companies - Companies can claim a tax deduction on all donations up to the amount equal to their annual net income. There is no limit on tax deductions.

Whether you are gifting via the AUT Foundation or the Friends of AUT Inc., AUT recommends that you seek tax advice specific to your circumstances.

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