Transforming Boys' Lives

In 1894, James Dilworth founded a boarding school for boys from good families with limited means. Over a century later, his remarkable legacy is still transforming boys’ lives - beyond belief. Today, as then, Dilworth selects boys from good families who are experiencing financial or personal hardship, regardless of their race or ethnicity. They’re offered a life-changing scholarship, which includes free tuition, free boarding and free music and sports lessons (in fact, almost everything is funded by the Dilworth Trust). The effect? Thanks to the transformative power of an excellent education, we turn good boys into great men - who achieve things they might never have believed possible.

Our Campuses

The Dilworth Journey often begins in Year 5 or 7 at our Junior Campus in Remuera. It continues at our Rural Campus in Mangatawhiri, where Year 9 boys learn practical, problem-solving skills for life. And it ends at our Senior Campus in Epsom, where they become prefects, house leaders and achievers.

What is the Dilworth Effect?

It is life changing. As our boys, families, staff and old boys will tell you, a Dilworth scholarship can transform a boy’s future. Watch our video or hear their stories to find out more.



Applications are open between 1 February and 1 August each year for enrolment the following year.  From 1 February 2019 application forms for places in 2020 will be available to download or an application form can be requested from the Trust Board Office by leaving a message on (09) 523 4884.  

Each year we receive many applications for our scholarships however we are limited as to how many students we can fund. Most years, we can accept 24 students in Year 5 and 48 students in Year 7. 

Boys who are accepted will receive a full scholarship to Dilworth which covers all expenses including tuition, boarding and extra-curricular activities. Students receive all the privileges of a private boarding school education, without the fees. 

Support Us

A Dilworth education is free, but it isn’t cheap. In fact, it costs over $35,000 per boy, per year. While we’re able to assist 640 boys a year, there are simply not enough places to meet demand from our community. Your donation, sponsorship or bequest will help us expand our facilities and enable us to offer more boys a life-changing scholarship.