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The POPO Foundation Scholarship Programme (PFP)

When applying for the POPO Foundation Scholarship Programme (PFP), you must also complete and submit a University of Otago residential college application online.
See otago.ac.nz/about/accommodation

Overview

Applications have now closed for the 2018 intake.

The Foundation Year course at Otago is a great way to prepare for your first year of university. It also gives you time to adjust to the student life in Dunedin.

Each year, the POPO Foundation Scholarship Programme (PFP) supports 10 Pacific students who:

  • Are studying the Foundation Year Health Sciences course, and
  • Intend to apply for the Health Sciences First Year course at Otago, or any other health-related programme

The 10 PFP students will receive a guaranteed place in a University of Otago residential college.

POPO Foundation Scholarship Programme poster (PDF 590 KB)

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Scholarship

If your application for PFP is successful, you will receive the following financial assistance:

  • NZ$7,000 towards your accommodation fees at a residential college
  • Full tuition fees paid for Foundation Year only

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Programme details

PFP provides wrap-around support for your journey during Foundation Year:

Academic support

You'll have additional tutorials for each of your subjects in the Foundation Year Health Sciences course. This is extra support to the normal tutorials you'll have as part of your Foundation Year course.

Pastoral Support

As a PFP student, your progress is monitored to ensure you're staying on track to achieving your goals. You'll meet with the Programme Coordinator to discuss any issues and/or challenges you might experience.

Mentoring support

You'll have the chance to meet with senior Pacific students who studied the Foundation Year course and are now in their second (or above) year of their health-related programmes.

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Application process

We encourage you to apply if you:

  • Are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Indigenous Pacific descent, and
  • Are currently in Year 13 at secondary school, and
  • Have a strong maths and science background in NCEA Levels 2 and 3, and
  • Are actively involved in your school and/or local community, and
  • Can show a strong commitment to having a career in Pacific health

Applications for the 2018 intake have closed.

When applying for the POPO Foundation Scholarship Programme (PFP), you must also complete and submit a University of Otago residential college application online.
See otago.ac.nz/about/accommodation

After you apply, you may be shortlisted for a second round—which may involve an interview in your home region. You can expect to know the outcome of your application by the third week of September.

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Contact us

For further information, or if you have any questions about the POPO Foundation Scholarship Programme, please contact the Programme Coordinator:

Tel 03 479 8493
Freephone 0800 80 80 98
Email pfp@otago.ac.nz

If you'd like to know more about the University of Otago Foundation Year course please contact:

Tel 03 479 5250
Email uolcfy@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/uolcfy

If you have any questions about a residential college please contact the University of Otago Accommodation Office:

Tel 03 479 8950
Freephone 0800 80 80 98
Email adele.evans@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/accommodation

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