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University of Otago Māori and Pacific Peoples' Entrance Scholarships

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Value Standard value is $10,000 for one year (exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value and at a longer tenure)
Number Offered Varies
Opening date 1 July
Closing date 15 August

Information

Established by the University of Otago in 2005 to celebrate academic excellence and cultural diversity, these scholarships are intended to encourage the progression of Māori and indigenous Pacific Peoples' into tertiary study.

Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or New Zealand permanent residents, or have completed Year 12 and have completed or are in the process of completing Year 13 at a New Zealand school (or an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution).
  • be intending to enrol, or are enrolled for the first year (100-level papers) of full-time, full-year undergraduate degree-level study at the University of Otago for the first time in the year following the closing date.
  • submit, during the application process, a typed statement of no more than 500 words describing:

     a) your (the applicant’s) involvement with the Māori and/or Pacific Peoples’ communities; and   

     b) the benefit that will be gained from being awarded a Māori and Pacific Peoples’ Entrance Scholarship.

     c) make sure your name, University of Otago Student Identification Number, the Scholarship name and the date is on your uploaded statement. There is a template document provided below which you may wish to use, but this is not compulsory.

  • pre-arrange a referee, such as from the applicant's school, who is able to comment on the applicant’s eligibility and suitability for the scholarship (contact information - name, email address and phone number - for this referee will be required during the application process)*
  • pre-arrange a referee from an appropriate community member who is able to comment on the applicant’s eligibility and suitability for the scholarship (contact information - name, email address and phone number - for this referee will be required during the application process)*
  • be of Māori descent and/or have indigenous Pacific Island ancestry (evidence of eligibility is required, see the "Scholarship Eligibility Form" section below).

You are likely to find the Frequently Asked Questions helpful and we recommend that you read them before starting your application, particularly for information about referees.

Application Documents

Scholarship Eligibility Form

You will be asked to upload a scholarship eligibility form during the online scholarship application.

  • If you whakapapa Māori you need to upload either your Iwi Registration form (this is preferable), or complete the Whakapapa Endorsement Form, and upload your document to the mandatory "Scholarship Eligibility form" upload option during the online scholarship application.
  • If you have indigenous Pacific ancestry you need to upload either a birth certificate showing your ancestral links (this is preferable), or complete the Indigenous Pacific Ancestry Endorsement Form, and upload your document to the mandatory "Scholarship Eligibility form" upload option during the online scholarship application.

If you whakapapa Māori and have indigenous Pacific ancestry you may provide details for both. You will need to upload these as one document during the online application process. Information on how to combine files can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Personal Statement/Essay Template

You will also be asked to upload a Māori/Pacific Peoples' Scholarship Statement. This should be no more than 500 words detailing your involvement with your Māori or indigenous Pacific community (primarily outside the school environment). You should also write how the award of a University of Otago Māori and Pacific Peoples' Entrance Scholarship will benefit you.

Selection of recipients

The Selection Committee shall consist of the Director, Māori Development, in the chair, a member of the Scholarships Committee, the Director, Pacific Development, the Dean of Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, and the Managers of the Māori Centre and the Pacific Islands Centre, and the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships, or their nominees. The selection committee shall consider the following factors in recommending the awarding of the scholarships:

  • Academic ability (NCEA Level 2 with an overall merit commendation, or equivalent, is recommended for these scholarships)
  • Demonstrated involvement in the applicant’s community
  • Potential and motivation to succeed at University
  • In making an award, the Committee may also give consideration to the circumstances of the applicant, and the quality of the supporting essay provided.

Scholarship value and tenure

  1. Standard value of $10,000 for first year and one year tenure.
  2. For exceptional candidates, this scholarship can be awarded at a higher value, and for up to three years.
  3. Tenure in years two and three requires a GPA of 5.0 or better (B) for the previous year.
  4. The University of Otago Dux Scholarship may be held concurrently at the value of $2,000 when this scholarship is held at the standard value of $10,000.

Please note that you will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application. Apply for enrolment at the University of Otago now.

The Scholarship Terms and Conditions can be found here. Of particular note is that recipients of this University of Otago Entrance Scholarship are guaranteed placement in a Residential College for their first year of study, although the University does not guarantee placement at the recipient’s Residential College preferences.

* The University of Otago will contact the referee(s) by email and request that reference statements are received by the University of Otago by 24 August.