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University of Otago Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship

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ValueSupport for up to three years of undergraduate study with a value of around $40,000
Number OfferedVaries
Opening Date1 July
Closing Date15 August

Information

Established by the University of Otago Council in 2011 to assist new undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding academic potential and leadership capabilities to attend the University of Otago.

Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or 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
  • have at least NCEA Level 2 with excellence commendation, or equivalent
  • provide details of involvement in activities at school, in the community, and/or in sport and cultural pursuits in which they have shown leadership

A reference may be sought directly from the applicant's school.

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

Selection of recipients

The Selection Panel, consisting of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Engagement in the chair, the Director of Planning and Funding, the Director of Campus and Collegiate Life Services, the Head of Schools' Liaison, the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships, or their nominees, and up to four further nominees of the Scholarships Committee, shall consider the following factors in recommending the award of the scholarships:

  • Academic excellence
  • Demonstrated leadership ability

Scholarship tenure and value (inclusive of GST)

  1. Three year tenure. Tenure in years two and three requires a GPA of 6.0 or better (B+) for the previous year.
  2. Year 1 – For the first year of study at the University of Otago, the scholarship will normally consist of a tuition fee waiver (if applicable) at the domestic fee status rate and a fee waiver for the cost of accommodation in a University or University-affiliated residential college. The scholarship does not cover additional fees such as the Activity Fee (or similar), College deposit, nor the Student Services Fee.
  3. Year 1 - In instances where a recipient is not taking up the offer of accommodation in a University or University-affiliated residential college, the scholarship will consist of a tuition fee waiver at the domestic fee status rate, if applicable, and a $5,000 contribution to general living costs paid in installments after course confirmation.
  4. The Student Services fee and other compulsory fees for tuition, fines or those for Residential Colleges will not be waived.
  5. Years 2 and 3 – A maximum payment of $10,000 for each of the second and third years comprising a tuition fee waiver at domestic fee status rate and a contribution to general living costs if tuition fees are less than $10,000 per annum, subject to satisfactory academic performance.
  6. The remuneration of another University of Otago Entrance Scholarship may not be paid to recipients of the Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship, such as Dux or New Frontiers Entrance Scholarships.

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.

# Recipients may request continuation of their scholarship if their GPA is not at the required level by writing to the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships (entrance.scholarships@otago.ac.nz) asking that the Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Engagement approve continuation of the scholarship into year two or three.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Engagement will consider the following factors when making their decision (and may consider other things):
a. A written request received from the student, outlining why they would like some leniency in the GPA requirement. It is recommended that this request is received by 31 January.
b. Evidence of sport or cultural activity performance and associated commitments, if relevant.
c. Evidence of medical impairment, if relevant.