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University of Otago Donna-Rose McKay Entrance Scholarship

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Value Standard value of $6,000 (exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value and a longer tenure)
Number offered Varies
Opening date 1 November
Closing date 5 December

Information

Originally established in 2012 to celebrate the 20 years of formalised support at the University of Otago for students with impairments, the scholarships were renamed in 2014 to honour the memory of Donna-Rose McKay, the former Head of Disability Information and Support and a leader in disability advocacy at the University from 1992 to 2013. The scholarships, which are made possible by the gifting of funds by Alumni and friends of the University of Otago, are offered to students who have demonstrated academic ability and who can show financial need arising from a disability.

Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, or have completed Year 12 and have completed, or 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.
  • be studying with a significant disability of at least six months previous duration, which will have substantial financial implications for their studies
  • provide, during the application process, a personal statement of no more than 250 words outlining the circumstances for applying for the scholarship and how the award would assist studying at the University of Otago. Make sure your name, University of Otago Student Identification Number, the Scholarship name and the date is on your submitted/uploaded essay/statement. Click here for a template you may wish to use.
  • provide, during the application process, a statement of no more than 250 words outlining your disability or disabilities. Make sure your name, University of Otago Student Identification Number, the Scholarship name and the date is on your submitted/uploaded essay/statement. Click here for a template you may wish to use.
  • provide, during the application process, a statement from a suitably qualified professional confirming you have a disability.
  • provide, in the specified format, a declaration of personal and parental assets and income. The income and assets declaration form is available here.
  • pre-arrange one referee who is able to comment on the applicant’s eligibility and suitability for the scholarship. Contact information for this referee will be required during the application process*

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 Committee consisting of the Head of Disability Information and Support, in the chair, the Head of Alumni Relations, the Alumni Relations Campaign Officer and the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships, or their nominees, shall consider the following factors in recommending the award of the scholarships:

  • Academic ability (a minimum of NCEA Level 2 awarded with merit, or equivalent, is normally required for consideration).
  • Financial need.

Scholarship tenure and value

  1. $6,000 for year one.
  2. Standard tenure is one year.
  3. For exceptional applicants, this scholarship will be awarded at a higher value and a longer tenure.
  4. Tenure in years two and three requires a GPA of 5.0 or better (B) for the previous year.
  5. The University of Otago Dux Scholarship may be held concurrently at the value of $3,000.

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) and request that reference statements are received by the University of Otago by 24 August.