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University of Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship

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Value Between $2,500 and $5,000 (dependent on the level of academic achievement at school)
Number offeredVaries
Opening date1 July
Closing date4 March for Semester 1 start

Information

Established by the University of Otago in 2015 to recognise academic excellence in secondary school study.

Applications are open to students who:

  • Do not have another University of Otago Entrance Scholarship (except the University of Otago Dux Scholarship);

AND

  • Intend to commence and maintain a full-time, full-year enrolment at the University of Otago in any one (or any combination) of the following Bachelors’ degrees: Applied Science, Arts, Commerce, Law, Music, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Radiation Therapy, Science, Social Work, Surveying, Teaching, Theology.

AND

  • Have enrolled for first-year (100-level papers), full-time, full year undergraduate degree-level study at the University of Otago for the first time in the year of the closing date.

AND either A. OR B. OR C. OR D. below

A. International or domestic students - have completed year 12 and have completed or are in the process of completing year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. The apply now button for Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships will be available on the home page of your eVision portal after you have completed the first three stages of enrolment at the University of Otago.

OR

B. International or domestic students - have completed a Foundation Year at a New Zealand institution. You MAY be invited to apply for a New Frontiers Scholarship. Invitations are sent to your eVision portal after you have gone through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago. Please email entrance.scholarships@otago.ac.nz after you have completed the first three stages of enrolment at the University of Otago.

OR

C. International students - have completed an internationally recognised qualification at an overseas high school such as A Levels, International Baccalaureate, or ATAR, AND have achieved excellent grades. You MAY be invited to apply for a New Frontiers Scholarship but only after you have enrolled at the University of Otago. If you haven't already begun enrolment, enquire now http://www.otago.ac.nz/international. If you have completed enrolment, an Apply Now button will be available in your eVision portal if your grades are suitable.

OR

D. Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. The apply now button for Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships will be available on the home page of your eVision portal after you have completed the first three stages of enrolment at the University of Otago.

Ineligible: Applicants who commence and maintain enrolment at the University of Otago in Health Sciences First Year or for the intermediate year of professional degrees not offered at the University of Otago (e.g. engineering) are ineligible for the New Frontiers Entrance Scholarships.

Selection of recipients

New Frontiers Sustained Excellence

  1. Selection will be based on academic accomplishments, measured by official secondary school qualifications or pre-degree level tertiary Grade Point Average.
  2. An applicant who has achieved ONE of the following the academic standards set out in this section will be awarded a University of Otago New Frontiers Sustained Excellence Scholarship. Applies to an applicant who has gained, or gains one of the following:
  • NCEA Level 2 endorsed with Excellence AND NCEA Level 3 endorsed with Excellence while still enrolled at secondary school. Level 2 excellence credits must have been obtained while enrolled in Year 11 or 12.
  • International Baccalaureate with a score of 37 points or more.
  • Cambridge International Examinations with a University of Otago Cambridge International Exams Entry Score of 291 - 360.

Applicants who have achieved highly in another official secondary school qualification or who have gained high pre-degree level tertiary grades may also be considered by, and at the discretion of, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Engagement, or nominee.

New Frontiers Excellence

  1. Selection will be based on academic accomplishments, measured by official secondary school qualifications or pre-degree level tertiary Grade Point Average.
  2. An applicant who has achieved ONE of the following the academic standards set out in this section will be awarded a University of Otago New Frontiers Excellence Scholarship:
  • NCEA Level 2 with an Excellence Endorsement. Level 2 excellence credits must have been obtained while enrolled in Year 11 or 12 .
  • NCEA Level 3 with an Excellence Endorsement obtained while still enrolled at secondary school.
  • International Baccalaureate with a score of 34-36 points.
  • Cambridge International Examinations with a University of Otago Cambridge International Exams Entry Score of 240 - 290.
  • Rudolf Steiner Level 3 School Certificate at the level of Highly Commended or Distinction.
  • Also applies to any applicant who may be awarded the scholarship on the basis of merit results.

Applicants who have achieved either or both NCEA Level 2 or Level 3 endorsed with a merit endorsement overall and a high proportion of excellence credits (or similar from other official secondary school qualifications or pre-degree level tertiary grades) may also be considered by, and at the discretion of, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Engagement, or nominee.

Scholarship tenure and value

New Frontiers Sustained Excellence

  1. One year tenure
  2. $5,000 for year one
  3. The University of Otago Dux Scholarship may have held concurrently at the value of $3,000

New Frontiers Excellence

  1. One year tenure
  2. $2,500 for year 1
  3. The University of Otago Dux Scholarship may have held concurrently at the value of $4,000

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 if applications for a place in a Residential College are received by the University of Otago Accommodation Service by 30 September, although the University does not guarantee placement at the recipient’s Residential College preferences. For recipients of this scholarship whose application for a place in a Residential College are received before 1 February for their first year of study, scholars will have high priority for a place in a Residential College for their first year of study, though the University does not guarantee placement at the recipient’s Residential College preferences.