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Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards

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Alexander Leith Bagpipe and Drum Scholarship

Established by the descendants of Alexander and Margery Leith in 2008 to assist students who have demonstrated an outstanding level of merit in solo performance in either Scottish piping or drumming and all-round academic ability, to attend the University of Otago.

Alexander Leith was born in Sutherlandshire Scotland in 1809. Margery and Alexander with their son William arrived in Dunedin on the "Mary" on 11 April 1849. The Leith family developed two farms on the Taieri Plain then walked their stock to Southland in 1861 and settled at Oteramika. Alexander Leith died suddenly on 18 July 1863.

Applications Close 1 December

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Alumni Annual Appeal Scholarships

Alumni and friends of the University of Otago have gifted funds to provide scholarships for those with a connection to the University of Otago.

The scholarship covers tuition and sundry fees for the first year of study.

Download the First Year Scholarships Application Form (in PDF format).

Applications close 1 September.

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Campbell-White Scholarship

($3,000 for one year)

The Campbell-White Scholarship was established in memory of the late Mr Charles Campbell-White, a graduate in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Otago (1949).

The scholarship will be awarded to a student studying towards a full time degree of Bachelor of Surveying, Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology, Surveying or Applied Geology at the University of Otago. The value of the scholarship is currently set at $3,000 per annum.

Applications close 31 March.

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Chris Burks Memorial Bursary

($3,000 for one year)

Christopher George Burks (1973-1999) was a student at Carrington College from 1992 until 1996. Chris was Vice President of the Students' Association from 1993 to 1995 and President in 1996. He graduated from the University of Otago in 1996 with a BSc in Information Science and in 1997 with a BA in Psychology.

Throughout his time at Carrington College Chris put himself second. His commitment first and foremost was to the College and all other residents. This generous spirit earned him the respect of both staff and students who came to realise his motives and actions were unselfish and always for the good of the Carrington community.

Carrington College and the University of Otago are pleased to be able to offer this award to assist second year students resident at Carrington College with their academic progress.

Applications close 20 February.

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David A Grant Memorial Scholarships in Scottish Piping and Scottish Drumming

Established in 2008 by Dr Peter and Mrs Ruth Grant, in memory of their ancestor David A Grant, to assist a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability in solo performance in Scottish piping, and a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability in Scottish drumming.

Closing Date is 1 September (Extended to 1 December in 2010)

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Deutsche Bank Financial Markets and Investment Banking Scholarships

($2,500 per year for 2 years)

Two scholarships are awarded annually to full-time students in their penultimate year of either:
(a) a Bachelors degree with Honours or combined Honours in approved subjects,
or
(b) a double degree in Law and Commerce in approved subjects.

Students completing their Bachelors degree this year and are intending to proceed to postgraduate (ie PGDipCom or MBus) courses next year in Accounting, Economics or Finance are also encouraged to apply.

Applications close with the Undergraduate Scholarships Office, Student Administration on 10 March.

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Dr Emily Hancock Siedeberg Scholarship

The Emily Siedeberg Scholarship was established in 2007 by the Trustees of the Estate of the late Bent S M Host and his wife Emily, who was a niece of Dr Emily Siedeberg.

Dr Siedeberg was the first female medical graduate of the University of Otago in 1896.

Applications Close 31 March

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Dux Scholarships

The university is providing the opportunity for at least one student from every secondary school in the country to study at Otago. Dux scholarships will be awarded to any student who is named dux of their school. The scholarships are valued at $5000 each and can be used towards the cost of a hall of residence and/or fees and guarantees the recipient a place in a residential college or hall of residence.

The university must be notified of acceptance of the scholarship by 14 December.

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Edna Waddell Scholarships for Women in Technology and Engineering

The purpose of the scholarships is to provide funds to help women undertake Undergraduate study for degrees in engineering and technology at New Zealand Universities and will be for women entering their first year of full time study at that level in technology and engineering.

Closing Date is 1 October

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Elman and Alfred Poole Science Scholarships

($4,000 per annum for three years)

Elman and Alfred Poole Scholarships are to be awarded to a boy or girl graduating from Southland High Boys and Girls High Schools who intend to pursue a degree and career in science.

Applications close 1 November

Energy Education Trust NZ Undergraduate Scholarship

The Energy Education Trust is a charitable organisation which wishes to assist students to undertake full-time study in the fields of science, economics or engineering or related fields but with a specific interest in energy as it relates to the energy needs of New Zealand.

Applications Close 31 March

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First NZ Capital Scholarship for Studies in Finance

Established in 2003 by First NZ Capital, one of New Zealand's leading investment banks offering a full range of services including investment banking, retail investor services, equity and fixed interest sales and trading, and equity and economic research.

One Scholarship shall be awarded annually to a student whose full-time course of study in the year of tenure includes one or more of 300-level or 400 level papers in Commerce or another approved course. The Scholarship shall be tenable for one year at an emolument of $2,000 or such sum as shall be determined by the donors.

Applications close 23 March.

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Frontiers of Science Scholarship

($3000 p.a. for the duration of an undergraduate degree programme in Sciences)

The Frontiers of Science Scholarships were established by the Division of Sciences in 2006 to encourage high-achieving students to enrol in undergraduate degree programmes in Sciences at the University of Otago.

Applications close 10 December.

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Hanny van Roekel Prize

The Hanny van Roekel Prize was established in 2004 by the New Zealand Netherlands Foundation Inc. Its aim is to stengthen the cultural, educational and scientific relationships between The Netherlands and New Zealand. This prize is open to all students enrolled at third year undergraduate level or any higher level. All students born in New Zealand or overseas can apply. They do not need to have Dutch ancestry.

Applications close 17 July.

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James Henry Scholarship

($600pa for 3 years)

Open to candidates enrolled for Arts, Science, Medicine, or Law, whose homes are in the Southland Land District. Awards are made on the basis of the academic results from a student's Year 13 of secondary school.

Applications close 31 March.

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John Turnbull Thomson Scholarship in History

($3,000 for one year)

The John Turnbull Thomson Scholarship in History was established in 2005 by the University Council with funds received from the descendants of John Turnbull Thomson, a surveyor and explorer who became New Zealand's first Surveyor General in 1876.

At the time of application, every applicant must either be in the final year of his or her secondary schooling at a school in Otago or Southland or have completed the final year no more than one year previously.

The scholarship is awarded by the University Council and may be held only by a student in the first year of university study who is enrolled for at least one 100-level paper in History for the degree of Bachelor of Arts.

Applications close 21 December.

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L'Oreal Marketing Scholarship

L'Oreal is the world leader in beauty products. As a global company operating in an extremely competitive industry, L'Oreal places great importance on recruiting the best graduate talent.

In order to support its market leader position, L'Oreal (NZ) is seeking to identify and support talented, well rounded commerce students, with a view to integrating them into their graduate trainee programme upon completion of studies.

Applications close 7 May.

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Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships

($5000.00 for one year)

Established in 2006 to assist students who have demonstrated all-round ability and who exhibit leadership potential to attend the University of Otago.

Applications close 1 September.

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Māori and Pacific Island Entrance Scholarships

($10,000)

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 Pacific Islands students into tertiary study. Up to 30 scholarships will usually be awarded annually, of which 20 to 25 will normally be to Māori students, and the remainder to Pacific Island students. In 2010, an additional 10 scholarships are available. These additional scholarships will be available to two students from each of the University's five iwi partners (Ngāti Whātua, Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāi Tahu). While students need to follow the usual application process, we also encourage iwi partners to recommend applicants.

Applications close 1 September.

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Ministry of Fisheries Undergraduate Scholarship in Quantitative Marine Biology

($5000 for one year)

Established by the Ministry of Fisheries to encourage the pursuit of joint mathematics/statistics and marine biology degrees at the undergraduate level.

Applications Close 20 September (Extended to 30 November in 2010)

N G Stewart Scholarships

($3,000 for one year)

The N G Stewart Scholarship was established in 2003 with funds bequeathed by Norman George Stewart (1913-1997) through the Stewart Coombs Trust.

Mr Stewart was Managing Director of the Dunedin company J K Mooney New Zealand Limited, an exporter of wool and skins, and also served as a Director of a number of Dunedin companies. After returning from service with the Royal Navy during the Second World War he became interested in assisting with the rehabilitation of disabled servicemen in Dunedin.

This scholarship is awarded to a student of the University who has a disability that makes attending university a challenge.

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New Zealand Medical Women's Association Elective Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2008 by the New Zealand Medical Women’s Association. The main purpose of the scholarship is to assist a final year female medical student at the University of Otago to undertake an elective that focuses on the health of women and children.

Applications Close 31 July.

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Performance Scholarships

Established by the University Council in 2010 to encourage excellence in areas of performance including sport, culture, music and the arts, these scholarships are available to academically-able students with demonstrated high-level ability in their chosen area of performance.

Applications close 1 September.

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Philip Ashton Smithells Memorial Scholarship

($3000.00 for one year)

The Philip Ashton Smithells Memorial Scholarship was established by the School of Physical Education in 2006 to honour the founding Director of the School. One scholarship will be awarded biannually to a student progressing to the third or fourth year of study for the degrees of Bachelor of Physical Education or Bachelor of Physical Education (Honours).

Applications close 1 October.

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Philippa Sweetman Scholarship in Consumer and Applied Sciences

Awarded to a candidate in the third or final year of the course for the degree of Bachelor or Consumer and Applied Sciences whose progress is satisfactory and who has demonstrated application and determination. A candidate succeeding despite adversity or disability shall be given special consideration.

Present value $750.

Applications close 31 March.

For further information http://www.otago.ac.nz/capsc/prizesandscholarships/undergraduateprizes.html

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Rotorua Area Primary Health Services Medical and Nursing Scholarship

The RAPHS Scholarship was established in 2008 with funds donated by the Rotorua Area Primary Health Services Ltd to the Health Rotorua Charitable Trust. The RAPHS Scholarship will assist in funding two Rotorua residents in their first year of medical or nursing training, with the intent of supporting the training and retention of local medical practitioners.

Closing Date is 15 January.

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Russell McVeagh Law Scholarship

Established to help young law achievers to be the best they can be during their academic career.

Closing Date 13 August.

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Simpson Grierson Law Scholarship

Simpson Grierson is one of New Zealand's leading commercial law practices, providing legal and business advice to companies and local authorities for more than a century. There Scholarships were established in 2003 by Simpson Grierson to assist law students studying to complete their studies and gain work experience.

Applications for the scholarship are to be made on the appropriate form obtainable from either the Law Faculty Reception, the Scholarships office, or alternately they can be downloaded from the Simpson Grierson website at http://www.simpsongrierson.com/Scholarships.html.

Applications close on 1 September in the year preceding the award.

Completed applications are to be forwarded to the Undergraduate Scholarships Officer, University of Otago.

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T D Burnett Stratheona Scholarships

($600pa for 3 years)

For Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences students who have attended a secondary school in Canterbury. For further information contact the Administrator, Consumer and Applied Sciences.

Applications close 1 November.

For further information http://www.otago.ac.nz/capsc/prizesandscholarships/undergraduateprizes.html

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The Class of 1979 Undergraduate Medical Scholarship

The Class of 1979 Undergraduate Medical Scholarship was established in 2005 by members of the MBChB Class of 1979. One scholarship will be awarded annually by the University Council to a second or third year (Early Learning Medicine) medical student.

Applications Close 1 April

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University of Otago Foundation for Malaysia Prize

The University of Otago Foundation for Malaysia is pleased to be able to offer this prize to an undergraduate student in their second or subsequent year of study, who has made an outstanding contribution to the welfare of Malaysian students at the University of Otago.

Application Close 31 March

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University of Otago General Staff Association Award

($500 for one year)

Open to candidates who are the son or daughter of a member of General Staff at the University of Otago, who has been enrolled at a secondary school in New Zealand in the preceding year, and who has enrolled for a full-time course of study at the University of Otago. The Award shall be awarded by the University Council to an eligible student who has the best external examination results in the student's final year at secondary school.

Applications close 15 March.

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University of Otago Graduates' Association Travel Scholarship

($200 - $600 for one year)

A grant of between $200 and $600 for first year students from beyond Dunedin or its environs. Approximately 5 awards are made on the basis of external examination results in the student's final year of secondary school. Applicants must be in receipt of a Government Student Allowance.

Applications close 15 March.

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University of Otago Study Grants for Māori and Pacific Island Students

($3,000 for one year)

University of Otago Study Grants for Māori and Pacific Island Students are intended to encourage the progression of students of Māori or Pacific Island origin toward study at postgraduate level at the University of Otago.

Applications are open to students of Māori or Pacific Island descent who:
(a) are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand; and
(b) are currently enrolled as a Māori or Pacific Island student at the University of Otago in a full-time course of study either for the third year of study towards a degree or be completing the 300-level major subject requirement; and
(c) intends, in the following year, to proceed to a full-time course of study at the University of Otago for the final yearof an Honours programme or for a postgraduate degree or diploma (including the Diploma for Graduates with all papers at 400 level) or for the fourth year of the course towards the degrees ofBachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

Applications close 1 November.

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Westpac Southland Scholarships

($600pa for 3 years)

Open to candidates who have attended a post-primary school in Southland throughout the two years immediately preceding the award. Awards are made on the basis of the academic results from a student's final year of secondary school.

Applications close 31 March.

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Zonta Club of Dunedin Scholarship

Following the disestablishment of the Dunedin College of Education Scholarship, offered through the Dunedin College of Education, and the Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship offered through the University of Otago, the Zonta Club of Dunedin wishes to now establish an undergraduate scholarship for a third year University of Otago female student in order to contribute to Zonta's objective of improving the status of women.

Applications close 1 December.

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Scholarships and Awards Search

There are a number of scholarships available for undergraduate students.
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International Students

There is further information contained elsewhere in this site about undergraduate scholarships for international students and postgraduate scholarships for international students.

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Further Information

For further information about undergraduate scholarships and awards contact:
Undergraduate Scholarships Administrator
Student Administration
P O Box 56
Dunedin
Tel 64 3 479 4132
Fax 64 3 479 5650
Email ugscholarships@otago.ac.nz