If you are of Māori or Polynesian decent you can apply for a full-fees Foundation Year scholarship
The POPO Foundation Scholarship Programme is for Polynesian students and the Tū Kahika programme is for Māori students.
Both of these programmes are designed to get more Māori and Pacific Islanders in to the professional health services industry.
These students will have comprehensive support in the form of financial assistance, academic support, a strong group focus and a dedicated support person (kaiarahi).
Our support team have passion for improving the health and well-being of Pacific and Māori People, and will do all they can to improve your chances of success.
While studying with us you will face many challenges but will develop the tools to deal with them, make lifelong friends, discover hidden talents, take the first steps to your future career and have a great time doing it!
POPO Foundation Scholarship Programme
The POPO Foundation Scholarship Programme is a Health Sciences support programme for Pacific students studying the Foundation Year Health Sciences course at Otago.
POPO students receive a guaranteed place in a University of Otago residential college. POPO students also receive financial assistance towards their accommodation fees at a University of Otago residential college as well as their Foundation Year tuition fees.
The programme POPO students are part of includes academic, mentoring, and pastoral support to help students prepare themselves for the Health Science First Year course or another health related programme.
Tū Kahika programme scholarship
The University of Otago Tū Kahika Scholarship is a two semester (from February to October) Health Sciences programme.
Tū Kahika is run within Foundation Year, and prepares Māori students academically for their first year of tertiary study and a future career in Māori health.
As a Tū Kahika student, you will receive guaranteed accommodation in a Residential College, and financial assistance towards your tuition fees and accommodation costs.
The name Tū Kahika comes from a southern variation on the name of the kahikatea tree, which grows well with the support of others around it.