Tū Kahika: A Health Science scholarship programme for Māori
The University of Otago’s 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.
Tū Kahika is an award that supports young Māori students interested in a career in health, into and through the University of Otago’s Foundation Year health sciences course and beyond.
Tū Kahika prepares students for further study in health sciences (particularly Health Sciences First Year) by providing wrap-around academic, cultural, pastoral and financial support over the year.
What do Tū Kahika students receive?
- guaranteed accommodation in a University of Otago Residential College (either Studholme College or Arana College)
- $5,000 towards Residential College costs
- Foundation Year tuition fees paid in full
- additional tutorials and academic assistance
- a dedicated Kaiārahi (support person) to assist with orientation through university
- a strong support network of Māori staff and students
- professional and cultural development (knowledge of health career pathways & options)
- university study skills, exam preparation and time management techniques
- academic preparedness for further tertiary study in health sciences, in particular Health Science First Year (HSFY)
The University of Otago acknowledges the support for Tū Kahika received from the Ministry of Health and the Tertiary Education Commission.