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ValueStandard value of NZ$5,000
Number offeredVaries
Opening dateOpen year round
Closing date31 January for Intake 1 (for applications to the Foundation Studies Certificate and Diploma programmes)
31 May for Intake 2 (for applications to the Foundation Certificate only)
30 September for Intake 3 (for applications to the Foundation Certificate only)


The University of Otago Pathway │ Te Huarahi Scholarship was established in 2021 to encourage students to undertake study in order to qualify for University admission and enable success towards undergraduate degree programmes.

Application process

Every applicant must:

  • Submit at least one of the provided application forms along with their Pathway │ Te Huarahi application to the University of Otago by the specified closing dates
  • Include a declaration of personal and parental assets and income if applying for consideration under financial circumstances
  • Include a copy of, or authorised access to, their most recent secondary school results in NCEA or equivalent
  • Provide a letter of support from an independent referee

Selection of recipients

The Selection Panel consisting of the Director of the Pathway │ Te Huarahi programme, the Manager Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships, the Head of Schools' Liaison, and the Manager International Marketing and Recruitment, or their nominees; shall consider the following factors in awarding the scholarships:

  • Academic ability (a minimum of NCEA Level 2 awarded with merit, or equivalent, is required for consideration)
  • Financial need and life/personal circumstances which present barriers to studying at the University of Otago
  • Potential and motivation to succeed at university

Scholarship detail

The standard minimum value of the scholarship is $5,000. However, for exceptional students it may be awarded at a higher value.

The Scholarship will be for two consecutive full-time teaching periods of Pathway │ Te Huarahi study only.

The scholarship to be awarded is normally received in the form of reduced accommodation fees, where a recipient has accepted an offer of place in University of Otago owned or affiliated accommodation, and/or tuition fees for the first year of study at the University of Otago.

The scholarship will usually be taken up in the year for which it is awarded; however, students may apply in writing to the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships for permission to defer the scholarship for up to 1 year. Deferrals will not usually be granted where a recipient is studying at another tertiary institution prior to or during the scholarship tenure.

Those who have received a Ngā Koroī or a POPO scholarship, or are Government sponsored students, are ineligible to receive a Pathway │ Te Huarahi scholarship.


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