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Heinz Watties Scholarship


Unfortunately, this scholarship is not available for 2020

The University of Otago - Heinz Wattie's Scholarship encourages students to pursue a career in Food Science. Highly qualified Food Science graduates are well sought after by the dynamic, challenging and highly competitive food industry.

Candidates must be:

  • Enrolled as a final year student at a secondary school in New Zealand.
  • Intending to enrol full-time for a BSc in Food Science at the University of Otago.
  • A New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

The value of the scholarship is $500 for the first year of study and $2000 for the second year of study. In addition, during the summer vacation period after the second year of study, the scholarship holder has the opportunity of Industrial Work Placement at one of Heinz Wattie’s food processing plants with the potential to earn up to $5000.


The scholarship is available for up to two years, and must be taken up in the year in which it is awarded.


  • The scholarship holder must achieve at least a B grade average in the core papers undertaken in the first year of study in order to continue to receive the scholarship in the second year.
  • The scholarship holder must be enrolled for a BSc in Food Science.
  • The scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards or scholarships.
  • Payment will be made to the scholarship holder by direct bank transfer before the end of March.
  • At the end of the second year, the scholarship holder must write a short report on their experience working at Heinz Wattie’s.
  • This report may be used to further publicise the scholarship to secondary school students.


The University of Otago and Heinz Wattie’s reserves the rights to use names, photographs and details of successful applicants for advertising and publicity. The scholarship holders must agree to be reasonably available to participate in interviews and promotional activities if requested by the University of Otago.The foregoing provisions of this paragraph are subject to written consent of the Scholarship holder being received.



Application documents must include:

  • A completed application form, including the names of two referees (at least one from school)
  • A record of learning including evidence of eligibility for university entrance

Application documents must be sent no later than the closing date of 31 October. Candidates should also ensure that their two referees send their confidential references to the address below no later than 31 October.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application in February, after entrance examination requirements are available.

Unfortunately, this scholarship is not available for 2020

Send applications to:

Department Manager
Department of Food Science
University of Otago
PO Box 56

Courier Address:

Department of Food Science
University of Otago
Gregory Building
276 Leith Walk, behind Archway Lecture Theatres