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Scholarships, sponsorship and awards

There are a few ways that you may be able to pay for Hands-On at Otago.

Scholarships and the closing date for scholarship applications

All scholarships require completion of the scholarship application online. There is an option for scholarship application at the end of your general application.

Updates to the scholarship information will be coming soon.

Applications for all scholarships close on 25 September 2020.

Disability Information and Support Scholarships

Scholarships are available from the University of Otago Disability Information and Support Office, for students who have a disability, impairment or medical condition. Students who have a disability, impairment or medical condition should discuss application for these scholarships with your school's Careers Adviser, who has been sent details about Hands-On at Otago. The scholarship covers the programme fee, which includes accommodation and food, and travel to and from Dunedin.

Read the Disability Information and Support Grants information sheet

More information for students with a disability, impairment or medical condition

Poutama Scholarships

The University of Otago's Schools' Liaison Office offer full scholarships for students of Māori descent who wish to participate in the weeklong Hands-On at Otago programme. The aim of the scholarship is to inspire and motivate young Māori students to develop their knowledge, skills and passion for tertiary studies. The scholarship covers the programme fee, which includes accommodation and food, and travel to and from Dunedin.

Read the Māori scholarships information sheet

Whai Wheako i Ōtākou Scholarships

Scholarships are available from the University of Otago for students of Māori descent entering Year 12 or 13 in 2020 and who wish to participate in the weeklong Hands-On at Otago programme. The scholarships cover the programme fee, which includes accommodation and food, and travel to and from Dunedin.

Read the Māori scholarships information sheet

Pacific Islands Scholarships

The Pacific Islands Centre at the University of Otago offer full scholarships for students of Pacific Islands descent. The scholarship covers the programme fee, which includes accommodation and food, and travel to and from Dunedin. The aim of the scholarship is to inspire and motivate young Pacific students who have a passion for learning and wish to develop their knowledge and skills alongside many other students who share their interests.

Read the Pacific Islands scholarship information sheet

SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival Scholarship

The Division of Humanities at the University of Otago offers full scholarships for students who participated in either the Regional and/or National Shakespeare Festivals in 2019 and who wish to take Humanities projects. The scholarships covers the programme fee, which includes accommodation and food, and travel to and from Dunedin.

There are four scholarships available; one for a participant in the Southland Regional Shakespeare Festival, one for a participant in the Otago Regional Shakespeare Festival and two for participants in either a regional (outside of Otago/ Southland) and/or the National Shakespeare Festival in Wellington.

Read the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival Scholarship information sheet

Sponsorship

Rotary, Lions club, etc.

Many students who attend Hands-On at Otago are able to obtain either full or partial sponsorship. If students require financial assistance, we suggest they contact a local service group (such as Rotary) or their School Board of Trustees. Teachers or school principals may be able to provide assistance in approaching these groups. Please note it is important to start this process when you apply for Hands-On at Otago as it takes some time and you need to have funding arranged before payment is due in early December.

Awards

Brain Bee

Each year the Division of Sciences at Otago awards two places at Hands-On at Otago, to the 2nd and 3rd place-getters at the South Island Brain Bee finals. (The overall winner travels to Australia for the Australasian final). These two Brain Bee awards cover registration and travel to and from Dunedin for the camp.

Regional Science Fairs

Canon sponsors a prize at 14 regional science fairs across the country - the prize being a place at Hands-On at Otago. While Canon generously sponsors the place for each regional winner of the "Best Application of Scientific Method", the Division of Sciences covers travel for the winners to and from the camp, so once again everything is covered.

Mana Pounamu awards

The Mana Pounamu awards celebrate young Māori achievement across the Otago region, and each year three places at Hands-On at Otago are awarded to outstanding young people heading into Year 12 or 13 the following year.

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