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Otago Law Alumni Scholarship

"What I love most about the Otago Law Faculty is the collegial and supportive way student treat each other. Every year I meet young people who would dearly like to study law at Otago but face financial barriers. If we all pool together we can give these young people a chance to study law at Otago and go on to make a major contribution to our society." - Professor Mark Henaghan

The Faculty of Law in collaboration with the Development and Alumni Relations Office has decided to launch an appeal to raise funds for a scholarship. This scholarship is being established to provide support to high achieving, deserving year 13 students with the dream of studying 1st year Law at Otago. For many students the practical aspect of attending our fine University is merely a dream and one that appears to be out of their reach. To this end we have started an appeal to raise sufficient capital to award an annual scholarship from the income. The Faculty of Law would be delighted if you would be willing to contribute to this appeal. Your support will make a difference to a student's future: to our future.

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The Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave Māori Leadership in Law Scholarship

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and the University of Otago are establishing the Māori Leadership in Law Scholarship in memory of Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave. Jolene, of Scottish, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Te Uri-o-Hau, Te Roroa, Ngāti Torehina, Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Whātua descent, was a very highly respected Otago law graduate and young leader in the legal profession whose very sad passing brought short her important work amongst hapū and iwi. She was an inspiration to many and an indefatigable advocate for Māori rights. The scholarship is being established, in conjunction with Jolene's whānau, as a legacy to Jolene and to encourage and enable young Māori students, particularly those of Ngāti Whātua descent, with leadership qualities and a passion for law to follow their dreams through the study of law. Jolene contributed enormously to the University of Otago, including the Faculty of Law, during her time as a student (she was a past Tumuaki of Te Roopū Whāi Pūtake in her students days at Otago) and then as a lawyer in meeting with and mentoring Otago law graduates, in particular Māori law graduates. This is the first appeal to establish a scholarship for Māori law students.

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