A number of scholarships are available for tauira Māori, both through the University of Otago and from iwi, government, industry and private organisations. We strongly encourage you to explore these opportunities.
University of Otago Māori Entrance Scholarships
Each year, the University offers many scholarships to students of Māori descent looking to begin their first year of tertiary study. These scholarships have a standard value of NZ$13,000. Some applicants of exceptional calibre may be awarded this scholarship at a higher value and longer tenure. Other University of Otago undergraduate scholarships are available. There are also postgraduate scholarships specifically for tauira Māori.
Tū Kahika supports tauira Māori interested in a career in health through the University of Otago's Foundation Year Health Sciences course and beyond. The scholarship provides accommodation plus academic, cultural, pastoral and financial support over the year. Tū Kahika is more than a scholarship, it is a whānau of tauira Māori and staff that supports one another to achieve their goals. Tū Kahika provides an excellent platform for students to progress into further health sciences study.
For further information:
There are many scholarships available from a wide range of sources. Visit givME, the GenNZ website that provides information on more than 4,000 scholarships and awards.
You can also talk about scholarship opportunities with careers advisers at your school or with your iwi.
Tama Walker is based in the Māori Centre on campus in Dunedin. He can provide information about scholarships and advise tauira Māori and their whānau on courses of study.