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About this scholarship

Ngā Koroī is an award that supports young Māori students interested in a career in health, into and through the University of Otago’s Foundation Studies Certificate Health Sciences course in preparation for future health-related tertiary study.

The Māori Health Workforce Development Unit ( MHWDU ) provides support for Māori students interested in gaining the Health Sciences Foundation Studies Certificate through the University of Otago's Pathway programme.

The Foundation Studies Certificate Health Sciences programme is a two-semester foundation course that allows students to achieve University Entrance, while giving them the confidence, academic skills, and knowledge to succeed in their Health Sciences studies at Otago.

Application

Applications for the Ngā Kōroi scholarship for 2024 have now closed.

Entry criteria for Ngā Koroī

Criteria for the Ngā Koroī scholarship

Successful applicants must:

  • Have Māori whakapapa
  • Show a commitment to Māori health and Māori development
  • Show a commitment to pursue Health Sciences study and a career in health (a strong science and math background is preferred)

Application process for Ngā Koroī

Students must submit both the online Ngā Koroī application and a residential college application to be considered for the programme. Note: Applications for 2024 are now closed.

Interviews for Ngā Koroī

Shortlisted applicants are interviewed (most commonly via Zoom). The interview is an opportunity for students and whānau to meet programme staff, learn more about Pathway, and have their questions answered.

Students will be notified shortly after their interview if they have been awarded the Ngā Koroī scholarship.

What do Ngā Koroī students receive?

Ngā Koroī students receive:

  • Automatic enrollment into the University of Otago Foundation Studies Certificate Health Sciences course
  • Guaranteed accommodation in a University of Otago Residential College
  • Up to $10,000 towards Residential College costs
  • Additional tutorials and academic assistance
  • Support from the Māori Health Workforce Development Unit staff to assist with the transition to university

Pastoral and academic support

Māori Health Workforce Development Unit staff will work with Māori Pathway Health Sciences students to guide them into and through the Foundation Studies Certificate Health Sciences course.

MHWDU staff will:

  • Co-ordinate extra tutorials for students (particularly in Physics and Chemistry)
  • Provide knowledge about future study options and career pathways in health
  • Provide academic, personal, and social support and mentoring over the year

Accommodation

Ngā Koroī students have guaranteed (and subsidised) accommodation in an Otago University Residential College.

Financial Assistance

Ngā Koroī students are provided up to $10,000 dollars towards their residential accommodation.

Fees are covered by the Tertiary Education Commission's Free Fees scheme, if students are eligible. To check eligibility for the Free Fees scheme, visit:

feesfree.govt.nz

What will I study?

All Ngā Koroī scholarship recipients study for the Foundation Studies Certificate in the Health Science stream, and participate in lectures, labs and tutorials on the Otago University campus.

Visit the Pathway and English Language Centre website for more information about the Certificate:

Foundation Studies Certificate

Specific details of the Health Science course are on the Foundation Studies Certificate study options page:

Health Science programme – Foundation Studies Certificate

Commencement date

The Foundation Studies Certificate Health Sciences stream dates consist of two 14-week terms including exams.

Term 1 runs from late February through to the beginning of June each year with a mid-term break in April. Term 2 commences at the end of June and finishes at the beginning of October with a mid-term break in August.

Contacts

Ngā Koroī

If you have any queries about the Ngā Koroī scholarship or the application process, please contact the Programme Co-ordinator, Sam Feeney:

Email mhwdu@otago.ac.nz

University of Otago Pathway and English Language Centre

If you have any queries about the University of Otago Pathway and English Language Centre please contact:

Tel +64 3 479 5250
Email uoo.pathway@otago.ac.nz

University of Otago Pathway and English Language Centre website

Residential Colleges and accommodation

For information about University-managed Residential Colleges and accommodation application process, please contact the Student Accommodation Centre:

Tel +64 3 479 8950
Freephone 0800 80 80 98
Email accommodation@otago.ac.nz

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