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.
Applications for the Ngā Kōroi scholarship for 2024 have now closed.
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.
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
Ngā Koroī students have guaranteed (and subsidised) accommodation in an Otago University Residential College.
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:
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:
Specific details of the Health Science course are on the Foundation Studies Certificate study options page:
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.
If you have any queries about the Ngā Koroī scholarship or the application process, please contact the Programme Co-ordinator, Sam Feeney:
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:
Residential Colleges and accommodation
For information about University-managed Residential Colleges and accommodation application process, please contact the Student Accommodation Centre: