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Value$15,000 ($5,000 annually for three years of undergraduate study)
Numbers offered2 (One from Southland Boys' High School and one from Southland Girls' High School)
Closing Date16 August

Please note: completed applications for this scholarship can be scanned and emailed to


There are two scholarships to be awarded annually to a boy and a girl graduating from Southland Boys' High School and Southland Girls' High School who intend to pursue degrees and careers in Health Sciences.  The Elman and Alfred Poole Health Sciences Scholarship will reward students who also demonstrate leadership and commitment to community, peers and family.

Elman and Alfred were sons of Philip Poole, a well-known cabinetmaker and musician in Invercargill in the 1920s. Philip encouraged his sons to get a good education at Southland Boys' High School and the University of Otago and both graduated in Medicine. Alfred settled in Invercargill where his contribution to cardiology as well as the local community was recognized with a CBE before his death in 2005. Elman specialised in Neurology with scholarships at Oxford University and posts in London at Institute of Psychiatry and National Hospital for Nervous Diseases. After a Rockefeller Fellowship to the Mayo Clinic, he returned to the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford where he retired. Dr Poole passed away on 25 June 2019 aged 93 years.

These scholarships were established by Dr Elman Poole in 2014.

Applications are open to intending students who:

  • have been a Southland resident for three or more years; and
  • attend either Southland Boys' or Southland Girls' High School in the year of application;
  • excel in Science at secondary school and intend to enrol in the Health Sciences First Year course at the University of Otago in the year following the closing date with the aim of gaining admission into Dentistry, Medicine, Medical Laboratory Science, Pharmacy, or Physiotherapy; and
  • demonstrate leadership and commitment to community, peers and family.


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