|Value||Standard value of NZ$6,000 for one year (exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value and a longer tenure) |
|Opening date||1 July|
|Closing date||15 August|
Established by the University of Otago Council in 2006 to assist students who have demonstrated all-round ability and who exhibit leadership potential to attend the University of Otago.
Application for all Entrance Scholarships are normally open to students who meet the requirements of 1.1 OR 1.2, AND 1.3. Those who fit within 1.4 are ineligible.
1.1 Are New Zealand citizens, New Zealand permanent residents, Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents with domestic fee status;
1.2 Who have completed Year 12 and have completed or are in the process of completing Year 13 at a New Zealand school (or an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution).
1.3 Are intending to enrol or have enrolled for the first time for full-time degree-level, undergraduate study at the University of Otago for the first time.
1.4 Applications are not normally open to those who have studied more than 0.4 EFTs at any University or tertiary institution at degree-level or higher.
Specific eligibility criteria for this Scholarship
In addition to the above eligibility criteria, applicants must have:
- Involvement in activities at school, in the community, and/or in sport and cultural pursuits in which leadership has been shown.
- Achieved NCEA Level 2 endorsed with merit, or equivalent.
Recipients of the Otago Daily Times Class Act Award will have an automatic entitlement to this scholarship, subject to their meeting the general eligibility requirements and obtaining entrance to the University. The standard value and tenure conditions will apply.
All applications for Entrance Scholarships are done through eVision, the University's student management system. In order to apply for a scholarship, you will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application.
For more information on the application process, as well as step-by-step instructions, please visit the apply for an entrance scholarship webpage.
Before going through the application process, it is important to ensure that you are adequately prepared to begin the application. What you will need to prepare for your application is listed on the scholarship application preparation webpage.
Selection of recipients
The Selection Panel consisting of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Engagement, the Director of Planning and Funding, the Director of Accommodation Services, the Head of Schools Liaison, the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship, or their nominees, and up to four further nominees of the Scholarships and Prizes Committee, shall consider the following factors in awarding the scholarships:
- Academic ability; disciplines or subjects relevant to their proposed programme of study at University may be assessed (a minimum of NCEA Level 2 awarded with merit, or equivalent, is normally required for consideration).
- Demonstrated leadership potential.
- Sporting and/or cultural involvement.
- Contribution to the community.
The Scholarship Terms and Conditions can be found here. In addition, the following applies to this Scholarship:
- Standard value of $6,000.
- Standard tenure is one year for those in a University of Otago or University-affiliated residential college.
- For recipients not in a residential college, tenure may be longer than one year.
- For exceptional applicants, this scholarship will be awarded at a higher value and a longer tenure.
- Tenure in years two and three normally requires a GPA of 5.0 or better (B) for the previous year.
- Recipients may request continuation of their scholarship if their GPA is not at the required level by writing to the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships (firstname.lastname@example.org) asking that the Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Engagement approve continuation of the scholarship into year two or three. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Engagement will consider the following factors when making their decision (and may consider other things):
- A written request received from the student, outlining why they would like some leniency in the GPA requirement. It is recommended that this request is received by 31 January.
- Evidence of sport or cultural activity performance and associated commitments, if relevant.
- Evidence of medical impairment, if relevant.
- Please note that, unless an exception is specified, other University of Otago Entrance Scholarships cannot normally be held concurrently with other Entrance Scholarships. The exception to this is the Dux Entrance Scholarship, which may be held concurrently at the value specified in its regulations.
You are likely to find the Frequently Asked Questions helpful and we recommend that you read them.
To find out more about Entrance Scholarships, please contact us:
If you have a University of Otago student identification number, please include this in your email.