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University of Otago Māori Entrance Scholarship

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Value Standard value of $10,000 for one year (exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value and a longer tenure)
Number Offered Varies
Opening date 1 July
Closing date 15 August


Established by the University of Otago in 2005 to celebrate academic excellence and cultural diversity, this scholarship is intended to encourage the progression of Māori into tertiary study.

Eligibility criteria

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 or permanent residents;


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 be:

  • Of Māori descent. You will be required to verify your ancestry and more information on this process can be found here.
  • Involved in the Māori community.

Application process

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, including information you will be asked to provide and reference requirements, is listed on the scholarship application preparation webpage.

Selection of recipients

The Selection Panel shall consist of the Director, Māori Development, in the chair, a member of the Scholarships and Prizes Committee, the Director, Pacific Development, the Dean of Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, the Manager of the Māori Centre, and the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships, or their nominees. The following factors will be considered in awarding of the scholarships:

  • Academic ability; disciplines or subjects relevant to their proposed programme of study at University may be assessed (NCEA Level 2 with an overall merit commendation, or equivalent, is recommended for these scholarships).
  • Demonstrated involvement in the applicant’s community.
  • Potential and motivation to succeed at University.
  • In making an award, the Committee may also give consideration to the circumstances of the applicant, and the quality of the supporting information provided.

Scholarship regulations

The Scholarship Terms and Conditions can be found here. In addition, the following applies to this Scholarship:

  • Standard value of $10,000.
  • Standard tenure is one year for those in a University of Otago or University-affliated 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 ( 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):
    1. 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.
    2. Evidence of sport or cultural activity performance and associated commitments, if relevant.
    3. 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.

Further information

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:

Tel 0800 80 80 98 (callers within New Zealand only); or
64 3 479 7000 (callers outside New Zealand)
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If you have a University of Otago student identification number, please include this in your email.