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University of Otago Ralph & Eve Seelye Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarships

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Value Accommodation fees in a Residential College (at least $15,000) plus tuition fees (if not eligible for Fees Free) in First Year, $10,000 towards Residential College Accommodation fees, or tuition fees in Second and Third Year (subject to conditions) = >$35,000
Number offered 3
Opening date 1 July
Closing date 15 August

Information

These scholarships provide for students who have demonstrated academic ability and who can show significant financial need or have life circumstances that present barriers to studying at university.

The scholarships were established in 2011 from funds made available by the Ralph and Eve Seelye Charitable Trust. While assisting with general charitable causes, the trust has a strong emphasis on education.

Eve Seelye came to New Zealand as a refugee (with her parents) from Austria. Her family were escaping from the Holocaust, which claimed the rest of her family. Her father was a doctor and retrained and practiced in New Zealand. Eve followed her father into medicine and was a prominent anaesthetist assisting with some of the pioneering heart surgery. Ralph and Eve Seelye went to study in Oxford (United Kingdom) after Eve had been awarded a fellowship. Ralph completed a doctorate at Oxford.

General eligibility criteria

Application for all Entrance Scholarships are normally open to students who meet the requirements of 1.1 OR 1.2, AND 2. Those who fit within 3 are ineligible.

1.1 Are New Zealand citizens, New Zealand permanent residents, Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents with domestic fee status;

Or

1.2 International students 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.

And

2 Are intending to enrol or have enrolled for the first time for first-year (100-level papers) full-time degree-level, undergraduate study at the University of Otago.

But

3 Those who have studied more than 0.4 EFTs at any University or tertiary institution at degree-level or higher are not normally* eligible.

Specific eligibility criteria for this Scholarship

In addition to the above eligibility criteria, applicants must have:

  • Significant financial need or life circumstances which present barriers to studying at university.
  • Achieved NCEA Level 2 endorsed with merit, or equivalent.

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.

In the Entrance Scholarship application, it is recommended that to be considered for this scholarship, you should have completed the Family Circumstance and/or Financial sections of the 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 Head of Schools' Liaison in the chair, the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships and the Director of Development and Alumni Relations, or their nominees, 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).
  • Financial need.
  • The life circumstances which present significant barriers to studying at university.
  • Potential and motivation to succeed at university.

Scholarship detail

The Scholarship Terms and Conditions can be found here. In addition, following information applies to this Scholarship, subject to the specific provisions of the offer letter for the recipient:

  • Standard tenure is three years.
  • Year 1 – For the first year of study at the University of Otago, the scholarship will normally consist of a tuition fee waiver (if the recipient is ineligible for Fees Free or other tuition fee support) at the domestic fee status rate, and a fee waiver for the cost of accommodation in a University or University-affiliated residential college. The Student Services fee and other compulsory fees for tuition, fines or payment or part-payment of Residential College placement, deposit, activity or equivalent fees will not be waived.
  • Year 1 - In instances where a recipient is not taking up the offer of accommodation in a University or University-affiliated residential college, the scholarship will normally consist of a tuition fee waiver at the domestic fee status rate (if the recipient is not eligible for Fees Free), and a $5,000 contribution to general living costs paid in installments after course confirmation.
  • Years 2 and 3 – A maximum payment of $10,000 for each of the second and third years comprising a tuition fee waiver at domestic fee status rate and a contribution to general living costs if tuition fees are less than $10,000 per annum, subject to satisfactory academic performance.
  • Tenure in years two and three normally requires a GPA of 6.0 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 (entrance.scholarships@otago.ac.nz) 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, in which remuneration of the scholarship will not be paid to recipients of the Ralph & Eve Seelye Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship.

*Exceptions to 0.4 EFTS or less are considered when all previous University or tertiary level study has been undertaken whilst concurrently enrolled at secondary school.

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:

Email entrance.scholarships@otago.ac.nz
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.