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Value NZ$600
Number offered Up to three (3) per year                         
Closing date Not applicable

The Lissie Rathbone Scholarships were established in 1925 by the Trustees of the late Lissie Rathbone who bequeathed one half of her residuary estate for such charitable, educational, or religious objects as the Trustees should select.

Application and award

Eligibility is determined by NCEA level 3 for English and History.

Applicants must:

  • Be intending to enrol full time for first year undergraduate study in a degree-level programme in the year after application and not previously been enrolled at any University
  • Be under the age of 19 years on the first day of December immediately before enrolling at the University
  • Have been domiciled in the Otago or Southland Land District for one year before enrolling at the University.


The scholarships shall be awarded on the basis of the academic results from a student’s Year 13 performance in English and History at secondary school, although the Council may take into account the financial circumstances of any candidate.

Value and Tenure

The value of the scholarship is $600 per year for three years for full-time study at degree level at the University of Otago or, with the approval of the Council, at another University in New Zealand, and the value shall be that set down in the current schedule of awards.

Selections are managed by the Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships (UES) Manager

Note that the University of Otago Entrance Scholarships Terms and Conditions may also apply.