Scholarships

We offer a variety of scholarships to assist our students across many different study areas. Our range of scholarships gives you the opportunity to undertake the learning journey you want – no matter what your situation.

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If you’re thinking of studying with us, we have a variety of scholarships to assist you. Some of these are for any programme of study while others relate to specific qualifications or entry requirements. Students can only use one scholarship discount at a time.

There are also Government funding initiatives that mean that some of your costs may already be covered, for example the Fees Free scheme. For students who don’t need to use their scholarship for fees, we have alternative options available, including:

  • up to $4,000 put towards accommodation in Te Pā Tauira (our Student Village) or Central Otago student accommodation OR
  • defer your scholarship so that its applied to the following year of your tuition fees OR
  • For students who are unable to defer their scholarship, a third option is to use your scholarship for course-related cost up to a maxim of $2,000 (including GST). This is paid by reimbursement on the production of invoices. This third option will be for students who have a three-year full fees scholarship or those that are studying a one year programme.

If you are a current Otago Polytechnic Student, there are a range of scholarships that you can apply for - view these here.

Delivery & Pathway Specific

Private Training Provider (PTP) Pathway Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective students transitioning from a Private Training Establishment (PTE) enrolled in any study programme.

The PTP Pathway Scholarship is designed to transition students from a Private Training Establishment (PTE) to the Polytechnic and alleviate the financial burden for second-chance learners who have been under-served by the schooling system.

The PTE Scholarships value equates to two, one-year tuition fees, or pro-rata for single semester programmes.Applications close for Semester One in January and Semester Two in June of each year.

Please speak with the administrator at your PTE about this.

Māori Students

He Toki Fees Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective Māori students between 16-40 years old, enrolled in the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3) OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) with a focus on Engineering.

If you’re an applicant who identifies as Māori and you are between 16-40 years old, you can apply for the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) He Toki fees scholarship for support to study. 

For more information about this scholarship:

Visit http://hetoki.co.nz
Phone 0800 438 654 
Email hetoki@tetapuae.co.nz

Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective female Māori students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery.

Otago Polytechnic and Nga Maia o Aotearoa me Te Wai Pounamu (Nga Maia) recognise the need to increase the numbers of Māori midwives. To reach this goal the Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Midwifery Scholarship has been established by Otago Polytechnic in partnership with Nga Maia.

The Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Midwifery Scholarship offers fees subsidies to one Māori midwifery student accepted for the Bachelor of Midwifery programme at Otago Polytechnic each year. Nga Maia facilitates provision of whanau support for the Scholarship recipients during their studies.

How the scholarship works

The level of fee subsidy offered through this Scholarship is:

  • Year One – Otago Polytechnic will reduce the student fee component by 50%
  • Year Two – Otago Polytechnic will reduce the student fee component by 75%
  • Year Three – Otago Polytechnic will reduce the student fee component by 100%

The usual academic requirements for progression through the programme must be met.

To apply

We welcome applications for the Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Scholarship. Please include your scholarship application with your Bachelor of Midwifery application, or if you have already applied for our next intake, please upload your application as an additional document.

Please write a letter of application for the Scholarship detailing your reasons for applying, your whakapapa and any other information you consider relevant.

By applying, you are consenting to your academic transcript being shared with the Nga Maia Board.

Please include the name and phone number of two referees with your application (these do not need to be the same referees who provided information for your Bachelor of Midwifery application).

Applications are due by the last Friday in August each year. However, late applications may be considered. 

Selection process for Scholarship

Applicant letters will be considered by both School of Midwifery staff and the Nga Maia Board. Applicants will be notified of the School’s and Board’s decision in writing in their first year in the programme.

About Nga Maia o Aotearoa me Te Waipounamu

Nga Maia o Aotearoa me Te Wai Pounamu (Nga Maia) is the national organization of midwives and whanau promoting and supporting Māori birthing. In 2006 Nga Maia developed Turanga Kaupapa to give clear guidelines on Tangata Whenua values and provide cultural guidelines for midwifery practice to ensure that cultural requirements are met for Māori women during pregnancy and childbirth.

Turanga Kaupapa have been adopted by both the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) as one mechanism to give life and meaning to midwifery’s recognition of Māori as Tangata Whenua and to midwifery’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Irihapeti Ramsden

Dr Irihapeti Ramsden, of Kai Tahu and Rangitane ancestry, is credited with leading the nursing and midwifery professions in their journeys towards Cultural Safety.

Irihapeti’s work in Cultural Safety helped shape Midwifery Partnership as the embodiment of midwifery practice in New Zealand. We are honoured to acknowledge her contribution to midwifery, both here and internationally, through the creation of this Scholarship. We thank Irihapeti’s whanau for giving permission for us to name this Scholarship after Irihapeti

Mana Pounamu Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective Māori students who are recipients of Mana Pounamu Young Māori Achievers Award.

The purpose of this Scholarship is to celebrate those Māori who have been nominated as recipients of Mana Pounamu Young Māori Achievers Award.

It is offered to all senior/final year recipients of the Mana Pounamu Young Māori Achievers Award.

Please email tepunakaowheo@op.ac.nz for more information or to have an application form sent to you.

Māori Education Trust Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective Māori students enrolled in any study programme.

The Māori Education Trust Scholarship Programme is now open and offers scholarships to secondary and tertiary students who meet the respective scholarships' criteria.

There are undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available. Find out more information about the available scholarships.

Mātāwaka Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective Māori students who whakapapa outside the Kai Tahu rohe, enrolled in any study programme.

The scholarship covers one year of tuition fees. It has been developed between Otago Polytechnic and local Kai Tahu rūnaka.

  • To be eligible:
    You must be of New Zealand Māori descent and not have whakapapa to Kai Tahu.
    You must meet the academic entry criteria for your chosen programme of study.
    You must be a domestic student.
    You must be enrolled in a full-time, full-year course at Otago Polytechnic.
    You must live in the Otago region and study at one of the Otago campuses.

You will not be eligible to apply if you have previously received an Otago Polytechnic fees-paying scholarship.

Applications will open early 2022. 

Rūnaka Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective Māori students from our four local Rūnaka enrolled in any study programme.

The purpose of this scholarship is to acknowledge the contribution students make to their Rūnaka and the local community. It is offered to four students (one from each of the four local Rūnaka), for study in a chosen programme at Otago Polytechnic. Full fees are paid for the duration of the study.

To be eligible:

  • You must already be registered with one of the four local Rūnaka:
  • You must meet the academic entry criteria for your chosen programme of study.
  • You must be a domestic student.
  • You must pass your academic studies each year with a minimum of 50%.
  • Your study must be continuous.
  • You must be enrolled in a full-time, full-year course.

Applications will open again early 2022. 

Midwifery

North Island Midwifery Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery via our North Island satellites.

This scholarship is open to learners beginning the Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Midwifery in 2022 at one of our North Island satellites in Whanganui, Palmerston North or Greater Wellington.

It is for a $2,000 reduction in your course fees for one full-time, full-year programme: year one of the Bachelor of Midwifery.

The following conditions apply:

  • The scholarship is only available to domestic learners.
  • You can only receive one Otago Polytechnic scholarship
  • If you're eligible for FeesFree, you can defer the scholarship to your second year of study.

We will contact all eligible learners who are accepted into the Bachelor of Midwifery programme. 

Postgraduate Level

Otago Polytechnic Art and Community Projects Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective students enrolled in any Postgraduate-level Art programme.

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognise and celebrate the connections between art and the wider national and international community, and its ability to reflect and engage with societal issues. It is in place to acknowledge the work of an artist who is undertaking (or intends to undertake) postgraduate study in a context that connects with community projects and / or issues. 

Our postgraduate programmes offer candidates a space in which ideas can be manufactured through processes of making and writing undertaken in close conversation. It is a space in which candidates can test themselves against a rigorous community of peers and supervisors and reach out to the wider national and international community towards professional opportunities for their future.

This scholarship will contribute $1,500 towards programme fees for every year of study in the Master of Fine Arts, Master of Visual Arts, Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts, Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts, or Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours).

Applications close in March of each year. Email communications@op.ac.nz for more information. 

Neurodiverse Scholarships

In 2022 Otago Polytechnic Limited established the Neurodiverse scholarship to assist neurodiverse learners entering postgraduate studies.  This scholarship is a reduction in tuition fees. 

The following conditions apply:

  • ONE (1) scholarship to the value of up to $3,500 will be offered to a Neurodiverse learner.
  • Applicants must be able to provide supporting documentation of their disability if they are not currently registered with Student Success.
  • Preference will be given to those experiencing financial hardship.
  • This scholarship applies to returning Domestic students only.
  • The scholarship may be held concurrently with other awards/grants, subject to approval of OP.

Applications for these scholarships will open in mid-year. 

Please contact Accessibility Team (Student Success), OPSA or Customer Services for information and application forms

Secondary School Students

Dunedin School of Art - Otago Secondary Schools Supreme Scholarship Award

Who is eligible? All secondary school students enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

The scholarship recipient will receive:

  • enrolment for one semester in the Bachelor of Visual Arts (at Level 5)
  • a voucher for one term of free Art Night Classes
  • $50.00 gift voucher for Art Zone

OR $1,000 for course-related costs/living costs

OR the same value towards your accommodation if staying in our Student Village. 

Otago Secondary Tertiary Interface/Trades Academy

Who is eligible? Otago Secondary Tertiary College/Trades Academy graduates enrolled in any level 3+ vocational programme.

Available to all students who have successfully completed the academic requirements of the Otago Secondary Tertiary Interface/Trades Academy and are now enrolling in a vocational programme at Level 3 or above.

The recipient is entitled to one year of free fees OR $2,000 course-related costs for first-year students OR $4,000 towards accommodation costs if they are staying in our Student Village.

Principal's Leadership Scholarship

Who's eligible? Otago and Southland secondary school students enrolled in any study programme.

This scholarship is to be awarded to a student who has shown leadership inside or outside the school community. One Scholarship will be offered at the discretion of the Principal of each school in the Otago and Southland regions for payment of a reduction in tuition fees for a chosen programme at Otago Polytechnic.

The following conditions apply:
  • Candidates must meet the academic entry criteria for their chosen programme of study.
  • Where places on a course or programme are limited, normal selection criteria will apply.
  • Multi-year scholarships are available for a maximum of three years. Study must be continuous within the same programme. 
  • A three-year, multi-year scholarship which includes a bridging programme and the first two years of a health degree. The student would be responsible for the full fees of the third year of the degree.
  • All multi-year scholarships will only be redeemable in the second and third years if the student has been successful in the prior year. Successful means maintaining full-time study and passing in at least 50% of the course.
  • This scholarship entitles the recipient to a $1,500 per year reduction in course fees for a full-time, full-year programme, or $750 for a full-time, one semester programme. If the programme differs from the standard FTE or is part-time, then the amount will be worked out on a pro-rata basis.
  • Students can only receive one Otago Polytechnic scholarship in any one year. 
  • This Scholarship applies to Domestic students only.
Process for application:
  • The Principals of schools in Otago and Southland will select the students who will be offered these Scholarships.
  • Students are encouraged to advise their Principal and/or Careers Advisor of their intention to study at Otago Polytechnic to ensure that their name is put forward as a potential candidate for consideration for this Scholarship.
  • The names of the nominated candidate will be provided to the Otago Polytechnic Scholarships team by the school’s Principal by emailing to scholarships@op.ac.nz 
  • Nominated candidate returns Student Acceptance form signed by both candidate and Principal.
  • Please contact the Otago Polytechnic regarding any available representatives that are able to attend the prize giving ceremony. 

Information and application forms is sent to School Principals by the end of Term 2, nominations close at the end of Term 3.

Zonta Trades Scholarship

Who is eligible? Year 13 female students (or those who finished Year 13 less than 12 months ago) enrolled in any trades programme.

This new scholarship, offered by the Zonta Club of Metropolitan Dunedin, is to encourage young women to enter a recognised trade such as building, plumbing, electrical or mechanics. 

Zonta International is a leading global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. There are approximately 31,000 members in more than 1,100 clubs in 66 countries. 

This Zonta scholarship will be awarded to one female student who is in year 13 (or who completed year 13 less than 12 months ago) who is planning to pursue a career in one of the recognised trades and is enrolled in an Otago Polytechnic trades programme. 

  • Otago Polytechnic trades areas: Automotive; Bike Mechanics; Carpentry; Electrical; Mechanical; Stonemasonry
  • Scholarship amount: $1,000 
  • Scholarship used for: Course related costs i.e. tools or materials. 
  • Application deadline: TBC 2022

Applicants must reside in Otago and be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident of New Zealand. You must align with Zonta's mission and vision, have an active commitment to volunteerism and have knowledge of the programmes of Zonta. You should also be an active supporter of advancing the status of women. 

As well as the application form, you'll need to provide two references in support of your application (one academic and one from a voluntary or community organisation you have been part of). You'll also need to provide evidence of your enrolment at Otago Polytechnic. 

Any questions? Please email metropolitandunedin@zonta.org.nz

How do I apply? Please fill out this application form and send it to metropolitandunedin@zonta.org.nz 

Sports Clubs

Football South Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective students from Football South enrolled in any programme.

Six scholarships will be offered for talented Football South players. These will be for a programme of study at Otago Polytechnic and will cover up to three years of full fees.

  • All multi-year scholarships will only be redeemable in the second and third years if the student has been successful in the prior year. Successful means maintaining full-time study and passing at least 70% of the programme of study
  • This scholarship entitles the recipient of full payment of course fees for a full-time full-year programme. If the programme differs from the standard FTE or is part-time, then the amount will be worked out on a pro-rata basis
  • This scholarship applies to domestic students only
  • Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by Football South

Applications for these scholarships will open in mid-year. Please contact Football South for information and application forms

Otago Cricket Association Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective students from Otago Cricket enrolled in any study programme.

Five scholarships will be offered for Otago Cricket players.  These will be for a programme of study at Otago Polytechnic and will cover up to three years of full fees.

  • Student must provide evidence of successful completion of 70% or more of enrolled courses to attain the scholarship for the following year. Failure to do so may result in the cancelation of your existing scholarship.
  • Continuous study may include a bridging programme. For example, the Certificate in Health (Level 4) and the first two years of a health degree.  The student would be responsible for the full fees of the third year of the degree.
  • This scholarship applies to Domestic students only.
  • Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by Otago Cricket.

 Applications for these scholarships will open in mid-year.  Please contact Otago Cricket for information and application forms

 

Otago Hockey Associations Scholarships

Who is eligible? Prospective students from Otago Hockey who are enrolled in any study programme.

Otago Polytechnic and Otago Hockey Association have established this scholarship to support students with both sporting and academic aspirations. Two scholarships will be offered at the discretion of the Otago Hockey for full payment of fees for a chosen programme of study at Otago Polytechnic.

  • Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the Otago Hockey Association.
  • Student must provide evidence of successful completion of 70% or more of enrolled courses to attain the scholarship for the following year, and continued engagement in the commitments of the sport. Failure to do so may result in the cancelation of your existing scholarship.
  • Continuous study may include a bridging programme. For example, the Certificate in Health (Level 4) and the first two years of a health degree.  The student would be responsible for the full fees of the third year of the degree.
  • This scholarship applies to Domestic students only.

Applications for these scholarships will open in mid-year.  Please contact Otago Hockey Association for information and application forms

Otago Rugby Football Scholarships

Who is eligible? Prospective students from Otago Ruby Football Union enrolled in any programme.

Otago Polytechnic and Otago Rugby Football Union have established this scholarship to support students with both sporting and academic aspirations. Five scholarships will be offered at the discretion of the Otago Rugby Football Union for full payment of fees for a chosen programme at Otago Polytechnic.

  • Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the Otago Rugby Football Union.
  • Student must provide evidence of successful completion of 70% or more of enrolled courses to attain the scholarship for the following year. Failure to do so may result in the cancelation of your existing scholarship.
  • Continuous study may include a bridging programme. For example, the Certificate in Health (Level 4) and the first two years of a health degree.  The student would be responsible for the full fees of the third year of the degree.
  • This scholarship applies to Domestic students only.

Applications for these scholarships will open in mid-year.  Please contact the Otago Rugby Football Union for information and application forms

Otago Nuggets Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective students nominated by the Otago Nuggets management team, enrolled to study in any programme.

In 2022 the Otago Nuggets Otago Nuggets Scholarship was established t=to assist students with both sporting and academic aspirations.

Three Scholarships will be offered at the discretion of the Otago Nuggets for FULL payment of one year tuition fees for a chosen programme at OP.

  • Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the Otago Nuggets.
  • This scholarship applies to Domestic students only.

Applications for these scholarships will open in mid-year.  Please contact the Otago Nuggets for information and application forms.

Women (she/her/they/them)

Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective female Māori students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery.

Otago Polytechnic and Nga Maia o Aotearoa me Te Wai Pounamu (Nga Maia) recognise the need to increase the numbers of Māori midwives. To reach this goal the Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Midwifery Scholarship has been established by Otago Polytechnic in partnership with Nga Maia.

The Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Midwifery Scholarship offers fees subsidies to one Māori midwifery student accepted for the Bachelor of Midwifery programme at Otago Polytechnic each year. Nga Maia facilitates provision of whanau support for the Scholarship recipients during their studies.

How the scholarship works

The level of fee subsidy offered through this Scholarship is:

  • Year One – Otago Polytechnic will reduce the student fee component by 50%
  • Year Two – Otago Polytechnic will reduce the student fee component by 75%
  • Year Three – Otago Polytechnic will reduce the student fee component by 100%

The usual academic requirements for progression through the programme must be met.

To apply

We welcome applications for the Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Scholarship. Please include your scholarship application with your Bachelor of Midwifery application, or if you have already applied for our next intake, please upload your application as an additional document.

Please write a letter of application for the Scholarship detailing your reasons for applying, your whakapapa and any other information you consider relevant.

By applying, you are consenting to your academic transcript being shared with the Nga Maia Board.

Please include the name and phone number of two referees with your application (these do not need to be the same referees who provided information for your Bachelor of Midwifery application).

Applications are due by the last Friday in August each year. However, late applications may be considered. 

Selection process for Scholarship

Applicant letters will be considered by both School of Midwifery staff and the Nga Maia Board. Applicants will be notified of the School’s and Board’s decision in writing in their first year in the programme.

About Nga Maia o Aotearoa me Te Waipounamu

Nga Maia o Aotearoa me Te Wai Pounamu (Nga Maia) is the national organization of midwives and whanau promoting and supporting Māori birthing. In 2006 Nga Maia developed Turanga Kaupapa to give clear guidelines on Tangata Whenua values and provide cultural guidelines for midwifery practice to ensure that cultural requirements are met for Māori women during pregnancy and childbirth.

Turanga Kaupapa have been adopted by both the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) as one mechanism to give life and meaning to midwifery’s recognition of Māori as Tangata Whenua and to midwifery’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Irihapeti Ramsden

Dr Irihapeti Ramsden, of Kai Tahu and Rangitane ancestry, is credited with leading the nursing and midwifery professions in their journeys towards Cultural Safety.

Irihapeti’s work in Cultural Safety helped shape Midwifery Partnership as the embodiment of midwifery practice in New Zealand. We are honoured to acknowledge her contribution to midwifery, both here and internationally, through the creation of this Scholarship. We thank Irihapeti’s whanau for giving permission for us to name this Scholarship after Irihapeti

Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship

Who is eligible? Prospective female students over 25 years old enrolled in any study programme.

The Trustees have sole discretion to grant awards and will determine in their discretion the award amount and number of successful applicants, and the terms and conditions applying to each award. Recent awards have been in the region of $3,000 - $5,000 (per award). 

For information and how to apply, visit blast.co.nz.

Zonta Trades Scholarship

Who is eligible? Year 13 female students (or those who finished Year 13 less than 12 months ago) enrolled in any trades programme.

This new scholarship, offered by the Zonta Club of Metropolitan Dunedin, is to encourage young women to enter a recognised trade such as building, plumbing, electrical or mechanics. 

Zonta International is a leading global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. There are approximately 31,000 members in more than 1,100 clubs in 66 countries. 

This Zonta scholarship will be awarded to one female student who is in year 13 (or who completed year 13 less than 12 months ago) who is planning to pursue a career in one of the recognised trades and is enrolled in an Otago Polytechnic trades programme. 

  • Otago Polytechnic trades areas: Automotive; Bike Mechanics; Carpentry; Electrical; Mechanical; Stonemasonry
  • Scholarship amount: $1,000 
  • Scholarship used for: Course related costs i.e. tools or materials. 
  • Application deadline: TBC 2022

Applicants must reside in Otago and be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident of New Zealand. You must align with Zonta's mission and vision, have an active commitment to volunteerism and have knowledge of the programmes of Zonta. You should also be an active supporter of advancing the status of women. 

As well as the application form, you'll need to provide two references in support of your application (one academic and one from a voluntary or community organisation you have been part of). You'll also need to provide evidence of your enrolment at Otago Polytechnic. 

Any questions? Please email metropolitandunedin@zonta.org.nz

How do I apply? Please fill out this application form and send it to metropolitandunedin@zonta.org.nz 

What happens next?

Once you've applied for a scholarship, we will be in touch to discuss your options and confirm your scholarship status. If you have any questions or need help applying for a scholarship please get in touch with our Scholarships team.