Scholarships for current students

If you’re already studying with us, we’re keen to help you move into further study or give you opportunities for professional and/or personal development.

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We understand that studying can be expensive and can create a barrier for some learners. Our range of scholarships give you the opportunity to undertake the learning journey you want to – no matter what your situation. So, we offer a variety of scholarships to assist our current students in many study areas.

Areas of study

Applied Management - Digital Marketing Scholarship

Who is eligible: Current second or third-year students undertaking the Bachelor of Applied Management, majoring in Sales & Marketing

Digital Squad is a marketing agency specialising in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). It wants to support students who are passionate in Marketing by providing a $2,000 scholarship for someone studying the second or third year of a business degree with a Marketing major.

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage students to learn about digital marketing and contribute their ideas to the marketing community.

Alongside meeting the eligibility criteria, applicants will need to submit an essay (2,000-2,500 words) on a specified topic relating to digital marketing strategy. Email for more information.

Foundation & Bridging - Staircasing Scholarship

Who is eligible: Graduates from specific foundation, study preparation or bridging pathway programmes (listed below) who are moving into Level 4+ vocational programmes.

Available to all students who staircase from one of the below programmes to a vocational programme at Level 4 or above: 

  • New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) 
  • Bridging to beauty therapy certificate 
  • New Zealand Certificate in Whānau Ora (Level 3)
  • Te Whakamahi Whenua (Level 3)  

This Scholarship entitles the recipient to a $1500 per year reduction in course fees for a full-time, full-year programme, or $750 for a full-time, one-semester programme.

Talk to your academic leader for more information and application forms.

Neurodiverse Scholarships
In 2022 Otago Polytechnic Limited established the Neurodiverse scholarship to assist neurodiverse learners completing study at Otago Polytechnic Limited.

This scholarship is a reduction in tuition fees.

The following conditions apply:

  • ONE (1) scholarship to the value of up to $7,000 will be offered to a Neurodiverse learner.

  • The successful recipient for the scholarship will be selected via a panel consisting of staff nominated by Heads of College.

  • Applicants must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress

  • Applicants must be able to provide supporting documentation of their disability if they are not currently registered with Student Success.

  • This scholarship applies to Domestic students only.

  • The scholarship may be held concurrently with other awards/grants, subject to approval of OP.

  • Application forms will be available from the Accessibility Team (Student Success), OPSA or Customer Services.

  • Otago Polytechnic Limited reserve the right to terminate the scholarship if the recipient ceases to follow regulations of the programme of study and/or bring the reputation of Otago Polytechnic disrepute.

  • Completed Application form should be returned via email to Otago Polytechnic Limited’s Scholarship Coordinator by emailing by 3pm, Friday 4th December 2022.

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

Nursing – Mercy Scholarship for Ākonga Māori and Pasifika

Who is eligible: Māori and Pasifika students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing or the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing.

Mercy Hospital offers a scholarship for ākonga Māori and Pasifika studying either the Bachelor of Nursing or New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing. Along with a cash scholarship, you will be offered an opportunity to complete one of your clinical placements with the team at Mercy Hospital.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current student in the Bachelor of Nursing or the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing
  • Identify as Māori or Pasifika
  • If you hold another scholarship already, you will only be eligible for the clinical placement


This scholarship is offered annually. The application period varies slightly each year. There will be a Moodle post with instructions when applications open.


The scholarship is split amongst all applicants who meet the eligibility criteria, so the total dollar amount will vary depending on the number of applicants in a given year.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact the School of Nursing or

Multiple - OneChoice Futures Grant

Who is eligible: Current students in a programme of study from the specific study areas listed below.

  • Business 
  • Finance 
  • Medicine
  • Healthcare 
  • Specialist healthcare

OneChoice is an insurance provider who know that health for families is only ever as good as the people who are providing it. And they also know that finances are a key factor for families as well as insurance products and services. So, with that in mind, they’re helping to encourage the best people into healthcare, business and finance industries by providing the OneChoice Futures Grant

The value of the grant is $5,000 and is paid as a one-off payment to the winner. 


This grant is offered annually. Applications open for the 2022 grant.

Eligibility criteria 

  1. To be eligible, you must be enrolled full-time in an accredited New Zealand Tertiary Education Institution and be studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship in any of the following areas:
    •     Business – including any business related courses from any institution.
    •     Finance – including actuarial, statistics, accounting and general finance courses.
    •     Medicine – including medical and health sciences, surgery and medical research.
    •     Healthcare – including health and fitness-related specialties, sport sciences, health   services assistance and international health.
    •     Specialist healthcare – including nursing, optometry, dentistry and pharmacy.
  1. Only citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand can apply.
  2. You must have reached 18 years of age to enter. 

How to apply

To apply, you’ll need to write an essay (maximum 700 words) on why you want to work in your selected industry and the difference you hope to make in your particular field of study. 

OneChoice are looking for submissions that reflect a OneChoice desire to improve the quality of people’s lives. It doesn’t have to be great prose, just honest and from the heart. 

All applicants must email the following documentation to 

  • Proof of ID
  • Proof of enrolment (including course name, tertiary institution name and enrolment status)
  • Your response
  • Contact details (including residential address)

Selection process

The winner of the grant will be selected and awarded by a panel of judges from the OneChoice Insurance Team on the basis of the entry that best grasps the essay challenge. 


The winner will be notified by email and their name will be published on the OneChoice website. 

For full terms and conditions, see here.

Pasifika Students

Pasifika Scholarships

Who is eligible: All current Pasifika students.

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist Pasifika students at Otago Polytechnic who show ability and character to succeed in their field of study.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a current Otago Polytechnic student enrolled in 0.5 EFTS or more
  • identify as Pasifika
  • be a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand

The scholarship is a fee contribution and is paid retrospectively - that is for the current year of enrolment and based on success in the current programme of study.

Related links

Professional & Personal Development

Otago Polytechnic Education Foundation Grant

Find out more about this grant here.

Women (she/her/they/them)

Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship

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

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship provides financial assistance to women who are
studying for a qualification to enter or re-enter the workforce or change occupation.

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). 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • New Zealand citizens living in New Zealand – not open to NZ residents
  • At least 25 years old on 1 September 2024
  • Enrolled in an NZQA approved education programme, undertaken in NZ
  • Have a proven record of academic achievement – you must be in at least your second year of academic study – if you have completed tertiary studies previously then the first year of a new degree is not your first year of study.
  • Able to use the scholarship in the 2025 academic year and/or summer school December
    2024-Feb 2025
  • Willing to participate in Soroptimist promotional activities (if successful)
  • The Trust does not offer scholarships to students enrolled in Doctoral degree programmes

To Apply

Download an application form from 1st July at

Application period is 1 July 2024 to 31 August 2024.

GCSB Women in STEM Scholarship

Who is eligible: Current students who identify as female, who are 18 years or older and in their second year of study (or above) and studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

See all information here and how to apply: GCSB Tertiary Scholarship.


New Horizons for Women Trust

Who is eligible: Current students who identify as female.

New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura runs an annual programme of national and regional awards supporting women in Aotearoa New Zealand to pursue education and research.

The awards recognise women like you who are working to achieve outcomes in your lives and careers, not just for yourself, but for the good of your families and whanau, communities and society. Our awards have given many women the personal or professional boost they needed to keep working toward their new horizons with confidence. The awards support a diversity of women, circumstances, study and research.

2022 Applications are open.

Visit the New Horizons website for further details >

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.