Otago Polytechnic

Scholarships

Digital Marketing Scholarship

Digital Squad is a marketing agency specialising in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and want 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. Click here for more information and 2017 application, or email anvesh@digitalsquad.co.nz.

Football South Scholarships 

Five scholarships will be offered in 2018 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. 

Applications for these scholarships will open in mid-2017. 

Foundation Studies Scholarships

Available to all students who staircase from a Certificate in Foundation Studies programme (Level 2, 3,4) to a vocational programme at Level 4 or above.

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.

Maori Education Trust 

The Māori Education Trust 2017 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. 

To find out more information about undergraduate scholarships, please click here.

To find out more information about postgraduate scholarships, please click here

Mana Pounamu Scholarship 

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.

Mataawaka Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to Māori students who whakapapa outside the Kai Tahu rohe who are studying at Otago Polytechnic. 

Each scholarship awarded covers one year of tuition fees. This scholarship has been developed within a relationship between Otago Polytechnic and local Kai Tahu rūnaka. 

Applications for this scholarship close in March.

Please email tepunakaowheo@op.ac.nz for more information or download the Mataawaka Scholarship information form.

Midwifery Scholarships

The purpose of the Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Scholarship is to increase the number of Māori Midwives, in line with Health Workforce New Zealand goals.

One successful applicant to the Otago Polytechnic School of Midwifery is selected each year, with Nga Maia Māori Midwives Aotearoa. In year one, each recipient pays 50 per cent of the student fee. In year two, each recipient pays 25 per cent, and in year three of the programme no fee is paid. Read more about this scholarship here.

Applications are accepted with applications to the Bachelor of Midwifery after June each year.

Otago Polytechnic Art and Community Connections Scholarship

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 ArtsMaster of Visual ArtsPostgraduate Diploma in Visual ArtsPostgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts, or Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours). Applications close in March of each year. Click here for further information and the 2017 application for, or contact communications@op.ac.nz.

Otago Polytechnic Education Foundation Grant

This scholarship is available for final year students who have the opportunity to make an impact on the world stage as part of their study and/or professional development. The grant can cover travel costs associated with representing Otago Polytechnic abroad, or presenting research at an international conference. Applications are available from June to end of July each year. Please contact Andrea.Hessian@op.ac.nz for more information or to have an application form sent to you.

Otago Polytechnic Women in Engineering Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognise that women in New Zealand are under-represented in the Engineering Technology industry, particularly in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical and civil engineering. Women represent less than 25% of the engineering graduates nationally. This scholarship is intended to assist a female student studying at Otago Polytechnic who shows ability and character to succeed in the field of engineering technology.

This scholarship will contribute $1,000 towards programme fees for every year of study in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology, New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (CivilMechanical or Electrical), or the New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) (Construction Management) or (Quantity Surveying). Applications close in February of each year. Click here for further information and a 2017 application form, or contact communications@op.ac.nz.

Otago Polytechnic Women in Information Technology Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognise that women in New Zealand are under-represented in the Information Technology industry in comparison to the majority of the developed world. Women represent less than 16% of the workforce in technical roles. This scholarship is intended to assist a female student studying at Otago Polytechnic who shows ability and character to succeed in the field of information technology.

This scholarship will contribute $1,000 towards course fees for every year of study in the Bachelor of Information Technology. Applications close in January of each year. Click here for further information and the 2017 application form, or contact communications@op.ac.nz.

Pacific Island Scholarships 

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

The Scholarship is open to all Otago Polytechnic students who identify as Pacific Island (i.e. Pacific Island ethnic origin) and are permanent residents or citizens of New Zealand who are currently enrolled in 0.5 EFTS or more. The scholarship is by way of fee contribution and is paid retrospectively - that is for the current year of enrolment and based on success in the current programme of study.

Information and application forms will be emailed to currently enrolled Pacific Island students during August 2017 (with an end of September 2017 closing date for applications). For more information, please email Pam.thompson@op.ac.nz

Check out our 2016 scholarship and award recipients here.

Principal’s Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is to be awarded to a secondary school 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 Otago. Each scholarship provides $1500 per year reduction in tuition fees for a chosen programme at Otago Polytechnic. Applications close in December each year.

For more information, please speak to your School Administration staff as they can provide you with the correct form. 

Private Training Provider (PTP) Pathway Scholarship

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 contact customerservices@op.ac.nz for more information or to have an application form sent to you.

Rūnaka Scholarships 

The purpose of this Scholarship is to acknowledge the contribution students make to their Rūnaka and 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 paid for the duration of study. 

Please email tepunakaowheo@op.ac.nz for more information or download the Rūnaka Scholarship information form.

Todd Foundation Awards

For research projects such as Masters Research. Please click on the link above for further information.

Please note: These scholarships are for New Zealand residents only.

Zonta Scholarship

The Zonta Club of Dunedin Otago Inc (Member of Zonta International) offers a $1,000 scholarship to a female student undertaking their third or later year of tertiary study. To be eligible for this scholarship you must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • enrolled in your third or later year of tertiary study
  • have attained academic excellence in previous study at tertiary level
  • be enrolled at Otago Polytechnic for the duration of the award
  • able to demonstrate a balanced lifestyle and contribution to the community.  

You must also agree to attend a meeting of the Zonta Club of Dunedin – Otago to receive your award and update the Zonta Club on your achievements over the year.

Read more about this scholarship here. 


To find out more about our Scholarship programmes, please contact:

International +64 3 477 3014
New Zealand 0800 762 786
info@op.ac.nz