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.
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
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 email@example.com for more information.
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.
Who is eligible: Current students in a programme of study from the specific study areas listed below.
- 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.
- 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.
- Only citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand can apply.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Proof of ID
- Proof of enrolment (including course name, tertiary institution name and enrolment status)
- Your response
- Contact details (including residential address)
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.
Who is eligible: Current students (NZ residents) undertaking a project in the relevant study area categories (listed below).
- Science & Technology (includes Agriculture and Conservation)
- Engineering & Manufacturing (includes Architecture and Design)
- Business & Commerce
- Health & Social Sciences
To support projects that promote excellence, have a wide franchise and encourage the development of new concepts, technology or research which will benefit Aotearoa NZ. The emphasis is on projects which have a practical application.
Several awards were offered for study at Level 7 or above with a minimum of 45 credits in four categories.
For research projects such as Masters Research. Please find out more here.
Who is eligibile: Nursing gradates from the Bachelor of Nursing
This scholarship, which is funded by Jose and Donald Arthur, is in memory of their daughter Brittany who died suddenly of meningococcal disease in August 2016 just before she started her transition to practice placement. There are four scholarships available, at a total of $2,500 each.
The Arthur family have requested that the scholarships be used by graduating students to assist their transition to registered nurse practice on completion of the Bachelor of Nursing. There are no conditions on how the scholarship is spent.
The scholarships are awarded to graduating nurses who have demonstrated that they are consistently empathetic and compassionate to others and have the right aptitude and attitude to be caring nurses.
The process for identifying students who have demonstrated these skills and strengths will be undertaken by the Head of the School of Nursing in consultation with senior year three colleagues. This process will include reviewing students’ Transition to Registered Nurse Practice clinical placement documentation and identifying evidence that these skills and strengths stood out.
Verification and support will also come from preceptor feedback.
The School of Nursing is extremely grateful to Jose and Donald Arthur for making this generous donation to our future graduates.
Who is eligible: International students
We have scholarships available for international students applying for programmes in all subject areas at our Auckland International Campus (AIC).
See all details and how apply on the full Covid Relief Scholarships page.
Who is eligible: All current Pacifika 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.
Contact our Scholarships team to complete the application form.
Who is eligible: Current students studying a Postgraduate Occupational Therapy programme.
In 2020 Otago Polytechnic (OP) and the Visual Impairment Charitable Trust Aotearoa (VICTA) established the VICTA scholarship. The aim of this scholarship is to give postgraduate Occupational Therapy students the opportunity to pursue research projects designed to enhance the wellbeing of people with visual impairments.
- One full fees scholarship for an Occupational Therapy postgraduate programme of up to 18 months full-time continuous study (or part-time equivalent) will be awarded at the discretion of the VICTA.
- This is for study starting in 2022 and is available for domestic students only.
- The scholarship may be held concurrently with other awards/grants (subject to approval of Otago Polytechnic).
- OP and the VICTA has the power to terminate the scholarship if the recipient ceases to follow regulations of the programme of study, fails to
2022 Intake applications are open.
How to apply
- Within this, you will need to provide evidence of your aspirations in furthering the capacity of the Occupational Therapy profession to work with people who have visual impairment.
- Please return your completed application form to Customer Services (Mason Centre, Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Campus) or send it to email@example.com
- The name of the successful recipient will be advised by VICTA to Otago Polytechnic and Customer Services will notify the recipient in writing. engage in the sporting commitments as stipulated by OHA and/or bring the reputation of the OP or the OHA into disrepute.
This information sheet details the above but if you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional & Personal Development
Who is eligible: Current students in their final year 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.
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.
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.
Who is eligible: All current students who identify as female, undertaking an Engineering degree or diploma Construction Management diploma.
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 or New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical or Electrical).
Applications close in February of each year.
Email email@example.com (Learning Leader, Engineering Technology) for more information.
Who is eligible: All current students who identify as female, studying the Bachelor of Information Technology.
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 this degree.
For more information and to be sent the application form, email Bronwyn Tuxford.
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.