The Salvation Army Marie Fitness Endowment Scholarships

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What does the scholarship get me?

$6,000 pa

Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 November 2022

Applications close with the Scholarships Office on 1 November in the year preceding the award.

Length of award

The Scholarship may be awarded for up to three years.  The University of Otago will provide the Salvation Army with the student’s academic results every semester (if applicable).  To maintain the scholarship the student must maintain a B+ average or equivalent per year (if applicable) and/or gain admission to the subsequent years of the eligible professional programme (Dentistry, Medicine or Pharmacy).  The Salvation Army Marie Fitness Endowment Scholarship may be held concurrently with the University of Otago Dux Scholarship, but in such cases the remuneration for the Dux Scholarship will not be paid. The Scholarship may not be held concurrently with any other University of Otago scholarship valued at more than $3,000.

Number of awards offered

Up to 2

Purpose of award

The main purpose of the Scholarships is to support young people with demonstrated financial hardship and who are from an underprivileged background to study medicine or pharmacy at the University of Auckland. These two scholarships are also open to eligible students from the University of Otago, who should apply through the University of Otago's Scholarship Office.

Selection criteria

Applications are open to intending students who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents; and were under the age of 21 years when commencing university study; can demonstrate financial hardship, and are intending to enrol at the University of Otago in the year following the closing date for full-time study in one of the following programmes:

Health Sciences First Year (where a clear indication is evident of intention and potential ability to gain admission to the BDS, MB ChB or BPharm in the subsequent year); or
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS); or
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB); or
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm).

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Up to two Scholarships will be awarded annually. The Selection Committee is not obliged to make an award if in any year there is no candidate of sufficient merit.

How do students apply?

Scholarship applications will usually open around six weeks before the closing date. Please read the regulations carefully to be sure you are eligible before you apply.
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How and when do students learn of the decision?

Final awarding of the scholarship will be made by the Salvation Army BCM Academic Board.

Decision makers

The shortlisting of applicants will be undertaken by a Shortlisting Committee, comprising the ProVice-Chancellor, Health Sciences (or nominee), in the chair; the Health Sciences Admissions Manager (or nominee); and the Scholarships Manager, Graduate Research School (or nominee), who shall consider the following factors in recommending the award of the scholarship:
Academic ability;
Financial hardship and childhood under-privilege (this will determined by factors such as the decile rating of schools attended, family circumstances and eligibility for a Studylink Allowance);
Potential to succeed in the academic programme for the professions of Dentistry, Medicine or Pharmacy. In making a recommendation for this scholarship the Shortlisting Committee shall take into account other scholarships, bursaries and awards held by the candidates, with a view to achieving a fair distribution of monies among qualifying candidates.

History or background of award

The Scholarships were established in 2014 and are funded by the Marie Fitness Endowment through The Salvation Army.

Additional information

Applications will be accepted from students in any year of study towards one of these qualifications or students enrolled in the Certificate in Health Sciences where a clear indication is evident of intention and ability to enrol into a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or a Bachelor of Pharmacy in their subsequent years of study

Childhood under-privilege will be determined by factors such as the decile rating of schools attended, family circumstances, eligibility for a Studylink Student Allowance and financial hardship.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

The Scholarship Office
The University of Auckland
+64 9 373 7599


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in November 2020.