University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 15 August 2022

15 Aug 2019

Length of award

Standard tenure is one year. For exceptional applicants, this scholarship will be awarded at a higher value and a longer tenure.

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

To assist students who have demonstrated all-round ability and who exhibit leadership potential to attend the University of Otago.

Selection criteria

Applicants must:
* be New Zealand citizens or New Zealand permanent residents
* be intending to enrol for full-time study at the University of Otago for the first time the year follwoing the closing date
* have at least NCEA Level 2 with a merit commendation or equivalent

Note: Students completing University papers while in their final year of high school are eligible for consideration.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The Scholarship will usually be taken up in the year for which it is awarded; however, students may apply in writing to the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships, for permission to defer starting the scholarship for up to one year. Deferrals will not usually be granted where a recipient is proceeding to study at another tertiary institution prior to taking up the scholarship.

How do students apply?

All applications for Entrance Scholarships are done through eVision, the University's student management system. In order to apply for a scholarship, you will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application.
In the Entrance Scholarship application, it is recommended that to be considered for this scholarship, you should have completed the Leadership section of the application, and it is recommended that the Extra-curricular section is also completed. For more information on the application process, as well as step-by-step instructions, please visit the apply for an entrance scholarship webpage.
Before going through the application process, it is important to ensure that you are adequately prepared to begin the application. What you will need to prepare for your application is listed on the scholarship application preparation webpage.
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How and when do students learn of the decision?

It is anticipated applicants will receive notification of results by mid-October in the year of application.

Decision makers

The Selection Committee consisting of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Engagement, the Director of Planning and Funding, the Director of Accommodation Services, the Head of Schools Liaison, the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship, or their nominees, and up to four further nominees of the Scholarships Committee, shall consider the following factors in recommending the award of the scholarships:
* Academic ability (a minimum of NCEA Level 2 awarded with merit, or equivalent, is normally required for consideration).
* Demonstrated leadership potential.
* Sporting and/or cultural involvement.
* Contribution to the community.


History or background of award

Established by the University of Otago Council in 2006.

Additional information

Recipients of the Otago Daily Times Class Act Award will normally have an automatic entitlement to this scholarship, subject to their meeting the general eligibility requirements and obtaining entrance to the University. The normal tenure conditions will apply.

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

Administrator - Entrance Scholarships
University of Otago
PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054
0800 808098


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 August 2020.