Open Polytechnic Students Disability Study Award

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What does the scholarship get me?

Up to $1,000.00

Closing dates for applications

Next: 30 June 2022

30 Jun 2020

Length of award

One year. Previous Disability Award recipients, past and current Shona Butterfield Scholarship recipients and students receiving Open Polytechnic financial assistance are ineligible.

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

The Students with Disability Study Awards, worth up to $1000 each, are to encourage and support Open Polytechnic students towards completing a qualification.

Selection criteria

Applicants must:
- be currently enrolled at Open Polytechnic.
- have successfully completed a Level 3 certificate, or at least 3 courses at Level 4 or above.
- provide evidence of your disability.
- be citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.
- agree to the Terms and Conditions in this application form.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Successful candidates must meet all course/programme requirements and comply with Open Polytechnic's general academic regulations where applicable.

How do students apply?

For more information or to apply please contact the Learning Centre by email, or phone 0508 650 200 extension 5052.
Application form is available from the Open Polytechnic website.
Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Applicants will be notified by 31 July.

Decision makers

Open Polytechnic selection panel.

History or background of award

We are New Zealand's specialist provider of open and distance learning at tertiary level and the only nationally focused polytechnic.

Additional information

Please provide evidence of your disability, for example, a health professional report. (Evidence is not required if you have sent this to us previously). Attach to the application form.

Financial Need
On a separate sheet of paper briefly describe how this Study Award will assist you financially. Attach to this application form.

Provide the names of two referees who could be contacted by the Study Award Selection Panel to support your application and comment on your personal qualities. Referees cannot be family members, but could be a:
- tutor or lecturer
- minister or community leader
- employer or supervisor.

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

The Learning Centre Te Wahanga Whakapakari Ako
Open Polytechnic of NZ
Private Bag 31914, Lower Hutt 5040, New Zealand
0508 650 200 ext 5052


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 July 2020.