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James Henry Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 31 March 2023

Length of award

3 years.Additional scholarships may be awarded and the tenure of the existing scholarships may be extended, and the annual value of existing or new scholarships may be increased at the discretion of the Council while funds allow.

Number of awards offered

Three or more scholarships shall be offered annually if funds allow.

Purpose of award

In his will Mr Henry directed that the income of the residue of his estate should be accumulated by the Public Trustee for 20 years from the date of his death and that thereafter one-third of the income should be applied towards scholarships tenable at the University of Otago.

Selection criteria

Open to candidates enrolled in an Arts, Science, Medicine, or Law programme, and whose homes are in the Southland District.

Awards are made on the basis of the academic results from a student's Year 13 of secondary school.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The successful candidate must attend classes at the University of Otago and during each year of tenure of the scholarship shall pursue a full-time course of study leading to a degreein Arts, Science, Medicine, or Law.

How do students apply?

Applications for the scholarships must be made on the appropriate form not later than 31 March in any year. Nominations made by the Scholarships Office and approved by the Scholarships Committee.
Application Form
Scholarship Page

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Arrangements for payment of the scholarship money shall be at the discretion of the University. No payment shall be made unless the scholar is making satisfactory progress. In the event of the work of a scholar being unsatisfactory, the Council of the University may withdraw the scholarship.

Decision makers

The scholarships are awarded by the Council of the University of Otago. The scholarships shall normally be awarded on the basis of the academic results from a student’s Year 13 of secondary school.

History or background of award

The Scholarships were established by a bequest from the late Rev. James Henry, MA (Aberdeen, 1866), who was born at Foveran, Aberdeenshire, on 26 March 1846. Mr Henry arrived in New Zealand in 1873 and was Presbyterian minister of the Matuarua parish from 1874 to 1884, and of the Lauder parish from 1884 to 1891, when he resigned from the ministry. He lived for some time in Waikawa and from 1898 until 1917 in Invercargill, where he tutored pupils in ancient and modern languages and mathematics. He died in Sydney on 14 December 1919.

Additional information

First preference will be given to candidates whose homes are in the survey districts of Wyndham, Toetoes, or Waikawa and, amongst those candidates, bearing the surname Henry, Hendry, or Beverly; provided that, in the case of any candidate whose home is in the said survey districts and who is applying on the basis of results other than NCEA Level 3 or equivalent, the Senate is satisfied that there is a reasonable prospect that the candidate will be able to fulfil the requirements for the degree for which he or she wishes to study at the University, that the candidate shows an aptitude or desire for pursuing such study, and that the award of a scholarship will be advisable and in the interests of the candidate.

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

Melanie Adams
Scholarships Administrator
University of Otago
PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054
(03) 479 5291


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 March 2022.