Alexander Leith Bagpipe and Drum Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 December 2022

Length of award

One Year

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

To assist students who have demonstrated an outstanding level of merit in solo performance in either Scottish piping or drumming and all-round academic ability, to attend the University of Otago.

Selection criteria

Applications are open to intending students who are planning to enrol for study in the first year of a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Otago in the year following the closing date, specialising in a music performance paper in Scottish piping or drumming. An additional form for music performance should be submitted to the Music Department.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Each Scholarship recipient must:
• obtain admission to the University.
• Be consulted about the appropriate use by the University of his or her name, image and biographical details in advertising and publicity, for an agreed period of time.
• accede to reasonable requests from the University to participate in interviews and promotional activities.

How do students apply?

Download an Application form and related documents here.
Application Form
Referee report
Scholarship Page

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Payments will be made on receipt of invoice directly to the Fees Office of the University of Otago prior to semester commencement. Payment for the second semester will be subject to a brief statement from the performance tutor that the student has achieved a satisfactory grade to continue study.

Decision makers

The Selection Committee shall include the Head, Department of Music; a person suitably qualified in either Scottish piping or drumming to be nominated by the Head of Department; a representative or nominee of the descendants of the Alexander and Margery Leith family as nominated by the donor or their executors
The panel shall consider the following factors in recommending the award of the scholarships:
• demonstrated musical ability in Scottish piping or drumming
• all-round academic ability
• evidence of engagement or potential to engage with the community

History or background of award

Established by a descendant of Alexander and Margery Leith in 2008.

Additional information

The Alexander Leith Memorial Trust may be held concurrently with other awards. The University of Otago is not obliged to award this scholarship if in any year there is no candidate of sufficient merit, or if a suitable tutor is unavailable. In such circumstances the funds may, at the discretion of the Panel, to the present incumbent.

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 December 2020.