150th Entrance Scholarships (including Ralph & Eve Seelye Academic Excellence)

Related scholarships

On this page

What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 15 August 2022

15 Aug 2019

Length of award

One year.

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

These scholarships provide for students who have demonstrated academic ability and who can show significant financial need or have life circumstances that present barriers to studying at university.

Selection criteria

Application for all Entrance Scholarships are normally open to students who meet the requirements of 1.1 OR 1.2, AND 2. Those who fit within 3 are ineligible.
1.1 Are New Zealand citizens, New Zealand permanent residents, Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents with domestic fee status;
1.2 International students who have completed Year 12 and have completed or are in the process of completing Year 13 at a New Zealand school, or an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution.
2 Are intending to enrol or have enrolled for the first time for first-year (100-level papers) full-time degree-level, undergraduate study at the University of Otago.

3 Those who have studied more than 0.4 EFTs at any University or tertiary institution at degree-level or higher are not normally eligible.

Specific eligibility criteria for this Scholarship
In addition to the above eligibility criteria, applicants must have:
Significant financial need or life circumstances which present barriers to studying at university.
Achieved NCEA Level 2 endorsed with merit, or equivalent.

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.
For more information on the application process, as well as step-by-step instructions, please visit the apply for an entrance scholarship webpage.

Decision makers

The Selection Panel is consisting of the Head of Schools' Liaison in the chair, the Manager, Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships and the Director of Development and Alumni Relations, or their nominees

History or background of award

The University of Otago 150th Entrance Scholarship was renamed (previously the University of Otago Alumni Entrance Scholarship) to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary in 2019.

Additional information

Standard value of $6,000 for one year (exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value and a longer tenure, and may be offered the Ralph & Eve Seelye Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship at a higher value of over $34,000 over three years).

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 August 2020.