A message from University of Otago:
Re: Changes to the University of Otago Entrance Scholarships application process
As you may be aware, the process for applying for University of Otago Entrance Scholarships for 2020 is changing.
Why has this changed?
You may remember that in the past, applicants were instructed to tick the boxes for the entrance scholarships they wished to apply for. This often mistakenly led to some students not realising that they were able to apply for more than one scholarship at the same time, or not realising that they may have been better suited for a different scholarship than the one they applied for.
This often meant that some exceptional candidates missed out on being awarded certain scholarships.
What has changed?
This year, students will no longer select the specific scholarship they wish to apply for by ticking a box. Instead they will answer a series of questions that will filter down to the best scholarship fit for the most amount of money, based on the information that they provide and that has been compiled during the application assessment process.
Students will be asked if they wish to be considered for scholarships with specific attributes that form the key selection criteria and further questions and/or examples/statements on subjects such as:
· leadership experience and potential (inside and outside of the school environment)
· extracurricular activities
· sport or cultural activities
· taha Māori or indigenous Pacific Island community involvement
· financial and family circumstances etc.
What hasn’t changed?
The scholarships on offer this year are the same as those offered last year.
All applications are completed via eVision and students are required to go through the first few steps of enrolment at the University of Otago before the ‘Apply Now’ button is visible. This includes selecting an undergraduate programme of study.
We are aware that there are students who are not sure as to what subject they wish to study. As long as it’s a valid undergraduate programme (i.e. not a Diploma/Certificate/Honours programme), they can select any programme to get the application underway and change their course at a later date.
What do students need to prepare for their application?
We are in the process of updating the webpages and hope to have this completed asap. The ‘Scholarship application preparation’ webpage will be the ‘go-to’ for information on what students will need to prepare.
Screenshots of the application process will be added to the ‘Apply for an entrance scholarship’ webpage for further information as to how to complete the application. As always, we would recommend that students read the information available on the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page as well.