Otago Polytechnic Scholarships


Otago Polytechnic and Otago Hockey have announced a sponsorship and scholarship agreement that supports students’ academic and sporting aspirations, while also providing a significant boost to the code in the region. Two new scholarships will be awarded each year for the next three years.

The scholarships, which will be offered to two talented hockey players, cover a maximum of three years study, depending on the specific programme.

Scholarship applications are now open. They close on 31 July and will take effect from the beginning of 2020.

The scholarships are performance-based: recipients must meet the entry criteria for their programme of study and are required to pass 70% of their programme each year; they are also required to consistently perform at a high (representative) sporting level.

“Sports scholarships like these allow hockey to present the option of study to young up-and-coming athletes from around Otago and New Zealand,” says Megan Gibbons, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Learner Experience, Otago Polytechnic.

“This has to be good for both our local and regional sport and the education providers in the city.

“It is evident from the recent naming of eight Southern players in the New Zealand under-21 men’s hockey squad that we have excellent pathways to high performance right here in Dunedin.”

Otago Hockey General Manager Andy McLean says the initiative is exciting news for young hockey players throughout New Zealand.

“Dunedin is a fantastic place to combine tertiary education and sporting ambition.

“The hockey turf is adjacent to Otago Polytechnic’s Student Village, Te Pā Tauira, and Otago Polytechnic’s campus is just across the road. And High Performance Sport New Zealand is just around the corner at the stadium. It is pretty special,” McLean says.

“Otago Hockey is a close-knit community. Current New Zealand Under-18 coach Hymie Gill is our Pathway Manager and Dunedin is one of six locations proposed to host a High-Performance Centre.

“We are building a fantastic environment for assisting athletes to realise their goals,” McLean says.

“Applications for the scholarships are now open and will close at the end of July, following the New Zealand under-18 hockey tournament, which is being held in Wellington,” McLean says.

“We are looking for well-rounded, hard-working individuals who will add significant value – on and off the hockey turf.”

Otago Polytechnic has also agreed to be a significant brand partner of Otago Hockey.

As a result, Otago Polytechnic has secured naming rights to the playing turf closest to the pavilion at Harbour Terrace. Otago Hockey now features Otago Polytechnic branding on its signage, vehicles and representative team uniforms.

Application Form

Please complete application form AND send a CV and cover letter to Andy McLean at manager@oha.org.nz. This is also the contact for any questions.

Applications are open now and will close on 31 July. Discussions with applicants could start on application.

Further information 


Otago Polytechnic Hall - Next to Otago Hockey Turfs


1. This scholarship is for a maximum of three years and can be for any Otago Polytechnic programme.

2. The scholarship awardee must meet the entry requirements for their chosen programme.

3. These scholarships are performance-based. Recipients must pass 75% of their programme per year, and perform on the field. Failure with either of these means the scholarship does not continue.

4. It is expected that the awardee would pay the tuition fee at the beginning of the academic year (student loan) and reimbursement would be at the end of the academic year (on condition they have met the 70% pass standard).

5. If the awardee is eligible for Fees Free, then the scholarship can be used for either: a. $4,000 towards accommodation costs for use in our Student Village (Te Pā Tauira) or b. $2,000 towards course-related costs.

6. In addition, if the awardee is eligible for Fees Free but their programme of study is up to three years, then the awardee can use their scholarship towards accommodation or course-related costs during their first year (as outlined in condition 5) and then use the scholarship to cover their fees for year two and year three (in alignment with conditions 3 and 4).


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