Fellowships and Scholarships

The Foundation for Knox College and Salmond College Scholarships

From 1 August, the Foundation for Knox College and Salmond College invites applications for scholarships to attend either Knox College or Salmond College in 2018.

Each College is offering a number of scholarships. Each scholarship is worth $4,000 towards the cost of accommodation fees. There is an expectation that scholarship recipients will be actively involved in the life of their respective College.

1. Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or New Zealand permanent residents, or have completed Year 12 and have completed or are in the process of completing Year 13 at a New Zealand school,
  • be intending to enrol for full-time study at the University of Otago for the first time in 2018,
  • have at least NCEA Level 2 with a merit commendation or equivalent,
  • submit an 'Application for a Residential College' through the University of Otago's Student Accommodation Centre, and put either Knox College or Salmond College as their first preference.

2. Application Process

If you want to apply for one of the Knox College scholarships you must:

  • Submit a letter/email of application to the Master of Knox College (master@knoxcollege.ac.nz) by midnight on 30 September 2017, saying why you are applying for this scholarship, and providing details of activities in which you have taken responsibility, shown leadership, or contributed to your community.
  • Arrange for a reference from a senior person in your school (e.g. Principal, Assistant Principal, Year 13 Dean).
  • Attach to your application your most recent results in NCEA or equivalent .

3. Selection Process

A Selection Committee comprising the Master of Knox College and Trustees from the Foundation of Knox College and Salmond College, shall consider the following factors in awarding the scholarships:

  • Academic ability
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Sporting and/or cultural involvement
  • Contribution to the community.
  • Financial need

4. Tenure

  • The scholarship will be for the first year of full-time study at the University of Otago and must be taken up in 2018.
  • The scholarship may be held concurrently with other University of Otago scholarships.

5. Other Requirements

Each scholarship recipient must:

  • Obtain entrance to the University of Otago
  • Agree to reasonable requests from Knox College to appropriately represent the College and the scholarship.

Choral Scholarships

The College offers a number of Choral Scholarships to students, either undergraduate or graduate, who are resident members of Knox College and committed to membership of the Knox College Chapel Choir. Supernumerary Choral Scholarships are sometimes also available for former residents of the College.

Sons of the Manse Scholarship

Funds collected from 1929-32 by the Reverend William McDonald while Minister of Epsom Presbyterian Church form the base of this scholarship. Members of the College who are the son or daughter of a Minister or Missionary and are studying for a profession other than service in the Church are able to apply for the Sons of the Manse Scholarship.

Fleming Galway Organ Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2003 through the generosity of Dr Hugh Fleming, a former resident of the College. The scholarship is named after Dr Fleming and his father-in-law, Professor Victor Galway, first Professor of Music at the University of Otago and a noted organist. The Scholarship is awarded each year to a resident who is studying organ performance.

Fleming Galway Organ Fellowship

As with the Fleming Galway Organ Scholarship, the Fleming Galway Organ Fellowship was established in 2003 by Dr Fleming. The Fellowship is awarded each year to an organist who will encourage and assist the musical life of the College through performing recitals and offering tuition to those interested in playing the organ, as well as playing the organ at the College's Chapel services.

Paterson Scholarship

Named after Alexander Stronach Paterson, a successful Dunedin businessman and benefactor in the early 20th century, the Paterson Scholarship, amounting to a $3,000 discount on a resident's annual accommodation fees, is available to a University student who will be in his or her third year of residence, has a superior University academic record and has made a significant contribution to College life during the previous two years. Contact the Master for further details.

The Ross Fellowship

The Ross Fellowship was established in 1920 and was the first fellowship to be offered at the University of Otago. It derives its name from two of the College's principal benefactors, Sir John and Lady Ross. It is currently worth $7,500 per annum for up to two years. The Ross Fellow must reside in the College and meet usual accommodation costs. Candidates for the Fellowship shall be graduates of a New Zealand University, but other things being equal preference will be given to graduates of the University of Otago. Candidates shall, before taking up the Fellowship, have obtained, as a minimum qualification, Honours (or equivalent) in their chosen Degree. Enquiries should be directed to the Master of Knox College: master@knoxcollege.ac.nz 

Applications close for the 2018 academic year on 15 November 2017.

The Elman Poole Centennial Fellowship

The Elman Poole Fellowship was established in 2008 through the generosity of Dr Elman Poole, a former resident of the College (Knox 1944-47). It is awarded to a postgraduate students, with preference given to applicants who have completed a degree in music at Honours level. The tenure of the Fellowship is two years. The award provides accommodation in the College's Ryburn Wing and makes provision for the holder to travel overseas as part of his or her research.

Financial Support

Knox College strives to ensure that none of its residents will fail through having to leave on account of hardship. The generosity of past benefactors, particularly Lady Ross and Dr Raey Mackay, enables Knox College to assist those residents who experience genuine hardship. For more information contact the Master: master@knoxcollege.ac.nz