2020 Scholarships

Criteria

In 2018 the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) launched six scholarships to assist Pacific people into medical and health related careers. The scholarships have all been named after life members of the PMA who have given exemplary service to improving the health of Pacific people in New Zealand and/ or the region. The mentioned scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis as a one-off grant. Scholarship recipients can use this grant for tuition costs or study related costs and may also use some of the grant to contribute to the living cost of the recipient whilst they are studying.

There are 11 different awards in three different categories:

  1. Undergraduate Medical Scholarships for 2020 (4 awards available for students studying at Auckland Medical School and 4 awards available for students studying at Otago Medical School)
  2. Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships for 2020 (2 awards available)
  3. International Study Award (1 award available)

Specific application criteria and details can be found below

Undergraduate Medical Scholarships for 2020

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The Dr Leopino Foliaki Scholarship offers four awards to the value of $5,000 each to indigenous Pacific students who are in their fifth year and studying towards a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Auckland – School of Medicine.

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The Papa’ali’i Dr Semisi Ma’ia’i Scholarship offers four awards to the value of $5,000 each to indigenous Pacific students who are in their fifth year and studying towards a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Otago – School of Medicine.

Tenure

Scholarship will only be awarded once to the successful recipients during the period of undergraduate studies.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be of an indigenous Pacific ethnic group.
  • Be a New Zealand resident – Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Be enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Auckland – School of Medicine, or the University of Otago – School of Medicine.
  • Must be a fifth-year student.
  • Show evidence of existing community leadership or aspire to be a leader in their community.
  • Provide evidence of good standing in the community (2 x reference letters from a non-relative or family acquaintance).
  • Must complete their elective in a Pacific country.

Conditions of Acceptance

  • Be willing to participate in events organised by the PMA.
  • Be agreeable to attend a minimum of 1 x PMA event per year over the course of their studies.
  • Be agreeable to having their photo taken and used for scholarship promotional purposes, communications and PMA reports.
  • Be engaged in the work of the PMA group.
  • Be agreeable to receiving mentorship, cultural and pastoral supervision from a mentor appointed by the PMA.
  • Provide progress updates and report at the end of every academic year.
  • Undertake to advise PMA of any change in your contact details during their period of study.

The scholarship payment will be made of;

  • NZD$5,000 will be paid directly to the nominated bank account once we receive approval for the elective in the Pacific.

Please follow the link below for your online application:

Dr Leopino Foliaki – University of Auckland Scholarship: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5VQMDCX

Papa’ali’i Dr Semisi Ma’ia’i – University of Otago Scholarship: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5VRW3WF

Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships for 2020

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Two scholarship grants of $10,000.00 are available for undergraduate nursing students enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing or direct entry Master of Nursing (undergraduate) Programme in 2020.  The Violani “Ilolahia Wills Scholarship and the Christina Atoa Tapu Scholarship will be awarded to an indigenous Pacific nursing student undertaking their nursing studies at an approved NZQA accredited tertiary provider in New Zealand. Applications will be considered from students who already receive other scholarship grants not exceeding $5,000.00 per annum.

Tenure

Scholarship will only be awarded once to the successful recipients during the period of undergraduate nursing studies.

Eligibility Criteria 

To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:

  • Be of an indigenous Pacific ethnic group.
  • Be a New Zealand resident – Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Be enrolled in the current year in a Bachelor of Nursing or direct entry Master of Nursing programme in New Zealand.
  • Be engaged and connected with their Pacific nursing community and /or community.
  • Show evidence of existing community leadership or aspire to be a leader in their community or nursing fraternity.
  • Provide evidence of good standing in the community (2 x reference letters from a non-relative or family acquaintance).

Conditions of Acceptance

  • Be willing to participate in events organised by the PMA.
  • Be willing to attend a minimum of 1 x PMA event per year over the course of their student years.
  • Be agreeable to having their photo taken and used for scholarship promotional purposes, communications and PMA reports.
  • Be engaged in the work of the PMA group.
  • Recipients must undertake to enroll continuously in their programme of study (except in cases where there are compelling medical reasons or adverse personal circumstances beyond the recipient’s control).
  • Be agreeable to receiving mentorship, cultural and pastoral supervision from a mentor appointed by the PMA.
  • Provide progress updates and report at the end of every academic year.
  • Undertake to advise PMA of any change in their contact details during your period of study.

Please follow the link below for your online application:

Violani ‘Ilolahia Wills and Christina Atoa Tapu Scholarships: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/57NPXBW

International Study Award

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The Sir Terepai Tuamure Maoate International Study Award will be awarded to an indigenous Pacific-based Doctor or Nurse to undertake a course of study at an international institution.

Tenure

Scholarship will only be awarded once to the successful recipient upon receiving the acceptance letter from the institution.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be of an indigenous Pacific ethnic group.
  • Be a Pacific resident – Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Be enrolled and accepted into an international course.
  • Provide evidence of good standing in the community (2 x reference letters from a non-relative or family acquaintance).

Conditions of Acceptance

  • Be willing to participate in events organised by the PMA.
  • Be willing to attend a minimum of 1 x PMA event per year over the course of their studies.
  • Be agreeable to having their photo taken and used for scholarship promotional purposes, communications and PMA reports.
  • Be engaged in the work of the PMA group.
  • Be agreeable to receiving mentorship, cultural and pastoral supervision from a mentor appointed by the PMA.
  • Provide progress updates and report at the end of every academic year.
  • Undertake to advise PMA of any change in your contact details during their period of study.

The scholarship payment will be made of;

  • NZD$20,000.00, PMA will pay directly to the International institution, should there be a remaining balance this will be transferred directly to the account of the recipient.

Please follow the link below for your online application:

Sir Terepai Tuamure Maoate International Study Award: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/587NLJH

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