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Prizes and Scholarships

Dean's Medal


The Dean's Medal is awarded annually to a graduand of the BOptom programme who has made an outstanding contribution to the academic development of the faculty during their time as a student.

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First in Course Awards


The First in Course Awards recognise the student(s) whose academic performance identifies them as having achieved the highest final mark in a particular taught course for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or diploma.

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New Zealand Association of Optometrists (NZAO) Awards


From 1992 undergraduate scholarships known as the New Zealand Association of Optometrists Undergraduate Awards will be awarded annually to students enrolled for the Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom) programme and ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

  1. One award of $1,000 to be presented to the top student entering BOptom Part II with the highest aggregate mark in the previous year and who is NOT repeating the previous year.
  2. Two awards of $1,000 each to be presented to students entering BOptom Part III. Awarded to the student gaining the highest aggregate mark in the previous year and the student showing the most improvement in the previous year and who are NOT repeating the previous year.
  3. Three awards of $1,000 each to be presented to three students entering BOptom Part IV. Awarded to the two students gaining the highest aggregate mark in the previous year and the student showing the most improvement in the previous year and who are NOT repeating the previous year.
  4. One award of $1,000 to be presented to a Māori or Pacific Island student entering BOptom Part 1. In the event of more than one eligible Māori/Pacific Island student entering BOptom Part 1, the award will go to the student gaining the highest GPA in the previous year. In the absence of an eligible Māori/Pacific Island student entering BOptom Part 1, no award will be made.
  5. The Peg Wood Award is awarded to the student who obtains the highest combined grade in the course OPTOM 441 Clinical Optometry, of the Bachelor of Optometry Programme.  The value of the award is $500.

No applications for the above awards are necessary.

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New Zealand College of Optometrists (NZCO) Prize


Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time students achieving the highest marks for their presentations in OPTOM 570.  The Prizes will be:  First Prize of $100 for each member of the winning group and Second Prize of $50 for each member of the second group.

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Raymond Harry Hawkins Prize


This Prize is awarded to the student producing the best project in Course OPTOM 570 Research in Advanced Optometric Science to the value of $500.

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Senior Scholar


The University Council, on recommendation of the Head of optometry and Vision Science, awards a Scholarship to the value of $500 to a student based on the results of the candidates work in Part V, being not less than Grade A- quality.

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Step Up Scholarships


Secondary school students are encouraged to explore the opportunity of Scholarships such as the Step Up Scholarships for Science and Technology-based qualifications. Such Scholarlships are notified from time to time by the government.

For information about Scholarships that might be available, please contact Studylink.

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Further information


Please contact us or visit the University Scholarships Office for further information.

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Summer Research Scholarships


New Zealand Optometric Vision Research Foundation (NZOVRF) Summer Scholarship

The Foundation is a chartiable trust with the objective of supporting research, and thereby graduate student, in Optometry and Visual Science.  This scholarship is to the value of $5,000.

 

Paul Dunlop Memorial Research Scholarship

The NZAO established a scholarship in recognition of Paul Dunlop's dedication to the advancement of Optometry and Vision Science Education and Research in New Zealand.  This scholarship is to the value of $5,000.

 

Faculty Summer Research Scholarships

These scholarships provide an opportunity for students to experience a 10-week period of research during their undergraduate study.  The scholarships are awarded to the value of $5,500.

 

Department Summer Research Scholarships

The department offers a limited number of 5-week Summer Research Scholarships to the value of $2,500.  These are awarded depending on suitability of the chosen research subject.

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Westfund Health Externship Scholarships in Optometry


The scholarship was eastablished in 2014 and is funded by Westfund Health Australia and administered internally through Optometry and Vision Science.

 

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to provide travel, accommodation and expenses for up to two selected students in the BOptom programme at the University of Auckland while they participate in an externship provided by Westfund Health, Australia.

 

The closing date for applications is 31 march of the year in which the externship is to be undertaken.  Applications should be emailed to manager-optometry@auckland.ac.nz

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