Financial Support


The Foundation for Knox College and Salmond College offers entrance awards to promising young students who, without financial assistance, would not be able to experience the unique educational environment that Knox College provides.


The Foundation gifts approximately $20,000 worth of accommodation awards to Knox residents each year. The awards range in value from $1,000 to $4,000.

From 1 July to 30 September, applications are invited for accommodation awards to attend Knox College the following year.

Find out more by visiting the website below.

David Galloway Memorial Scholarship

David Galloway was an internationally acclaimed scientist in the field of lichenology, and a former resident and Fellow of Knox College. This scholarship was established in his memory by his dear wife, Patricia Payne, herself a much-loved College Fellow, and a College benefactor, Richard de Long, in 2019. The Scholarship is worth $1000. It is available to support a Knox resident (usually a returner) in the fields of Science and/or the Arts in the first instance, or failing a suitable applicant being found in either of those disciplines, the Scholarship may be awarded to support a student in another course of study. Applications close 5pm 25 September. For more information about the Scholarship and how to apply, contact the Head of Knox College: 

Paterson Scholarship

Named after Alexander Paterson, a successful Dunedin businessman and benefactor in the early 20th century, the Paterson Scholarship, amounting to a $1000 discount on a resident's annual accommodation fees, is available to a University student who will be in their second or third year of residence at Knox College, has a superior University academic record and has made a significant contribution to College life. Applications close 5pm 25 September. Contact the Head of College for further details: 

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 at the Head of College's discretion to a resident who is studying organ performance.

"Sons of the Manse" 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. Funds collected from 1929-32 by the Reverend William McDonald while Minister of Epsom Presbyterian Church form the base of this scholarship. Applications close 5pm 25 September. Contact the Head of College for more information:

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 50% of the accommodation fees per annum for up to two years, with a possible extension of one year after that. 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. Applications close 5pm 25 September. Enquiries should be directed to the Head of Knox College:

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.

Hardship Grants

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 arising from unforeseen circumstances whilst in residence. For more information contact the Head of College:

Mackay Gift

Named after Dr Norman Reay Mackay, a Specialist Physician and a resident of Knox College 1919-1923 while studying medicine. The scholarship amount is determined annually for a returning student studying medicine at Otago University and is a discount on a resident's annual accommodation fees. Applications close 5pm 25 September. Contact the Head of College for further details: