Scholarship Information - 2021
All universities have scholarships for you to apply for. How and when you apply is the difference.
- Most scholarships are advertised on each university website or UAC.
- They have varying closing dates from September to February each year.
- Some scholarships are automatically offered to you if you meet the benchmark and others need an application form.
- Scholarships are offered for a variety of reasons and not as most people think for academic achievement. Some offered could be:
- You are a descendant of an ANZAC from WW1 or WW2.
- You receive Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy.
- Subject / area chosen
- Positive Discrimination e.g. Female in Engineering or disadvantage background etc.
- Elite athlete
- Leadership (demonstrated)
- Opportunity Scholarships
- International exchange scholarships (student wishing to study overseas during their course.
- Scholarships are also offered at varies times throughout your university life from First year to 4th year and for postgraduate study. So if you miss out on one in your first year keep your options open and watch the scholarship section of your university for further opportunities.
- Often you can apply and receive multiple scholarships
- Scholarships have varying amounts offered from $500 to $20,000. Some are a one of payment and some are each year for the length of your course.
How does a scholarship financially help me at university?
There are a variety of ways to use your scholarship funds and they are to be used at your discretion. Mainly they are used to pay fees, text books, ongoing uni costs, Course / HECS fees etc. Some students also use theirs to support living cost so they do not need to work. Depending on the amount of the scholarship depends what you can afford to do with it.
Before you get to the application stage of applying for a scholarship, you should understand the process involved in the application process for scholarships.
What makes a good scholarship application ?
Applications are made up of a number of sections. Most have: a personal statement section; supporting documents; and an area that addresses the criteria of the scholarship e.g. Leadership or community involvement.
Personal statements should:
- Know your audience: make sure your application is addressed to the correct audience.
- The applicant should highlight their individuality. It should show your interest areas and if possible your personality
- Be concise and use correct spelling and grammar.
- This is a formal document so you should not use: ‘text’ language; smiley faces or any other informal communication.
- Be precise in your language and remember punctuation. Someone has to read this and if they have to work at understanding your points they may miss the point you are trying to make. It is better to say more things concisely than one or two in a protracted way. Avoid verbosity. Remember that these statements have a word limit.
- Your ideas need to be demonstrable. Use specific examples of roles and activities from school and in the community.
- List achievements in order of significance and currency, not chronologically.
- Try to show yourself as a well-rounded person. The more variety of activities and roles you have demonstrated the better.
- If you have worked during your senior years you should include this, including part time / casual / volunteer work. Purely academic applications or not what they are looking for they are looking for the ‘extras.’
- Use colorful expressive language and remember to be engaging. You want the responder to enjoy reading your application.
- Write about: family life; extra curricula activities; obstacles you have encountered and how you overcame or are overcoming them. Keep it positive.
- State how experiences have affected your views and goals.
- Write about how the qualities and experiences that you have had that make you stand out from others.
- Show how you have been proactive in your achievements and goals outside of school.
- Demonstrate your initiative by describing specific examples and roles.
- Letters of recommendation from anyone who can back up what you have said in your application especially from: school; employers; mentors; coaches; and community leaders.
- Provide documents/uploads as requested in the criteria of the application. You should only include certificates and awards that support what you have said in your application. Putting every award and certificate you ever received is not appropriate.
- Evidence of co-curricular activities – including: newspaper articles; work experience documents; public speaking awards; and certificates of attendance.
- In choosing university course preferences put the university that you want to attend as one of your first few preferences. Universities do know what your preferences are when you apply for scholarships.
- Make sure you are aware, and adhere to, the deadline for application submission.
- Do not start your application a few days or the night before the due date. Remember you cannot expect referees or school personnel to complete your letter of recommendation in a day or two. Adequate notice must be given.
- Do not expect school personnel to complete your application during school holidays.
- Make sure you read and correct your application – spelling mistakes, grammatical mistakes and informaility will work against you.
- Ensure your personal statements match the university you are applying for. Nothing worse than submitting the same personal statement to multiple universities and not editing it correctly and leaving information about another university in the statement.
- Contact the university if you have questions they would prefer you to ask rather than you missing out on the scholarship because you didn’t ask.
- Apply for as many scholarships as possible as many students think they will not get it and do not apply or think they are entitled to apply for one only. There is no limit to the number that can be applied for or the amount of money you can receive. During your university studies every dollar will count.
- Attend school talks, university open days, contact the university, check out every website you can to get hints and advice for example: http://www.careeradvicensw.com/scholarships-2/
- Need more information or have questions? – See Mrs. Fisher in her office (if not there leave message in her inbox), send a question by email: email@example.com or send a message through SENTRAL.