There’s not many things better than a scholarship. Maybe your nan’s spag bol, or a celebratory beer after you’ve submitted your final assignment, or maybe when you see a dog on your way to class.
You’ve probably heard it before, the University of Newcastle has loads of scholarships. But some students believe that scholarships are only for the “best of the best”, and the highly competitive nature of scholarship applications has left them shying away from even giving them a go.
For too long scholarships have had this reputation and let me tell you fellow student, it’s just not true. Scholarships are for everyone, even if you didn’t do so well last semester, or if you’re just cruising through your degree and getting good grades. Scholarships are also there for equity, study abroad opportunities, and even just for those who are involved in their communities.
Bachelor of Social Work student and recipient of the Equity Scholarship Scheme University of Newcastle (ESSUN) Shaylie, said that her scholarship gave her validation that the university supports disabled students and their learning experiences.
“It showed me I am supported,” Shaylie said. “The scholarship changed the way I connect with the university, without it I don’t think I would have been able to survive and succeed as well as I have.”
“In terms of financial assistance… I was able to buy the well needed Dragon (voice to text) software that enabled me to write my assignments and notes effectively,” she said. “I was able to pay for transport to and from university to conserve energy, and I was even able to afford sensory management toys for when I needed them on campus.”
“Of course it was also used to buy expensive textbooks and journal articles that I wouldn’t have been able to afford!”
And it’s not just “free money” that comes with a scholarship, it’s the potential to change the whole course of your degree. Scholarship recipients are more dedicated and focused without financial stress, and have peace of mind that their scholarship is there when times get tough.
Some scholarships also offer life-changing experiences, including overseas study and mentorship programs to help give you that “golden resume” when you graduate.
So is there a scholarship for you? Well, UON students scratching their heads while scrolling through the Scholarships page, I’m here to tell you that yes there’s (probably, most likely, almost definitely) a scholarship out there for you. Here’s some that you might be interested in.
But hurry, applications for most Scholarships close on the 6th of March, so keep that in mind while you check out all the great scholarships that UON has to offer. And remember, you never know if you don’t give it a go, so apply today!
- Betty Josephine Fyffe Rural Equity Scholarship $18,000, for rural students who also are affected by personal circumstances.
- Shaping Futures Scholarship $4,000, for students who are managing study alongside extenuating circumstances.
- LGBTQIA+ Shaping Futures Scholarship $4,000, same as the previous scholarship, however for those who identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
- Hunter Water Corporation Disability Scholarship $22,500, first or second year students who are studying with a disability and live in a Hunter Water serviced area.
- Student Residences Scholarship $4,000, for students who live on campus who experience personal circumstances that affect their study.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship up to $40,000, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
- Helen Maslen Scholarship $5,000, established for survivors of domestic violence, empowering them to achieve their education ambitions and independence.
- Friends of the University Margaret Olley Memorial Scholarship $4,000, for students enrolled in a degree within the Faculty of Education and Arts and demonstrate personal impacts to their study.
- Defence Science Technology Scholarships for Women in Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) $40,000, for female students in STEM degrees with an interest in a career in Defence.
- Idemitsu Engineering Scholarship $5,000, for Engineering students who face personal hardships throughout their degree.
- Dr Susan Lim Scholarship in Medicine $7,500, second, third, fourth and fifth year Medicine students who face educational disadvantage.
Once-in-a-lifetime Experience Scholarships
- Australian Government Exchange Scholarships various amounts, for students studying abroad in a number of destinations across the world. See the web page for more details.
- Global Traveller Grant $750-$1000, provided by UON Global for those who express keen interest in Semester Exchange.
- Ma & Morley Scholarship Program for all students wishing to pursue a life-changing experience established by Jack Ma and Ken Morley.
- New Colombo Plan Scholarship $20,000+ for students who wish to study and work in Asia, and create long-lasting ties between Australia and the Indo-Pacific.
Feature image via: University of Newcastle