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, University of Newcastle 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 28th of February, so keep that in mind while you check out all the great scholarships that our University 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 $10,000 per year, 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.
- Shaping Futures Postgraduate Scholarship – $4000, for postgraduate students who are managing study alongside extenuating circumstances.
- 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.
- BMG Music Industry Scholarships – $15,000 & $8000, available to Creative Industry and Law students to work at BMG.
- Andrew Brown Sports Scholarship $4000, for students who are in a University of Newcastle sporting team and experiencing financial hardship.
- Meg Purser Communication Scholarship $5,000, for women studying second year Communications.
- 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.
- CSIRO Women in Energy Industry Placement Scholarship $40,000 for women studying Engineering.
Once-in-a-lifetime Experience Scholarships
- Ma & Morley Scholarship Program for all students wishing to pursue a life-changing experience established by Jack Ma and Ken Morley.
Feature image via: University of Newcastle