University scholarships: Is your child eligible to apply?

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University scholarships are often associated with high achievement, but did you know there’s many other reasons why a student can receive a scholarship?

Murdoch University has a wide range of scholarships on offer and it’s useful for parents to know about them. If your child wants to go to uni, they may be eligible for support that extends beyond academic achievement to qualify. Find out the different scholarships and eligibility requirements for your Year 12 student.

University scholarships at Murdoch

Murdoch awards $2.5 million per year in scholarships for many reasons, including for:

  • academic achievement
  • living in a regional or remote area
  • financial or personal hardship
  • studying at TAFE
  • being an Indigenous or international student

Support for Murdoch students

Make no mistake, high achievers have an array of options for scholarships. However, there are other programs that recognise the difficulty some students face when attending uni, with scholarships available to support them in a variety of ways. These include:

  • accommodation
  • living expenses
  • childcare
  • transportation
  • university expenses (e.g., textbooks)

Let’s take a closer look at some of the scholarships on offer.

Scholarships for high achievers

The Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship is up to $15,000 in value and is awarded to seven students per year who choose to study in the following areas:

  • Creative Media and Communication
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Information Technology

In addition to financial support, students receive additional benefits like access to internships and mentor opportunities, and become lifelong members of a network for Westpac scholars. 

Regional scholarships

The George Alexander Foundation Scholarship is designed to help young people from remote or rural areas in Australia overcome barriers. The goal is to make it possible to help students achieve their potential and go on to contribute to the Australian community. The scholarship value is $24,000 and is awarded to seven students studying an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

An ATAR of 80 or above is required. The scholarship is to be used for accommodation and living expenses in Perth, and students are encouraged to consider accommodation at Murdoch University Village

The Tertiary Access Payment is a one-time, means-tested payment of $5,000 and is awarded to 100 undergraduate students from any discipline. It’s for students living in outer-regional or remote areas, defined as more than 90 minutes one way by public transport to Murdoch University.

Students must be enrolled in full-time study and their parent(s) or guardian(s) must have a combined income of less than $250,000. 

Financial hardship scholarships

The Ragdoll Scholarship is for students experiencing personal or financial hardship. The scholarship awards up to $16,000 to support students beginning an undergraduate degree in any of the following disciplines: 

  • Business
  • Law and Criminology
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Science
  • Teaching
  • Technology 

The Ragdoll Scholarship helps meet the financial demands of student life. It’s funded by donations and is awarded to ten students who are Australian citizens, permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens. 

These are only a few of the many opportunities for students who would like to study at Murdoch. If you’d like more information about university scholarships available for school leavers, you can search Murdoch’s scholarship page.  
Posted on:

12 Apr 2023

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