Walter & Eliza Hall Opportunity Scholarship

Value

$10,000 per year for up to five years

Eligibility

New students;

Course(s)

Any undergraduate degree

Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be commencing study full-time or part-time in the first year of any undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University in a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • have a physical disability, demonstrated through formal diagnosis and ideally eligibility for a Disability Support Benefit
  • demonstrate financial hardship based on Opportunity and Equity Criteria as assessed by the University
  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • complete the appropriate Application Form and submit by the closing date.
  • provide a statement in support of their application indicating how they believe the scholarship will assist them with their studies and in their future career. This statement should give sufficient explanation of the applicant's background and current circumstances to enable the University to judge their eligibility and merit.

Successful applicants will be selected based on financial need and academic merit (taking into account their current GPA, ATAR results or previous work experience).

Walter & Eliza Hall Charitable Foundation

Since its establishment by Eliza Hall in 1912 with a donation of £1 million, the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust has been helping Australians in need. During that time, many tens of thousands of Australians and their families suffering the effects of poverty have been helped to survive a crisis. Many others have been helped to reach their full potential.

The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust has provided funding to support scholarships for students with a physical disability. The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarships are offered to support students at Western Sydney University with a physical disability. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who have a physical disability are encouraged to apply.

Conditions

The recipient must remain enrolled full-time or part-time in the required course (that is, not less than 20 credit points per semester).

The recipient is expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress by passing all subject attempts and maintaining a Pass average (GPA 4.0 or greater) for the duration of the scholarship.

If any of the specified conditions are not met, the recipient status and continuation of the scholarship will be assessed and determined by the University in consultation with the donor.

Applications and Selection Process

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Scholarships Unit and asked to provide a statement in support of their application indicating how they believe the receipt of the scholarship will assist them with their studies and in their future career. This statement should give a sufficient explanation of the applicant's background and current circumstances to enable the University to judge their eligibility, need and merit.

Successful applicants will be selected based on their written application, academic potential, their ability to meet the criteria and, where appropriate, performance in an interview before a selection panel.

Applications for this scholarship are now open for Autumn 2020. Apply now via our Online Application Portal.