Hill Trust Scholarship

Scholarship Type:  Equity
Scholarship Group:  B


  • $6,000 per year for up to four years*
    *full-time, or part-time equivalent

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:



  • new or continuing student


  • any undergraduate degree


Dorothea Roma Hill

Dorothea Roma Hill was born in Lakemba in 1925, the daughter of English migrants George Frederick and Ada (née Sugden) Hill who came to Australia in the aftermath of World War I.

Lacking either the finance or opportunity for university education, Roma trained for office work. She forged a living for herself as a secretary in what was then one of Australia’s great companies, James Hardie Pty Ltd. She rose to the position of Executive Assistant to the Managing Director, John Reid. When he retired, so did she.

While her last years were plagued by illness, her character still touched those around her, including (as those at her funeral in 2011 can attest) several of the nurses who cared for her at Elizabeth Lodge. Her family remember her as a gracious person, with never a bad word to say about anyone.

Roma set up the Hill Trust Scholarship to help commencing students at the Western Sydney University. Herself deprived by the circumstances of life, Roma’s bequest will now continue, generation after generation, to help an institution committed to giving all residents of Western Sydney the equitable chance at higher education she herself did not enjoy.

Application and Selection Process

Applications are to be submitted through the Universities Admissions Centre. Shortlisted applicants, as determined by the UAC Equity Ranking, may be required to make a written submission in support of their application.

Further information and how to apply can be found on our Equity Scholarship page.

Continuing Eligibility Criteria

  • Recipients must remain enrolled at Western.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 4.