Hill Trust Scholarship


$6,000 per year for the duration of the degree


New students or continuing students


Any undergraduate degree


Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • receive an offer to study an undergraduate program at the University or, in the case of current students, be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree.
  • demonstrate financial or other hardship, based on the Opportunity and Equity criteria(opens in a new window) and also including students who are the first in their family to attend university

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

Applicants must 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 open until 13 February 2022.

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