Walter & Eliza Hall Opportunity Scholarship

Value

$10,000 per year for up to five years

Eligibility

New and continuing 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

The Walter and Eliza Hall Charitable Foundation provides funding to support a number of health initiatives including medical research into the cause/cure of Multiple Sclerosis; major supporter of an indigenous ear health program operating in the Orana region ofNSW; emergency relief program for those with physical and mental health issues and tertiary scholarships offered through 12 partnering universities. The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship for a Student with a Physical Disability aims to ensure that a student with a diagnosed physical disability and the absence of money does not stand in the way of that person's ability to achieve their maximum potential during their tertiary education. A student must have a level of severity of permanent physical disability/impairment which seriously impacts their ability to function.

Since its establishment by Eliza Hall in 1912 with a donation of £1,000,000, 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 assisted in surviving a crisis. Many others have been helped to reach their full potential.

In response to the growing demand for assistance from families and individuals, the Trustees set up The Walter and Eliza Hall Supplementary Trust in 1986 and since then this supplementary trust has been, and continues to be, supported regularly by some generous benefactors, including The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and The Hudson-Lennox Fund.

The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarships at Western Sydney University are funded through a generous bequest from the late Judy Lennox. She herself had a severe physical disability but her parents were determined to ensure she had access to education, the opportunity to travel and was able to obtain her driver's license to allow her to live as independently as possible. While she was well provided for, Judy understood that this was often not the case for people with a disability.

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 closed.