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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Accommodation Scholarship

About this scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2018 to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are living away from their home and community. The scholarship covers the cost of accommodation, so you can concentrate on your studies and make the most of the university experience. As part of this scholarship students will be invited to demonstrate their knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by running 2 sessions (1 per semester) as part of the Residential Life program of the ACU Living and Learning Community.

 

Scholarship type

Equity
 

Value

The scholarship will cover the full cost of rent and application fee for the minimum duration of the recipient’s course. This does not include cleaning fees, damage or replacement of key/cards
 
There are eight scholarships available, which will be distributed between campuses as below:
2 x Brisbane
2 x Sydney
2 x Melbourne
1 x Ballarat
1 x Canberra

 

Student type

Future Students or Current Students
 

Eligibility

Students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply for this scholarship:
  • Citizenship: Australian
  • Target group: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Faculty: any
  • Course: any ACU undergraduate degree
  • Campus: any
  • Required study load: full-time
  • Financial hardship
  • Contribution to, and/or leadership in, community service
 

Application process

Please provide the following as part of the application:
  • A written statement of approximately 300 words outlining:
    • Why have you chosen to undertake your degree?
    • How do you engage with the Indigenous community and how does this reflect the mission and values of ACU?
    • How will obtaining your degree allow you to give back to the Indigenous community?
  • Evidence of your contribution to and/or leadership in community service.
 

Selection criteria

Applications are assessed based on the strength of the following criteria:
  • Written statement
  • Leadership
  • Community service
 

Selection process

Recipients will be selected by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the First Peoples and Equity Pathways Directorate.
 

Ongoing requirements

To remain eligible for scholarship payments, recipients are required to maintain the following:
  • A full-time study load
 
 

Other

Recipients will be encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by running two sessions (one per each semester) as part of the Residential Life program of the ACU Living and Learning Community Engagement with, and support of, the Indigenous Higher Education Units’ activities.