University Scholarships


If you are currently applying for TAFE or University courses, make sure you thoroughly research your scholarship options.  Besides applying for scholarships through VTAC , make sure you search the myfuture website for scholarships.

1)             Log onto

2)            Choose the “Change Direction” Tab

3)            Select:  “What scholarships and financial support exists”

4)            Now select “Awards and Scholarships” search Engine

5)            Use the search engine to find scholarships you may be eligible for.

It is a very busy time of year for year 12 students, but try and make time to find and apply for scholarships- also be aware of closing dates and methods of application.


Many scholarships are available. Good research starting points are University websites (eg and the VTAC website. Some scholarships have their own VTAC course Code (eg Swinburne Dean’s Scholarships;  Monash Accounting,  Monash Science Scholars, Deakin Business Scholars Program,  Deakin Science and Technology Dean’s Scholars Program – covers a range of study areas, University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholars Program,  see

Many universities print booklets on their scholarships.  Some are in the Careers Room.

You need to look out for opportunities. They can save you a lot of money…

Bendigo Bank – Scholarship Snapshot:

Please ensure you review all information provided on the website before you consider applying.

Overview The Scholarship aims to assist academically outstanding but disadvantaged students, from a rural or regional area, who have been offered a full-time place at an Australian university or college for the first time.

Scholarship type Need based, Merit based.  Year of study:  First year undergraduate.

Intention of Scholarship Accommodation costs and/or other expenses directly related to the study of successful applicant.   Award value is  $5,000 (per annum)

To be eligible, the following criteria must be met:

• Australian citizen or permanent resident from a rural or regional location.

• first year undergraduate in 2014 (first attendance at an Australian university)

• studying full-time in 2014 (all study must take place in Australia)

• graduated from secondary school in either 2013 or in 2012 (gap year)

• demonstration of the disadvantage (economic and/or social) preventing further study

• outstanding academic achievement and community involvement

Nationality Australian citizen or permanent resident

How to apply.   Please visit  for more information.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Scholarships:

Five scholarships per year will be awarded to students who enter nuclear medicine at RMIT after completing Year 12. The scholarships are each worth $10,000 over the three year program.

Go to: NuclearMedicineScholarships 

What is nuclear medicine?

Nuclear medicine uses radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose and treat disease. Patients are scanned by equipment such as gamma cameras and PET scanners. Common procedures include cardiac stress tests, bone scans for orthopaedic injuries, lung scans for blood clots, and PET scans for cancer.

A nuclear medicine technologist cares for patients, prepares and administers the radiopharmaceuticals, performs diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, processes scan images, and has professional, ethical, administrative and teaching obligations. Working hours are usually normal office hours, with some on-call.

How is it studied in Victoria?

The RMIT Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) is a three year program including clinical placements. It requires a one year internship after graduation. For more information about the course, go to

Can I visit a nuclear medicine department?

If you would like to see a nuclear medicine department, please contact: Ailsa Cowie or Cherann Edwards, Nuclear Medicine Clinical Educators, 03-9288-3259,

MacPherson Smith – Rural Foundation Scholarship:

  1. Provide access to tertiary study to outstanding rural Victorian youth by reducing or removing financial barriers
  2. Promote the value of tertiary study to rural Victorian youth by providing role models/advocates
  3. Improve the availability of needed skills in rural Victoria by providing scholarships to students who plan to return to a rural Victorian community after graduation
  4. Support the transition from school to university, and (where required) from a rural community to a city university by outstanding rural youth
  5. Build a network of young rural leaders in Victoria

Program Overview:

  • Scholarship consists of three elements: financial support, mentoring and leadership development
  • Financial support is valued at $45,000 ($15,000 per annum for three years)
  • Open to rural Victorian VCE students who plan to attend university after they complete year 12
  • Rigorous, competitive application and selection process
  • Selection criteria include: demonstrated leadership capacity/potential, desire to return to rural Victoria after graduation, and previous community contribution.

Key Date for 2015 Applications

Applications open: 1 May 2014

Applications close: 11:59PM on 18 July, 2014

Application assessment period: July & August, 2014

Go to the Scholarship Website for more dtails on this application:


Are You The Child or Grand Child of an Ex Serviceman or Woman?

The Australian Veteran’s Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women to a better future through higher education.

Through the help of our generous donors AVCAT administers scholarships to the children of those who have served our country in peace and war in the Australian Army, Navy and Airforce. Scholarship selection is on a need and merit basis.

Our recipients come from all over Australia and study an enormous variety of courses. Over the years we have had doctors, psychiatrists and engineers, teachers, scientists, meteorologists, ballet dancers, circus performers, creative writers, film makers – the list goes on. Our students attend universities,  TAFE colleges and other approved tertiary institutions around Australia.

The Australian Veteran’s Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women to a better future through higher education.

Through the help of our generous donors AVCAT administers scholarships to the children of those who have served our country in peace and war in the Australian Army, Navy and Airforce. Scholarship selection is on a need and merit basis.

Our recipients come from all over Australia and study an enormous variety of courses. Over the years we have had doctors, psychiatrists and engineers, teachers, scientists, meteorologists, ballet dancers, circus performers, creative writers, film makers – the list goes on. Our students attend universities,  TAFE colleges and other approved tertiary institutions around Australia.

To read more about the scholarships on offer, click on the following link:

ANU – Tuckwell Scholarship:

The Tuckwell scholarship is a unique $20,000 pa scholarship opportunity at Australia’s  national university.

The Tuckwell Scholarship program is among the most  generous scholarship programs in Australia, with 25 students selected each year  to receive $20,000 per year for the length of their degree at The Australian  National University.

The Scholarship is the only one of its kind that nurtures  scholars to fulfil their community ambitions over and above the pursuit of  their degree, with a focus on giving back to Australia, so it is not just the  financial support that makes it special.

We are hoping that you will encourage your best final  year students to apply for this scholarship. We are looking for students that  don’t just excel academically but who are hidden gems – those students who  quietly but resolutely work to better themselves and their community. It’s  possible that these students may need a tap on the shoulder from you as they  may not have considered themselves scholarship material.

Further information  on the Scholarship, including the eligibility requirements, selection criteria  and how to apply can be found at the Tuckwell Scholarship website

Michael Malthouse Elite Sports Bursary:

Imagine receiving a once off bursary, to the value of $10,000, to help you fund your studies while you pursue your sporting dreams!

La Trobe is an elite athlete-friendly University and has a strong commitment to sport and the role that it plays in a balanced educational environment. Fostering elite athletes and helping them to play sport whilst studying is a major part of that commitment.

We have many links with local and international sporting organisations and assist elite athletes in sourcing flexible study to enable them to continue performing at their optimum level. Find out if you are eligible to apply.

Applications Open 24 Sept 2014 – to apply go to:

Ormond Residential College – The University of Melbourne: Scholarships Rural

Entry scholarships specifically available to students from rural & regional backgrounds in 2014 include:

  • The Wade Family Scholarship ($24,000) for 2 students from government or low-fee schools
  • The Richard & Verna Gutch Scholarship ($13,500) for 3-5 students based on academic results and financial need
  • The Gwen & Edna Jones Foundation Scholarship ($10,000) for 2-3 students from the Western District, and takes into account financial need and academic potential
  • The Hugh Collins Scholarship ($5,000) for 1-2 students from government schools based on academic potential and financial need
  • The Invergowrie Foundation Scholarship ($5,000) for a female student from a Victorian school outside Melbourne & Geelong
  • The Stewart Family Scholarship ($4,500) for a student from the Wimmera, Central Victoria (including Kyneton) or Western Victoria
  • The Ian Gordon Scholarship ($4,300) for academic excellence and financial need
  • The Neville & Di Bertalli Scholarship ($3,300) for academic potential and financial need

In addition to these opportunities, the College awards around $650,000 in financial assistance to students each year. Students from rural and regional Victoria are eligible for nearly all this assistance.

Indigenous Engineers: Engineering Pathways Scholarship:

The new Indigenous Engineers Scholarship is a once off scholarship created to support an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student in 2014 who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science and is undertaking an Engineering pathway. This exciting scholarship is a once off opportunity, available for the three year duration of the degree.

The Indigenous Engineers Scholarship is valued at $75,000 over three years, comprising a fee waiver of $15,000 per annum and living allowance of $10,000 per annum.

The student must be commencing a three-year Bachelor of Science degree in 2014 and must undertake a relevant Engineering major ensuring potential eligibility for entry into the Master of Engineering. course_information/majors/B-SCIMajors_Grid

The scholarship is sponsored by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry.

Please contact Charles for further information:

Charles O’Leary,  Senior Manager, Indigenous Student and Staff Programs

Murrup Barak,   Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development  (03) 8344 5330



Why Take a Gap Year following Year 12 ?

The main reason to take a Gap year following Year 12 is to earn enough money so you can qualify for being declared an Independent student by Centrelink and thus enable you to receive youth allowance of up to $380.00 per fortnight plus living away from home allowance (if Applicable)

We usually have over 30% of Year 12 students taking a Gap Year for this reason. Careful consideration must be given to this option and you need to plan for this eventuality – well in advance of the end of the year.  Competition for Gap Year jobs is very high and you need to talk with your parents and prospective employers to organise your employment for the year.  Most Gap year jobs do not allow you to earn enough to qualify, so many students add their part-time or evening job to add the extra funds necessary to get to the required amount. You will need to earn up to about $22,000  in the period from your last Year 12 exam.

Examples of Gap year positions:  Warrnambool City Council (usually have 10 to 12 positions – advertised in November), Wannon Water (1 position), various other local business houses such as Warrnambool Books,  Accounting firms (reception work), Real Estate Agencies (reception work), Hospitals (St John O G), Stationary Firms (sales), Fashion Houses (both Male and Female sales).  Midfield, Various Building firms etc.  One student worked in the Dairy Industry and earned over $45,000 in the 18 months and easily qualified for Centrelink.

Note:  This is general advice only and rules and regulations change all the time.  We advise that  students and parents need to make an appointment with your accountant and Centrelink to check your eligibility, and qualifying requirements.

Other students take a Gap Year to pursue other interests such as learn a language overseas, work in a summer camp in the US or participate in some aid work in other countries.  (see below the links)

The following is a brief list of companies you can explore.

Cultural Care Au Pair: You can work as a live-in nanny in America. You must be at least 18 years old.

Latitude Global Volunteering: You can undertake activities such as community service, outdoor education or teaching children English in countries such as Africa, Mexico, Spain, Poland or the UK. Placements range from 3 – 12 months.

Camp Counselors USA: You have three options. 1) Camp counselor leading children in various sports and outdoor adventures in America, Russia, Canada or Croatia over the summer break. 2) Working up to 12 months in the USA, Canada or the UK in a seasonal resort, English pub or a variety of other hospitality positions. 3) Volunteering in one of over 50 projects in Africa, Latin America or Asia.

Letz Live: You will stay in a boarding school and work as a gap assistant in one of the following countries: China, Canada, France, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand or the UK. Placements range from 3 – 12 months.

Antipodeans: You will work with other young Australian’s on a sustainable volunteer project in a developing country/ area such as Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Thailand etc. You can work in volunteer projects such as building/ construction, conservation, care work, community work and teaching.

Click on the link to find out more information on Antipodeans Abroad 1 year Gap Year program  GapBreak Info Sheet Jan13

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World Youth International: This is similar to Antipodeans in that you work on sustainable programs. You can undertake placements in the following areas- Kenya, Uganda, Nepal, Cambodia, India and Peru. You can undertake projects in building/ construction, care work, community work, health and sanitation and teaching.

Projects Abroad: You can work in one of 26 developing countries undertaking short and longer term projects such as care work, teaching, conservation/ environment, sports, culture/ community, archaeology, building and performing arts.

International Exchange Programs: You can undertake working holidays in the USA, Canada, Ireland, Britain and volunteer in Cambodia, USA, Peru, and South Africa. Working holiday placements include working in the hospitality industry, summer camps and skiing.

Sports – ranching, surfing, martial arts training, sailing, scuba diving and horse riding,

Career Development – Career Action Plans

Career Action Plans:

The Career Action Plan is a dynamic planning document owned and managed by the student and is  intended to reflect their increased career development learning. The Career Action Plan helps young people to develop their awareness and understanding of education, training and employment options, and to develop the skills, knowledge and capabilities to effectively manage their careers and transitions throughout their lives.

The development of a Career Action Plan is designed to assist young people to set their goals, to clarify the actions needed to achieve these goals, and to commit to participating in the planned activities. The Career Action Plans incorporate the three stages of career development: self development, career exploration and career management.

Young people should assume ownership of their Career Action Plan. Parents and a variety of staff members, such as careers practitioners, teachers and trainers, can work with young people to assist them in completing the Career Action Plan. The young person must be actively involved in the process. Parents, family members, community members, carers, guardians or other trusted adults are encouraged to comment on their young person’s Career Action Plan, along with teachers, careers practitioners or other school staff.

Using the Career Action Plan:

Young people should complete a Career Action Plan every year from Years 7 to 12.  The Career Action Plan should be revised to reflect the career development activities undertaken throughout the year. Maintaining a Career Action Plan is an ongoing process, not a one-off activity.

Components of the Career Action Plan:

The Career Action Plan contains a range of components that develop progressively across Years 7 to 10. The components reflect the three stages of career development. The components include:

  • My Profile:      Self-development information to assist young people to understand      themselves and the influences on them through identification of interests,      values and skills.
  • My Progress:      Self-development information to assist young people to reflect on their      experiences and achievements over the past year.
  • My Goals and Plans: Self-development information to assist young      people to develop their capabilities, and career exploration information      to encourage location, investigation and consideration of opportunities in      learning and future work options.
  • My Review:      Career management information to assist young people to adjust their      Career Action Plans

Another component of the Career Action Plan involves the six steps in a young person’s acquisition of skills and knowledge for lifelong career self-management. Although young people complete all six steps each year, the Career Action Plans focus on a different step each year. The six steps are:

  • I Discover:      young people discover their strengths and talents;
  • I Explore:      young people explore the world of work and their place in it;
  • I Focus:      young people focus on their values and interests;
  • I Plan:      young people use decision-making skills to plan their learning and career      programs;
  • I Decide:      young people decide on their best options and opportunities; and
  • I Apply:      young people apply their skills and knowledge to their learning and career      planning.

Career Action Plans are located in each studnets planner.

Careers Resources – Links:

Careers Resources – General.

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Uni and TAFE Info

  • VTAC (University/TAFE ):   Search for Courses at Uni and TAFE in Victoria. Find out ATAR Scores required, Pre-requisite Subjects, Course Outlines / Major Studies, Additional Selection Criteria.  VTAC is also used to apply for VIC courses.
  • Victer 2015:   Click on this link to go to Victer – Victorian Tertiary Entrance Requirements for 2015 – It lists all University courses and their  Pre-requisites.
  • ABC of Applying:   Information for Year 12 students regarding application to TAFE and University through VTAC
  • ABC of Scaling:   Find out how scaling works.

Applying for Courses Interstate:

Victorian Universities:

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

  • T: 1300 275 228   E:    W:
  •  Ballarat Campus (Aquinas)  1200 Mair St Ballarat VIC 3350
  •  Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s)  115 Victoria Pde Fitzroy VIC 3065

Deakin University

  • T: 1300 334 733  E:  W:
  •  Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus   75 Pigdons Rd Waurn Ponds VIC 3216
  • Geelong Waterfront Campus   1 Gheringhap St Geelong VIC 3220
  •  Melbourne Burwood Campus  221 Burwood Hwy Burwood VIC 3125
  •  Warrnambool Campus Princes Hwy Warrnambool VIC 3280

Federation University

  • PO Box 663 Ballarat VIC 3353  T: 1800 333 864 E:
  • W:
  •  Camp Street Campus  Camp St Ballarat VIC 3350
  • Mt Helen Campus  University Dr Mt Helen VIC 3350

La Trobe University

  • T: 1300 135 045  W:
  •  Melbourne Bundoora Campus  Plenty Rd Bundoora VIC 3086

Monash University

  • T: 1800 666 274 or (03) 9903 4788  E:
  • Caulfield Campus  900 Dandenong Rd Caulfield East VIC 3145
  •  Clayton Campus  Wellington Rd Clayton VIC 3800
  •  Parkville Campus – Faculty of Pharmacy   381 Royal Pde Parkville VIC 3052
  •  Peninsula Campus  McMahons Rd Frankston VIC 3199

RMIT University

  • GPO Box 2476 Melbourne VIC 3001  T: (03) 9925 2000  W:
  •  Brunswick Campus  25 Dawson St Brunswick VIC 3056
  •  Bundoora Campus  Plenty Rd Bundoora VIC 3083
  •  City Campus  124 La Trobe St Melbourne VIC 3000

Swinburne University of Technology

  • PO Box 218 Hawthorn VIC 3122  T: 1300 275 794  E:
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  •  Hawthorn Campus  John St Hawthorn VIC 3122

University of Melbourne (The)

  • Parkville VIC 3010  T: 13 63 52  W:
  •  Burnley Campus  500 Yarra Bld Richmond VIC 3121
  •  Dookie Campus  940 Dookie-Nalinga Rd Dookie VIC 3647
  •  Parkville Campus  1-100 Grattan St Parkville VIC 3010
  •  Southbank Campus  234 St Kilda Rd Southbank VIC 3006

Victorian College of the Arts

Victoria University

  • PO Box 14428 Melbourne VIC 8001  T: (03) 9919 6100  W:
  •  City Flinders Campus  300 Flinders St Melbourne VIC 3000
  •  Footscray Park Campus  Ballarat Rd Footscray VIC 3011