Shaping Futures Scholarships at The University of Newcastle

Merit Based Scholarship | Scholarship Provided by : The University of Newcastle Foundation

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This scholarship was established by the University of Newcastle (UON) Foundation. The aim of this scholarship is to assist disadvantaged students for studies at the University of Newcastle.  The scholarship is available to the students who are academically gifted but are also facing hardship from factors such as being from a low socio-economic background, coming from a rural or remote area, living with disabilities, and carer or parenting responsibilities.

Scholarship application closes on
March 31, 2020
Scholarship provided type
Number of scholarships offered
58 per year
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Scholarship Details

The scholarship is applicable to students from all international countries for studies at University of Newcastle in Australia.  The value and number of scholarships awarded depends on the amount raised by donations to the UON Foundation. Typically the scholarship is valued at $4,000. The payment will be for a lump sum amount and paid after the semester 1 census date.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in any year of an undergraduate degree program at the University of Newcastle.
  • Be enrolled full-time.
  • Demonstrate academic progress either by the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent required for entry for commencing students, or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 for continuing students.
  • Demonstrate impact of educational disadvantage, such as carer, sole parent, financial hardship, English language difficulty, Indigenous Australian, long term medical condition or effects of abuse, disability, refugee status, regional/remote disadvantage.
  • Not be the recipient of another UON Donor-funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently.


Application Process

Selection will be based on assessment of the scholarship application and any required supporting documents. Applications will be ranked against the criteria and offers made to the applicants who best meet the eligibility criteria.

Students will need to indicate whether they are a resident in UON on-campus accommodation to be considered for the Student Living Shaping Futures Scholarships. At least one of these named scholarships will be offered to an eligible resident of Edwards Hall

Interviews may be arranged if required.

If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.
  • A written statement (approx 1 A4 page) outlining your academic achievement to date, experience of educational disadvantage, and how this scholarship would assist you and your career aspirations.

TIPS: Limit supporting documents to a few documents which support relevant eligibility criteria only. You may need to combine as one pdf for upload and include your name and student number (if you have one) in the document.

Additional Information

Selection of the applicant depends on:
  • Academic merit, namely Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent or cumulative GPA
  • A written statement outlining career aspirations and details of financial disadvantage, disability, regional or remote disadvantage, carer or parenting responsibilities, supported by any appropriate documentation.

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Contact Info

Scholarships Officer,
Student Services Centre, University of Newcastle, University Drive,
Callaghan NSW 2308 Australia
Phone: +61-2-4921-5000