Finding your way with scholarships
28 Jan 2021
There are significant costs associated with going to university. From buying textbooks, or a laptop to paying for placement. The smallest amount of financial assistance can go a long way.
Finding the right scholarship
There are so many different kinds of scholarships. This guide covers the main types, and where to find them.
Best place to search
A third party website is best to search as they will cover different institutions and funding bodies. The Good Universities Guide or the Country Education Foundation are a great starting point.
Equity Scholarships help disadvantaged students. These range from carer responsibilities, to financial hardship, disabilities or regional or remote disadvantage.
For the many student in the , residents outside the green zone are considered outer regional (see map below) and qualify to apply for the regional or remote disadvantage.
In NSW you can apply directly through UAC or directly through your institution.
This one applies to most areas where there are jobs in need – particularly health and teaching. The NSW government funds scholarships to study health and teaching, as well as scholarships to encourage study in regional Australia.
Your institution of study
Use the scholarship finder for you institution, and then filter down to the ones that are relevant for you! If you aren’t tech savvy, get someone to help – like our Centre Manager.
Tips for applying
Applying for a scholarship is like applying for a job. Even if your not sure on if you’re the perfect candidate, it is worth it to have a go.
Our best tips are;
- Look for scholarships as early as possible. Look them while you apply for the different course interested in. Applications have closing dates, and you don’t want to miss them. Get your application in early if you can!
- Think of not only your academic achievement, but everything you have been successful in doing. If you do extra curricular, from sport to public speaking, these activities show you give things a go! Even better if you have an award from these activities.
- Like applying for jobs, have a good cover letter ready to go that you only need to tinker with to address the scholarship you are applying for.
- Have a referee ready to go to provide you a good reference. This could be a teacher, your boss at work or a sports coach. Have a chat with them about your goals, and what you’re hoping to achieve so they can best support your application.
- Apply for as many scholarships as possible. Unless you have a scholarship that says you must only accept that scholarship, then don’t limit yourself! Every cent helps.
- Don’t let it discourage you if you aren’t awarded with a scholarship you have applied for. Take the experience and reflect on where you could improve.
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