The importance of scholarships

Every student’s story is different:

  • Some arrive at university with the support and encouragement of family and friends accustomed to tertiary education; some arrive as the first in their family to finish school, with little knowledge of what university might hold in store.
  • Some carry with them the financial support required to see them through their degree; some carry severe financial burdens or experience hardship and other challenges along the way.
  • Some students have opportunities to enrich their education through extracurricular activities; some need support for additional experiential learning, including travel, exchange and study abroad.
  • And some students excel and deserve recognition and support to take the next steps towards even greater achievements.

In many circumstances, scholarships are crucial to student success.  They provide access and equity; they instil a sense of belief, belonging and motivation; they provide life changing experiences; and they help students have more time to focus on their studies.  For many students, the stresses of employment make it difficult for them to graduate on time, or graduate with the high grades they have the potential to achieve. For other students, the work/study life is unsustainable, and they discontinue their studies altogether.

Scholarships make our campus accessible, equitable, rewarding and exciting. Please join us in supporting all of our students to flourish.

Melbourne Access Bachelor of Arts Scholarship

Supporting students facing financial hardship

The Faculty of Arts 110 Scholarship

The Faculty of Arts 110 Scholarship provides support for undergraduate and graduate students who struggle financially, have relocated from rural areas and/or are Indigenous Australians in order to nurture a new generation of thinkers and leaders through a commitment to access and equity.

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Melbourne Access Bachelor of Arts Scholarship

The Faculty of Arts believes in giving all students pathways and access to an Arts degree, irrespective of background or financial means, because great work and great lives start with Arts. This scholarship offers students from low socio-economic backgrounds financial assistance of $10,000 per year for the duration of their degree.

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Treaty Education Fun

Supporting Indigenous students

The Treaty Education Fund

The Indigenous Settlers Relations Collaboration (ISRC) in the Faculty of Arts offers individuals and organisations the chance to understand the role treaty plays through four certificates (MicroCerts) which support individuals and organisations in preparing for treaty negotiations between First Nations peoples and organisations.

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Indigenous Leadership, Excellence and Achievement Program (I-LEAP)

I-LEAP was established to develop pathways and opportunities for Indigenous students from high school to university who show the potential to excel, enter graduate programs and become leaders of the future.

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Supporting students from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds

Ben Cowen Scholarship

The Ben Cowen Scholarship supports undergraduate students enrolling in a Bachelor of Arts degree whose families migrated to Australia from a non-English speaking background and who have faced obstacles in their access to education.

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Ben Cowen Scholarship

Supporting excellence and achievement

Faculty of Arts Excellence Scholarship

The Faculty of Arts Excellence Scholarship was established in 2014 as the result of a generous gift by the Bernard and Mary Euhus Charitable Trust. The University of Melbourne provided funds to augment the donation and thus establish a perpetual trust rewarding academic excellence in the Faculty of Arts.

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Faculty of Arts Excellence Scholarship