Change 100 Lives First in Family Scholarship

If you're the first to reach university in your family, Deakin's Change 100 Lives First in Family Scholarship can financially assist you through your first few years of study. We're striving to break the cycle and provide higher education in families for generations to come.

Value and duration


Cash payment of $4,000 per year


Three years

Important dates

Opening date

10 October 2016

Closing date

12 January 2016


All Deakin University scholarships have eligibility criteria. 

Prospective candidates should ensure they meet all criteria before submitting their application.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa 
  • a commencing student enrolled for the first time at Deakin University in your first year of your undergraduate bachelor's degree in Trimester 1, 2016 
  • enrolled full time in a Commonwealth Supported Place 
  • able to show you receive a means-tested Centrelink benefit or have a combined family taxable income below the HECS-HELP repayment threshold, depending on independence status 
  • the first in your family to attend university.

How to apply

Apply directly to Deakin

You can apply for this scholarship directly through our Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal if you:

  • applied to study at Deakin through VTAC, but didn’t fill in a VTAC scholarship application form
  • applied to study at Deakin but not through VTAC.

Visit our applicant portal

How to write a successful application

Applying for a scholarship isn't just about meeting the eligibility criteria.

It's a good idea to think about why you want a scholarship, how it will help you and what you have to offer the Deakin community.

Read our 5 top tips on applying for a scholarship

Supporting documentation

When you apply for this scholarship, you’ll need to supply evidence of your financial hardship.

Read more about supporting documentation

Special conditions

If you're successful, you must write a yearly statement highlighting the impact receiving this support has had on you personally and on your studies during the year.

Finding out if you're successful

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the details you provide and your supporting documentation.

You'll find out if you were successful some time after applications close.