Jewish Holocaust Centre Wilson Family Scholarship in memory of William Cooper

This scholarship is provided in honour of the Yorta Yorta man William Cooper, a human rights activist who dedicated his life to fight for indigenous rights. In December 1938 he led a protest to the German Consulate in Melbourne, condemning the treatment of Jews under Nazi rule.

To honour his memory, the Jewish Holocaust Centre and the Wilson Family have established a scholarship for Indigenous students undertaking studies and extra-curricular community involvement relating to social justice issues.

Scholarship details

This scholarship will benefit one full-time undergraduate Indigenous student in their penultimate or final year of studies. 

The recipient will support the Centre’s dedication to combating racism, hatred and prejudice by fostering tolerance and understanding through their education and community involvement.

Value and duration


Payment of up to $3,000 per year


One year

Important dates

For 2017 expressions of interest:

opening date

10 October 2016

closing date


Eligibility criteria

Prospective candidates should ensure they meet all criteria before submitting their application. To be eligible you must:

  • be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
  • be a current Deakin student enrolled full time in your penultimate or final year of an undergraduate bachelor degree at Deakin University, in a Commonwealth supported place (part-time enrolments will be considered in the case of exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study)
  • be studying in the Education (Primary), Social Work, Nursing or Laws fields
  • have attained a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 in the year prior to the scholarship
  • be able to demonstrate a commitment towards social studies in both academic endeavours and community work.

Special conditions

Scholarship recipients will be required to promote the image of Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, both within and outside the University. 

 You will also be required to provide a progress statement at the end of the year, highlighting how the scholarship has supported you personally and in your studies that year and detailing your aspirations for social justice.

Each scholarship recipient will be required to undertake voluntary work with the Jewish Holocaust Centre. This voluntary work may occur off-site and will be discussed on a case-by-case basis (this process will be managed by the Jewish Holocaust Centre). Off-campus students will be able to incorporate timing of voluntary activities with residential courses in Geelong.

How to apply

As the scholarship application opening date approaches, students will be asked to email an expression of interest to the Scholarships team and if eligible, the Scholarships team will provide a paper-based application and selection will be made on a first-come basis.

Finding out if you're successful

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the details you provide and you'll find out whether you were successful up to six weeks after applications close.