Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship

Every year, many students miss out on the opportunity to attend university due to financial hardship or other challenges. This is often the case with those who have grown up in home or foster care, and overcome some of the challenges associated with this, only to find they lack the financial means to pursue university studies. The Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship will provide support for those facing financial hardship and who have been supported during their high school studies in out of home care.

Value and duration


Payment of up to $7,500 per year


Up to four years

Important dates

Opening date

10 October 2016

Closing date

5pm 12 January 2017


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, Australian permanent resident or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • have completed your VCE (or interstate equivalent) or International Baccalaureate in the previous two years
  • be enrolled full time in any undergraduate degree, unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study
  • be able to show an outstanding commitment to supporting your community
  • demonstrate you have previously or are currently residing in an out-of-home care arrangement (foster/kinship care, group homes or refuges), e.g. provide documentation from supporting department or agency, letters from case workers, copy of discharge documents or similar.

Preference will be given to students able to demonstrate financial disadvantage, either through receipt of a Centrelink benefit or by having a personal or family taxable income below the HECS-HELP repayment threshold (depending on independence status).

Supporting documentation

As part of the application process, you will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm your circumstances. Your application will not be considered complete until you upload your documentation. 

The supporting documentation for this scholarship includes evidence of your financial hardship. 

Learn more about supporting documents

Special conditions

You'll be required to write a yearly statement highlighting the impact receiving this support has had on you personally and on your studies during the year.

How to apply

You can apply for this scholarship directly through our Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal. 

Visit our applicant portal and apply

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, it’s your opportunity to stand out from the crowd and be recognised for where you’ve come from and where you need to go.

Read our five top tips on applying for a scholarship

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 within six weeks after applications close.