Dr. Menzie and Margaret Lipson Scholarship

This scholarship was created to award a student who shows great potential in science and/or engineering. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship.

Important dates

Applications open Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Applications close Tuesday 22 January 2019 5pm.


Up to $7000 per year towards student contributions for the normal duration of your course.

Paid in two instalments.

Eligibility criteria

You should ensure you meet all criteria before submitting your application.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • a commencing student, enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering degree (or a combined degree) in Trimester 1 2019
  • relocating from a rural or regional area of Victoria to study at the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus (located studies) OR
  • currently residing in a rural or regional area of Victoria and studying in the Cloud campus
  • able to demonstrate financial hardship, either that you receive a means-tested Centrelink benefit or have a personal or family taxable income below $56,000, depending on independence status.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview as part of the selection process.


As a scholarship recipient you must:

  • maintain full time enrolment
  • pass all enrolled units
  • maintain a satisfactory academic record for the duration of your scholarship, with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60*
  • complete a yearly report detailing how this scholarship has helped you with your studies.

*Students cannot defer their course during their scholarship.

Your application

Supporting documents

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

Read more about supporting documentation

Application tips

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 and be recognised for where you’ve come from and where you want to go.

Read our top 5 tips on applying for a scholarship

How to apply

Apply directly to Deakin

You can apply for this scholarship directly through our Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal. Shortlisted students will be required to attend an interview in 2019.

Visit our applicant portal

*You do not need to apply directly to Deakin for this particular scholarship if you have already completed a VTAC Scholarship application.

What happens next?

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

You'll find out if you were successful up to six weeks after applications close.

About the donor

Dr. Menzie Lipson was a chemist who specialised in wool research and acted as Chief of the Division of Textile Industries at CSIRO for 18 years (from 1958 to 1976). Dr. Lipson’s formal service to Deakin University commenced in 1974 when he served as a member of the Deakin University Interim Planning Council. In 1978, Dr. Menzie was appointed to membership of the Council and in 1984 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science. 

His wife, Margaret, was also an accomplished scientist in her own right. Having graduated with Honours from Melbourne University and awarded the Dunlop Rubber Company Exhibition for Biochemistry she went on to work for CSIRO in the field of biochemical research. During her short career she published several papers. As was common in the post war era Margaret traded her career for family life. She was heavily involved in the establishment and design of the original gardens at the Waurn Ponds campus of Deakin University and in her later years worked as a Librarian in the Deakin Library.

In their loving memory, the Dr. Menzie and Margaret Lipson scholarship was created to honour the distinguished careers of Dr. Menzie and Margaret Lipson by awarding a student who shows great potential in science and/or engineering for the duration of their degree at Deakin University.