The Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation Scholarship

If you are a first year Bachelor of  Environmental Science (Marine Biology) student or Bachelor of Commerce (Food and Agribusiness Major) student at the Deakin Warrnambool campus and need financial assistance, consider applying for the Geoff and Helen Handbury Scholarship.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2020 open 27 August 2019.

Applications for Trimester 1 2020 close 22 January 2020 5pm.

Benefits

Up to $7000 over two years (total value of this scholarship is $7000).*

An accommodation discount of 10% will be available to successful applicants for the two year duration of the scholarship.

Eligibility criteria

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

To be eligible you must be:

  • a domestic student
  • a commencing student enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) or the Bachelor of Commerce* at the Deakin Warrnambool Campus (on campus study) in Trimester 1 2020
  • enrolled full time in a Commonwealth supported place
  • able to demonstrate financial hardship, either that you receive a means-tested Centrelink benefit or have a personal or combined family taxable income below $56 000, depending on independence status.

*Students who enrol in the Bachelor of Commerce must be intending to major in Food and Agribusiness and select the appropriate unit set for the Food and Agribusiness Major in their first year.

Conditions

As a scholarship recipient you must:

  • be prepared to attend a meet and greet with the donor
  • complete a yearly impact statement for the duration of the scholarship
  • provide an introductory statement about your goals for study and what it means to receive the scholarship.

*Scholarship recipients enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce must be enrolled in a Food and Agribusiness major in their second year to be eligible to receive payment and an accommodation discount for the second year of their scholarship.

Your application

Supporting documents

As part of the application process, you will also be required to upload current supporting documentation.

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

Make sure you choose the correct document type when you upload your documents as it will make a difference. If your documents are uploaded into the incorrect type they will not be considered when assessing your application. Remember it is quality, not quantity, which you need to provide. Aim to provide documents which are current, relevant and concise.

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, how it will help you and what you have to offer the Deakin community.

Read our 5 top tips on applying for a scholarship

How to apply

Submit an application for this scholarship directly via our Course and Scholarship Applicant portal

Select the 'Warrnambool Campus Scholarships' option and your application will automatically be considered for all Warrnambool Campus Donor Scholarships and the Deakin Warrnambool Residential Scholarship in the selection process.

This reduces the number of scholarships you have to apply for and increases your chance of receiving a scholarship.

Don’t forget to also apply for the ‘Deakin Funded Scholarships Program' and your application will automatically be considered for the Vice-Chancellor's Academic Excellence Scholarship, the Deakin Scholarship for Excellence and the Deakin Student Support Scholarship in the selection process.

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Apply through VTAC

If you’re applying to study at Deakin through VTAC and you complete a VTAC scholarship application, you’ll automatically be considered for this scholarship.

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What happens next?

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

You'll usually find out if you were successful within six weeks of the application closing date. You can see the status of your application via your Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal account.