Mary MacKillop Today First Nations Tertiary Scholarship

Mary MacKillop believed in the power of education to transform lives. In her legacy the Sisters of Saint Joseph have continued to empower individuals and communities by providing access to education. Since 1998 tertiary scholarships for the First Nation Peoples of the lands in which we live have addressed the financial barriers faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and supported them to access and achieve their academic goals.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2021 open 6 November 2020.

Applications for Trimester 1 2021 close 15 February 2021 at 5pm.


This scholarship offers cash payments of up to $5000 per year for the normal duration of your course (up to a maximum of four years).

The maximum value of the scholarship for students studying a three year degree is $15,000 and the maximum value for students studying a four year degree is $20,000.

Eligibility criteria

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

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • a commencing student, enrolled full time at Deakin University in Trimester 1 2021 in one of the following:
    • An undergraduate Bachelor degree
    • A Graduate certificate or Graduate Diploma
    • A Masters by coursework
  • living in a rural or regional home location.

Preference will be given to students:

  • enrolled in an undergraduate degree
  • who are facing hardship/s
  • who are not in receipt of an additional scholarship
  • enrolled in their first tertiary qualification


As a scholarship recipient, you must:

  • provide an introductory statement about your goals for study and what it means to receive the scholarship
  • complete a yearly impact statement for the duration of the scholarship
  • maintain a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 50 for the duration of the scholarship
  • be open to engaging with the donor to complete a report/story including photos of your experience which can be used to promote the program to stakeholder groups including student material, annual reports, marketing, etc.

Your application

Supporting documents

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

When you apply for this scholarship, you'll need to supply evidence of your financial, medical, and/or personal hardship (if applicable).

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

You can apply for this scholarship directly through our Deakin Scholarship Application Portal.

Visit our applicaTION portal

What happens next?

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 usually within six weeks of the application closing date. You can see the status of your application via your Scholarship Application Portal account.