Santa Singh and Balwant Kaur Scholarship

This scholarship is generously funded by Pretam Kaur and is intended to provide assistance to indigenous women experiencing hardship in order to help them achieve their education goals.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 2 2020 open 17 June 2020.

Applications for Trimester 2 2020 close 15 July 2020 5pm.


Final year students can receive up to $10 000 cash over one year.

Penultimate (second to last) year students can receive up to $7500 cash per year for two years.

Maximum/Total value of scholarship is $10 000 for final year students and $15 000 for penultimate year students.

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 student that identifies as female
  • a continuing student, enrolled full time at Deakin University in your penultimate or final year of study in one of the following: a undergraduate bachelor degree, a graduate certificate or graduate diploma, or a masters by coursework
  • experiencing financial, personal, and/or medical hardship.

Preference will be given to students who are not currently holding another Deakin University scholarship.


As a scholarship recipient, you must:

  • maintain a pass grade for all enrolled units
  • 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
  • not defer this 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, 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 Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Visit our applicant 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 four weeks of the application closing date. You can see the status of your application via your Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal account.

About the donor

Written in the words of our donor Pretam Kaur.

"My father Santa Singh and my mother Balwant Kaur were born in British India in Punjab.  They came to British Malaya before 1940 as illiterate, starving poor coolie labour. I was born in Malaya in 1945 when bombs were falling.  In 1951, my mother wanted to send to me to English school like my two older brothers. The Sikh community opposed my parents and shamed and ostracized them.  English schools were meant for boys; the Punjabi school was enough for girls.

My parents fought the community and sent me to English school with love and devotion, even when they had no money.   In 1965, I went to university, my brothers didn’t.  My parents’ gift of education changed my life.  The story of their courage and support defined me. The scholarships for Indigenous women come from my parents to you, colonised and impoverished as they were, to connect with the oldest culture, and join with your dreaming."