Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship

The Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship will provide support for those facing financial hardship who have been supported during their high school studies in out of home care.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 open 16 December 2019.

Applications for Trimester 1 close 22 January 2020 5pm.


Cash payment of up to $7500 per year for up to three or four years depending on course duration.

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 a commencing student enrolled in any undergraduate degree at Deakin University in Trimester 1 2020
  • demonstrate you have previously or are currently residing in an out-of-home care arrangement (foster/kinship care, group homes or refuges),

Preference will be given to students 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.


As a scholarship recipient you must:

  • provide an introductory statement about your goals for study and what it means to receive the scholarship
  • provide 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 meeting with the donor.

Your application

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 residing in out-of-home care. e.g. documentation from supporting department or agency, letters from case workers, copy of discharge documents or similar
  • evidence of your financial hardship (if relevant).

Learn more about supporting documents

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

Apply through VTAC

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

Apply directly to Deakin

If you did not complete a VTAC scholarship application or you are a commencing student who has deferred a previous year's course offer 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 within six weeks after applications close.