Deakin Achieving Potential Scholarship

A Deakin Achieving Potential Scholarship offers financial support to students who display passion, perseverance and commitment to study, and experience financial or personal hardship.

This scholarship program is supported by a community of generous donors who are committed to increasing educational pathways, and building a brighter future for students who chose to study at Deakin. As a recipient of this scholarship program, you are joining a network of donors and students who believe in changing the future for the better.

Important dates

Scholarships available from T1 2022.

Opening and closing dates for T1 2022 will be confirmed later in 2021.

Benefits

Various options for support are available:

  • $10,000 per year for the normal duration of your course ($1250 per credit point) or
  • $7500 per year for the normal duration of your course ($937.50 per credit point) or
  • $5000 per year for the normal duration of your course ($625 per credit point)

Eligibility criteria

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

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • enrolled in an associate, bachelor or honours degree in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or postgraduate by coursework degree (CSP or full fee)
  • enrolled at Deakin University in Trimester 1 2022
  • enrolled full time unless there are circumstances preventing full-time study
  • experiencing financial hardship, personal hardship or a long term medical condition.

Supporting documentation

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

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.

The supporting documentation required includes:

  • evidence of your financial hardship
  • evidence of your medical condition
  • evidence of your other hardship.

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, it’s your opportunity to stand out from the crowd and be recognised for where you’ve come from and where you need to go.

Read more about our top tips for applying for a scholarship

Areas of hardship

The Deakin Achieving Potential Scholarship is aimed to provide support for students experiencing hardship.

Areas of hardship include:

  • financial hardship – be receiving a means-tested Centrelink benefit or be able to demonstrate personal or family taxable income below $56,000, depending on independence status
  • rural, regional or remote home location
  • disability/long term medical condition
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background
  • recent refugee
  • other demonstrable hardship.

Special note

If you are enrolled in an approved part-time course load the payment amount will be prorated based on the number of credit points you study.

How to apply

You will be able to apply for this scholarship directly through our Scholarship Application Portal once applications for T1 2022 open.

Opening and closing dates for T1 2022 will be confirmed later in 2021.

Scholarship conditions

Recipients of this scholarship, may be asked to participate in donor engagement activities as would be considered reasonable. Details of these activities will be included within the scholarship offer letter.

These engagement opportunities are important so supporters who donate to the Scholarship Fund can learn more about the impact of their giving, and students can learn more about the people who are helping to support their education ambitions.

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 final application closing date. You can view the status of your application via your scholarship application portal account.