Epworth HealthCare Indigenous Nursing Scholarship

The scholarship aims to provide support to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student studying within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Epworth HealthCare has a strong relationship with Deakin University and this scholarship is an opportunity to assist a student commencing their nursing degree.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2023 open 1 September 2022.

Applications for Trimester 1 2023 close 15 February 2023 5pm.


This scholarship offers cash payments up to $5000 per year for three years

The total maximum value of this scholarship is $15,000.

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
  • commencing and enrolled full time in Trimester 1 2023 at Deakin University in one of the following courses within the School of Nursing and Midwifery:
    • Bachelor of Nursing
    • Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical Leadership)
    • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery
    • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science
    • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Preference will be given to a student studying at the Geelong Waterfront or Burwood campus who is able to demonstrate participation in and commitment to supporting the community and volunteer activities.

Special conditions

As a scholarship recipient you must:

  • write an introduction statement about your goals for study and what it means to receive the scholarship
  • provide a completion statement at the conclusion of your studies
  • be open to meeting with the donor
  • maintain a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 50 for the duration of the 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 participation in community and volunteer activities (if relevant).

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

Apply through VTAC

If you’ve applied to study at Deakin through VTAC and have completed a VTAC scholarship application, you’ll be considered for this scholarship.

Apply directly to Deakin

If you didn't complete a VTAC scholarship application, are applying directly to Deakin for a course or already have your 2023 course offer, you can apply for this scholarship directly to Deakin through our Scholarship Application Portal.

When applying direct to Deakin for this scholarship, select the 'Undergraduate Scholarship Application Tri/Sem 1 2023' option and, if eligible, your application will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

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

Apply for this scholarship

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

What happens next?

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

We will commence offering scholarships progressively from mid-January 2023. To give your application the best chance possible of being considered in all offer rounds, you should submit your application and supporting documentation by 9 January 2022 at 5pm.

If you are successful, you will be contacted by the email address you nominated in your application portal account, unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted. You'll find out if you are successful usually within six weeks of the Re-offer round closing date. If you have not received an offer by this time, you have been unsuccessful. You can view the status of your application via your scholarship application portal account.

Additional opportunities

There may be an opportunity for the successful applicant to be invited to undertake engagement activities, work placement and a mentorship with Epworth HealthCare. The decision to accept any potential offer is the student's and will not impact your eligibility to receive the scholarship.