Handbury Foundation Achieving Potential Scholarship

A Handbury Foundation Achieving Potential Scholarship offers financial support to students who are studying on the Warrnambool campus and are experiencing an area of hardship.

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

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2023 open 1 September 2022.

Applications for Trimester 1 2023 close 9 January 2023 at 5pm.

Scholarship offer rounds

Early Round: To be considered for these early round scholarship offers you will need to submit your application and all supporting documentation by 5 December 2022 at 5pm.

Round 1: To be considered for these Round 1 scholarship offers you will need to submit your application and all supporting documentation by 9 January 2023 at 5pm.

We will be aiming for full allocation at this round.

Re-offer Round: To be considered for any remaining scholarships, not taken up in previous offer rounds, you will need to submit your application and all supporting documentation by 2 February 2023 at 5pm.

All scholarships will be offered within six weeks of the Re-offer round closing date.

Benefits

This scholarship offers cash payments up to $7500 per year for three years.

The total maximum value of this scholarship is $22,500.

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
  • a commencing student enrolled in Trimester 1 2023 at Deakin's Warrnambool campus (on campus study)
  • enrolled full time in a bachelor degree in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • experiencing an area of hardship.

Areas of 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
  • arrive in Australia as a refugee
  • other demonstrable hardship.

Conditions

As a scholarship recipient, you must:

  • be prepared to attend a meet and greet with the donor
  • 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.

Your application

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 (if applicable)
  • evidence of your medical condition (if applicable)

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

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 a limited number of scholarships towards the end of December 2022 with the remainder of scholarships offered 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 5 December 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.

About the donor

The Handbury Foundation was created by the late Geoffrey and Helen Handbury, to give back to the community, in line with its founders’ beliefs that a good life is one lived in fullness throughout, while engaging fully with the community. The Handbury Foundation Achieving Potential Scholarship offers support for a student experiencing an area of hardship and signals a belief in the power of education to change lives.

Next offering period

This scholarship is yet to be confirmed for any future offering periods. Please check back at this page at a later date for any updates.