Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Scholarship

The Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Scholarship at Deakin University provides an opportunity for women from rural and regional Victoria, in financially disadvantaged circumstances, to study an undergraduate degree at Deakin University.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2022 open 14 October 2021.

Applications for Trimester 1 2022 close 24 January 2022 at 5pm.

Benefits

Cash payment of up to $7000 per year.

The maximum value of this scholarship is $21,000 - $28,000, depending on the duration of your course (3 or 4 years).

Eligibility criteria

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

To be eligible you must be:

  • a female domestic student
  • commencing in an undergraduate bachelor's degree at Deakin University in Trimester 1 2022
  • enrolled full time in a Commonwealth supported place
  • living in a Victorian rural or regional home location, or be relocating from a Victorian rural or regional home location to study at Deakin University
  • in receipt of a Centrelink means tested benefit or have a personal/family taxable income below $56,000, depending on independence status.

Conditions

As a scholarship recipient you must:

  • maintain a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 60
  • complete a yearly impact statement for the duration of the scholarship
  • provide an introductory statement about their study goals and what it means to receive the scholarship.
  • not hold another scholarship concurrently.

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 hardship.

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 2022 course offer, you can apply for this scholarship directly to Deakin through our Scholarship Application Portal.

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.

If you are successful, you will be contacted by the email address you nominated within your application portal account, unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

You'll find out if you were successful usually within six weeks of the application 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

This scholarship is generously supported by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

The Helen Macpherson Smith Trust (HMSTrust) is an independent philanthropic trust which works to build fair, creative and resilient Victorian communities through initiatives that promote positive change.

The Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Scholarship at Deakin University provides an opportunity for women from rural and regional Victoria, in financially disadvantaged circumstances, to study an undergraduate degree at Deakin University.

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.