Order of Australia Association Foundation Scholarship

The Order of Australia Association Foundation Scholarships have been established to recognise, celebrate and encourage outstanding young Australian citizens to realise their potential to be leaders in tomorrow’s community. The purpose of the Scholarships is to assist such promising students who might otherwise have considerable financial difficulty in proceeding with their studies and thus not achieve their potential for the future benefit of Australia.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester 1 2023 open 27 September 2022.

Applications for Trimester 1 2023 close 23 October 2022 at 5pm.


This scholarship offers payments up to $20,000 per year for two years to assist with expenses related to your studies.

The total maximum value of this scholarship is $40,000.

Plus the opportunity to participate in an ongoing mentor relationship with a member of The Order of Australia who is eminent in your chosen field of study.

Eligibility criteria

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

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen
  • aged between 20-29 as at 01 January 2023, or in your early thirties with exceptional circumstances
  • currently completing the second year of study in S337 Bachelor of Marine Science with the expectation to commence third year in T1 2023
  • enrolled full-time and complete your Bachelor of Marine Science at the end of 2023
  • intending to study an Honours or Master’s degree full-time in 2024
  • able to demonstrate high academic achievement in your tertiary studies
  • able to demonstrate leadership, initiative and community involvement
  • able to demonstrate financial hardship by being in receipt of a Centrelink means tested benefit or have a personal/family taxable income below $56,000 depending on independence status.

Preference will be given to students who can show:

  • potential as a future leader in their field of study and in community involvement
  • benefit to the Australian community in future years through the scholarship award and their specialist knowledge
  • the ability to gain significantly from the guidance of a Mentor from the Order of Australia who is eminent in the awardee's chosed field of study.


As a scholarship recipient you must:

  • submit a budget each year to indicate how the money will be used for course purposes related to your studies
  • be prepared to attend the Annual Conference of The Order of Australia Association on 20 May 2023, in Geelong where you will be presented with your scholarship by the Governor-General (or His representative)
  • be enrolled full-time in an Honours or Master’s degree in 2024 to be eligible for the second year 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 the following:

  • A course map showing full-time study and your intention to complete your Bachelor of Marine Science at the end of 2023.
  • Evidence of your financial hardship
  • Evidence of your leadership roles
  • Evidence of your community service and/or volunteering experience.

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 directly to Deakin

Applications for this scholarship have now closed.

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 in your application.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview.

All applicants will be advised of the outcome of your application by the end of November 2022 via the email address nominated within your application.

About the donor

The Order of Australia Association Foundation is supporting the next generation of leaders by helping promising young Australians to achieve their potential for the benefit of future generations of Australians.

Every year the foundation provides scholarships with Australian Universities for young students in their early years of tertiary studies.

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.