Judy Hill Scholarship

The Judy Hill Scholarship aims to assist mature women in overcoming the barriers to participation in higher education.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester/Semester 1 2024 open 15 September 2023.

Applications for Trimester/Semester 1 2024 close 9 January 2024 at 5pm.

Scholarship offer rounds

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 2024 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 31 January 2024 at 5pm.

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


This scholarship offers cash payments up to $5000 per year, for 3-4 years (dependent on course duration).

Eligibility criteria

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

To be eligible you must:

  • be a female domestic student
  • be a mature aged student (aged 21 or over at 1 January 2024) who is looking to retrain after a period of absence from the workforce
  • be commencing and enrolled full time in one of the following degrees at Deakin University in Trimester 1 2024
    • Bachelor of Nursing
    • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
    • Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary)
    • Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Preference will be given to students who are experiencing financial hardship.


As a scholarship recipient you must:

  • maintain a pass grade on all units
  • be prepared to attend a meet and greet with the scholarship donor
  • provide an introductory statement about your study goals and what it means to receive the scholarship
  • provide a completion statement at the end of their studies.

Your application

Supporting documents

As part of the application process, you may also be required to upload current supporting documentation.

When you apply for this scholarship, you'll need to supply evidence of your financial hardship (if applicable).

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 directly to Deakin

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 2024' 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.

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.

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.

About the donor

The Judy Hill Scholarship has been established by her daughter Jennie Hill, in memory of her mother.

Keen to leave home and be independent, Judy initially trained and worked as a nurse in Adelaide. At the time, nursing was one of the very few career paths available to women that could enable this. Later, after moving to Melbourne with her husband and 3 children, she began volunteering at a school for the deaf in Melbourne.  

Judy undertook formal studies, including at Burwood Teachers College (later absorbed into Deakin University) in her late 30’s. She worked full time as a Special Education Teacher for 15 years.

Vocational education offered ways for Judy to be both financially independent as well as mentally stimulated.