The 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 1 2021 open 31 August 2020.

Applications for Trimester 1 2021 close 25 January 2021 5pm.


Cash payment 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 2021) 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 2021
    • 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 an area of 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
  • complete a yearly impact statement for the duration of the scholarship
  • provide an introductory statement about your study goals and what it means to receive the scholarship.

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 or medical 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

You can apply for this scholarship directly through our Deakin Scholarship Application Portal.

Visit our application portal

What happens next?

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

You'll find out if you were successful usually within six weeks of the application closing date. You can view the status of your application via your Scholarship Application Portal account.

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.