Deakin University Young Influencer Award

Applications are now open

Reward your efforts both in and outside of the classroom with the Deakin University Young Influencer Award.

Why become a Deakin University Young Influencer

If you're a leader in your local community, have a willingness to help others, or enjoy thinking of new ideas to solve real-world problems, the Deakin University Young Influencer Award may be perfect for you.

Applications are open to current Year 11 students who:

  • have made an outstanding contribution to their school or local community, or perhaps a community in need in Australia or overseas
  • demonstrate a real willingness to help, coach, teach or care for others in a significant way
  • foster inclusive and supportive environments wherever they go and show a willingness to challenge preconceived ideas and the status quo
  • are strong leaders, helping to bring about change for the betterment of others
  • generate and apply new ideas and fresh thinking to real-world problems and help to deliver new solutions that make positive impacts
  • share knowledge and cultivate connections on a local level, or, far and wide
  • are committed students who have achieved above-average Year 11 results.

Our prestigious award is offered to just one student from each of Deakin's select group of schools, meaning this excellent addition to your resume will give you a distinct edge on others in your future pursuits.

I've been involved in a variety of local fundraisers, volunteering and tutoring for six years. This award means a lot as it acknowledges my achievements and opens up a whole realm of opportunities.

Olivia Kelly

2021 Deakin Young Influencer Award recipient

Award value

Recipients of our Young Influencer Award will receive a $5000 scholarship. You'll receive a payment of $500 at your school's 2022 awards ceremony. The remaining $4500 will be paid across your first year of undergraduate study at Deakin University in 2024.

Representing Deakin's values

The annual Deakin Young Influencer Award acknowledges outstanding students who represent Deakin's values.

Community leadership

Deakin has always valued and contributed to the communities we serve.

  • Do you make outstanding contributions to the community – in or out of school?
  • Do you help to foster a supportive and inclusive environment?
  • Can you demonstrate that you stand up for what you believe in?

Change advocacy

Deakin is agile and responsive to change, with a history of using cutting-edge technology to provide personal and flexible learning experiences to prepare our graduates for the jobs of the future.

  • Do you think laterally?
  • Do you challenge preconceived ideas or the status quo?
  • Do you generate and apply fresh thinking to real-world problems?

Progressive thinking

At Deakin, we're always looking forward, and continuously advance education through progressive teaching, innovative research and global engagement.

  • Can you offer new solutions to existing problems?
  • Are you open and adaptive to change?
  • Do you share knowledge and connect with others easily?

The scholarship has provided me with opportunities to extend myself, grow as an individual, and added so much more to my Deakin experience. I encourage secondary students to embrace this and other opportunities that come their way.

Josh Miller

2018 Deakin Young Influencer Award recipient, current Deakin student

Important dates

Applications open

22 August 2022

Applications close

9 October 2022

Successful recipients announced

2 November 2022

Please note that winners are selected by their school. Deakin University will contact students directly about the outcome of their application.

Have a question?

For more information about the Deakin University Young Influencer Award, please get in touch by emailing the team.

Download the Deakin University Young Influencer Award FAQs (PDF, 108.6KB)