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Scholarship Guide

Ready to take the next step in your education but wondering how you will afford to pay for your degree? CEF’s Scholarship Guide has all the tips you need to apply for financial assistance to help get you on your way…

 The CEF 2017 Scholarship Guide is proudly supported by Macquarie University

Each year thousands of scholarships are awarded to students all over to Australia to help ease the financial costs of higher education and training. Scholarships, grants and bursaries can help you get started on your dream to become a teacher, nurse, musician, accountant or even an astronomer. The sky’s the limit when you get the support you need for further study and training.

Financial assistance for tertiary education comes in all shapes and sizes. Some scholarships cover fees, some are for equipment and others will pay your accommodation. There’s even some that take care of it all. Whatever course you are doing and wherever you are going to study, there will be a range of assistance options you can apply for. The Country Education Foundation has rounded up all the best scholarships for rural and regional students and put them in one place, so you can find more support to get you on your way to a great future.  

Top Tips for Applying for Scholarships

  • Check your eligibility: Writing an application takes a bit of time so first up make sure you are eligible for the scholarships you want to apply for. Some scholarships are based on certain criteria such as gender, ethnicity, your chosen course of study, disability, financial situation or where you live. Read the eligibility criteria carefully to make sure you are definitely suitable to apply for the scholarship.
  • Know the closing date: Don’t wait until the last minute or try and rush through an application when you are in the middle of exams. Give yourself plenty of time to search for scholarships you may be eligible for and make a list of the closing dates so you can plan ahead and put together the best application you can.
  • Address the criteria: Scholarship applications will need a range of information, from financial details through to your academic and social achievements. Ensure you meet and address all the criteria in your application.
  • Use the help around you: Tap into your school and community network to get help with the application process. Your high school careers advisor is a great place to start. Often they will receive information and guides on scholarship opportunities. If you know which institution you will be studying at, check if they have a scholarship officer you can get in touch with. If you are a CEF grant recipient you can ask a member of your local committee for help with your application. And remember to get someone else to read over your application for any errors.
  • Apply, apply, apply: You can apply for as many scholarships as you like, so make the most of the opportunities. Remember, if you don’t give it a go, you’ll never know.  


Scholarship Myths Busted

You have to be academic to get a scholarship: While some scholarships are based on academic merit, others look at leadership, sporting achievements or community involvement. There are also scholarships focused on specific criteria, including financial disadvantage and hardship, indigenous background and students affected by remoteness and distance.

So many people go for them, you would never have a chance: In fact, lots of scholarships are not filled every year because people simply haven’t applied for them. You can apply for as many scholarships as you like, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. 

You have to be good at essay writing: Some scholarship applications will require you to write an essay, but many don’t. It’s more important that you express yourself clearly; your abilities, qualifications, goals, interests, etc. Read the instructions carefully and answer the questions in simple, clear sentences. Use relevant experience to illustrate your skills.  

Fresh Fields for Kate

Kate Field is a first year undergraduate student at The Women’s College within the University of Sydney and is an inaugural recipient of a Katrina Dawson Foundation Scholarship.


Kate's scholarship, which is one of a number available to residents at The Women’s College, provides financial support, internship opportunities, mentoring support and an invitation to join The Women’s College Scholars Program.

Kate is studying a Bachelor of Architecture and Environments and hopes her degree will lead her to her dream of becoming a sustainable urban designer.

Having a scholarship with so many benefits allows Kate to focus on her degree.

“I can already feel my creative and analytic skills being challenged by the unique work my degree entails,” Kate said. “It is a lot of work, but I love learning so many new and useful skills that will be essential for my future.”

Being a student at The Women’s College gives Kate, who comes from the small regional town of Aberdeen, a home away from home.

“When students need to relocate to attend university living in a college can help alleviate extra pressures and provide academic and social support,” Ann Armstrong, Admissions Registrar at The Women’s College said. 

“Scholarships are an essential resource for students who need financial assistance and I would encourage all students to look into any scholarships they may be eligible for.”


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