Bursaries & Scholarships

The Women’s College offers a range of bursaries and scholarships for current residents and future students up to $20,000 with the average bursary and scholarship being $4,000. Please refer to the bursary and scholarship application process HERE which provides information about the eligibility criteria and the new online application process.

Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies Bursary – $4,000

Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies was Head of College and CEO from 2009 – 2016.

As the Head of College and CEO, Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies led the Centenary celebrations in 2014, oversaw the significant expansion of the College with the construction of the Centenary Wing and the Chislehurst Room, and the introduction of the Ready to Lead and Associate programs.

This bursary shall be awarded to a student who is a resident in The Women’s College during the tenure of the bursary and who is enrolled or seeking to be enrolled at a university in Brisbane.

Preference will be given to a student from rural or regional Queensland who is in financial need with respect to meeting accommodation expenses.

Payment of the bursary will be in equal instalments to coincide with the issue of each College account.

College Council Bursary – $4,000

The Council bursary shall be awarded for one year to a student who is a resident in The Women’s College and is enrolled in a degree program at a Brisbane University. In making the award, preference will be given to a student from rural or regional Queensland who is in financial need with respect to meeting accommodation expenses. Payment of the bursary will be in equal instalments to coincide with the issue of each College account.

If the student fails to make satisfactory academic progress in any year of the award, or fails to abide by the rules and regulations of the Women’s College, or defers her studies for any reason, the Head of College may terminate the bursary.

Note: The number of College Council bursaries on offer will vary from year to year.

The Brazil Family Bursary – $6,000

Mrs Bobbie Brazil (née Sinclair) is a strong supporter of the College and her daughter, Dr Victoria Brazil, is also an alumna of the College (1986 – 1988).

Bobbie was the Guest Speaker for the Standing Committee Luncheon in 2011 and her talk was entitled “Beautiful Minds create Beautiful Spaces – empowering women to lead social change through action, advocacy and philanthropy”.

She was the University of Southern Queensland Chancellor (2005 – 2013) and served on the Council from 1995 to 2001. She is also a Business Owner, Investor and Philanthropist.

Mrs Brazil was honoured in 2017 with an AO for her distinguished service to tertiary education governance, to agricultural, environmental and resource management organisations and to women in rural and regional areas.

This bursary shall be awarded to a student who is a resident in The Women’s College during the tenure of the bursary and who is enrolled or seeking to be enrolled at a university in Brisbane.

Preference will be given to a student from rural or regional Queensland who is in financial need with respect to meeting accommodation expenses.

Payment of the bursary will be in equal instalments to coincide with the issue of each College account.

The Doris Una Skyring Memorial Scholarship – $4,000

Doris Una Skyring (1898 – 1959) Resident 1924 – 1928

Doris Una Skyring was educated at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School then at the University of Queensland graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1928. Since there was, as yet, no medical school in the University of Queensland, Doris enrolled in Medicine in the University of Sydney, also residing in their Women’s College. She graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1935 becoming, in that same year, Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

In 1936 she was acting Resident Medical Officer at Rockhampton General Hospital and in 1937 Renwick Hospital for Infants, Summer Hill.  She was locum at Mount Morgan Hospital in 1938 and from 1940 did locums in Rockhampton throughout the Second World War.

She died in 1959 leaving a bequest to The Women’s College to enable and encourage young medical students.

This scholarship shall be awarded to a student who is a resident at The Women’s College during the tenure of the scholarship and who is pursuing a program in Medicine at The University of Queensland.

The scholarship shall be paid in equal instalments to coincide with the issue of each College account.

Jill Fittock Harrison Bursary – $4,000

Jill Fittock Harrison (1928 – 1985); Resident 1946 – 1948.

Jill Fittock was the eldest child of Arthur Fittock, a solicitor in Toowoomba, and his wife Rubina, known as Pat. She was educated at St Hilda’s School in Southport from 1940-1945, and was Dux of the school in her final year. Jill attended The Women’s College and the University of Queensland from 1946 to 1948, and was President of The Women’s College Student Club in 1948. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts, and then taught at St Hilda’s in 1949 and 1950.  She married Dr Mark Harrison in 1950. They had four sons.

After a lifetime of education and family service, Jill died in 1985. Her husband, Dr Mark Harrison, and sons, Andrew and John, generously granted an endowment to The Women’s College which ensures the perpetuation of her memory in the award of this bursary.

This bursary shall be awarded to a student who is a resident at The Women’s College during the tenure of the bursary and who is enrolled in a degree program at the University of Queensland.

Preference will be given to a student from rural or regional Queensland who is in financial need with respect to meeting accommodation expenses.

Payment of the bursary will be in equal instalments to coincide with the issue of each College account.

Margaret Madeline Bird Bursary – $4,000

Margaret Madeline Bird (1895 – 1982), Friend of the College.

Margaret Madeline Bird was the second daughter of English parents Katherine Lucy and Edward Day Bird who established a successful book manufacturing business in Milton Road, Brisbane, the site being sold subsequently to the Castlemaine Perkins Brewery.

Margaret was educated at the Misses O’Connor’s school at “Duporth” at Oxley.  Her parents died in the early 1930’s and she, and her older sister, Christabel, continued to live in the family home in Swann Road, Taringa. Margaret, along with her sister, were prominent members of community organisations, Christabel in the Red Cross Society, and Margaret in the Queensland Braille Writing Association at its premises in Ipswich Road, Annerley, where a wing is named in her honour.

Margaret’s association to The Women’s College was most probably due to her community organisation involvement. She may have had meetings at The Women’s College and associated with members of the College.

This Bursary shall be awarded to a female student completing Year 12, who is seeking to enrol in the first year of a program leading to an undergraduate degree of the University of Queensland.

Preference shall be given to a resident in Queensland and whose financial situation is such that it is expected she will be eligible to receive Youth Allowance.

Marie Anne McKellar Bursary – $4,000

Marie Anne McKellar, Resident 1972 – 1974.

Marie Anne McKellar completed her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Botany, in 1974.  During her College years, Marie spent many weekends returning home to help care for her younger siblings as their mother had died a couple of years earlier.  After graduation, Marie worked in Botany research and later as a librarian. She was tragically killed in 1978.

In 2013, Ms Lucy Wittholz (née McKellar), also a College alumna (1977–1979) established an endowment to honour and celebrate the life of her sister, Marie.  Lucy Wittholz expressed the wish that the Marie Anne McKellar Bursary be given to a student who had lost a parent, as she believed that the College environment would be very supportive for such a young woman.

(UQYAP) Women’s College Accommodation Scholarship – $11,000 (x2) for First-Year Residents

The University of Queensland Young Achievers Program & Women’s College Accommodation Scholarship

The University of Queensland Young Achievers Program (UQYAP) is an exciting initiative which aims to support the tertiary study and career aspirations of senior secondary school students who might not otherwise have access to university as a post-school option.

Broadly, the focus of the UQ Young Achievers Program is on nurturing and developing the educational ambitions of participants through mentoring, financial assistance and opportunities for personal growth and leadership development.

UQ Young Achievers applying to The Women’s College are able to apply for the UQYAP Women’s College Accommodation Scholarship, which is jointly provided through funding from the University of Queensland and The Women’s College.

Women’s College Equity Future Fund Bursary – $4,000

The Women’s College Future Fund was started in 2017 to provide a sustainable resource to assist students achieve a full university experience. The fund is supported directly from the generous donations of The Women’s College Alumnae and friends.

The fund is in its infancy and is seeking ongoing donations and contributions to enable the College to increase the fund capital to a level where net earnings facilitate a high level of financial support to more students.

This bursary is awarded to provide students the opportunity to have The Women’s College experience who otherwise might not be able to attend university, or live in such a supportive environment as The Women’s College.

Note: The number of bursaries on offer will vary from year to year.

Wooza Year Fund – $4,000

This year, the Wooza Year Fund has been established by a group of alumnae and current residents (2012-2020).

This bursary is awarded to provide a student the opportunity to have The Women’s College experience who otherwise might not be able to attend university, or live in such a supportive environment as The Women’s College.

Note: The number of bursaries on offer will vary from year to year.

Suzanne Mourot Award – $6,000

Suzanne Mourot (1918 – 2010). Alumnae of the Women’s College from 1939 – 1941 and Tutor in College in French Conversation 1939 – 1943.

The criteria for the Award is:

  • you are a female student with a good command of the English language from New Caledonia’s main land, the Loyalty islands and the Isle of Pines.
  • you have an offer an acceptance from the University of Queensland to study on the St Lucia campus in the field of pure or applied science, sociological science.
  • your financial position is such that you may struggle to pursue your tertiary education.
  • you are prepared to reside in The Women’s College within UQ – www.womens.uq.edu.au

Indigenous Student Scholarships

Eligible students may have their full residential fees paid by Abstudy. Further details available here – https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/abstudy 

Academic Scholarships – $4,000 (x2)

New Student – Awarded on the basis of academic merit based on school results.

Current Student – Awarded to a current resident of the College who has the highest GPA.

Cultural Scholarships – $4,000 (x 2)

The recipient of this new scholarship will be at an exceptionally high standard in their chosen pursuit and awarded to a new student and a current resident of The Women’s College.

In order to receive this scholarship the student must agree to participate in the ICC Cultural Competition (e.g. Bandfest, Choralfest, Dancefest, debating, etc).

Sports Scholarships – $4,000 (x 2)

This Scholarship is awarded to a new student and current resident with an exceptionally high standard of performance in their chosen sport.

In order to receive this scholarship the student must agree to play their sport for Women’s College in the ICC competition.

The Women’s College Scholarship – $4,000 (x 1)

Current Student – This prestigious scholarship will be awarded to a current resident of The Women’s College who is an all-rounder; demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities, achieving a high GPA in their full-time university studies, committed to various sports and cultural pursuits as well as undertaking community service.

The Stan and Maureen Duke Foundation Scholarship – $4,000 (x 1)

The Stan and Maureen Duke Scholarship will be offered for the first time in 2021 with the intention of funding a Scholarship for a first year resident of The Women’s College.

The donation to The Women’s College is an initiative of the four daughters of Stan and Maureen Duke – Karen, Marian, Susan and Lyndall – all past students of The Women’s College.

This scholarship will be awarded to a new resident who will make a valuable contribution to the life of the College. Preference will be given to a student from rural or regional Queensland who is in financial need with respect to meeting accommodation expenses.

The scholarship is awarded on a combination of achievements in the areas of academic merit, sport and/or cultural pursuits, community service, and leadership prior to becoming a resident of Women’s College.

Marian Duke & UQ Aspire Residential Scholarship – $20,000 (available again in 2023)

This scholarship assists students from a regional or rural background to undertake undergraduate studies at The University of Queensland with $10,000 per year for three years being awarded, towards accommodation costs.

In addition to the $10,000 provided by the UQ Aspire Scholarship, The Women’s College will further provide a $10,000 reduction in college fees per year for three years. This co-contribution has been established by the Stan and Maureen Duke Foundation in honour of Marian Duke, a resident of The Women’s College (1982-1984).

For further details regarding eligibility – https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/aspire-residential-scholarship#qt-scholarship_tabs-foundation-tabs-1

Judith McCulloch Academic Scholarship – $4,000 (x1)

The Judith McCulloch Scholarship will be offered for the first time in 2021 with the intention of funding an academic scholarship for a first year or current resident of The Women’s College for one academic year.

The Scholarship is awarded to a resident on achievements and proven excellence in the field of science.

The donation to The Women’s College is an initiative of Robert McCulloch, in memory of his wife, Judith McCulloch (nee Smyth) who attended The Women’s College in 1961- 1963.

GradReady Principal’s Scholarship

This scholarship is not administered by The Women’s College and as such all the application information is contained in the links below.

GradReady is proud to award one student residing at The Women’s College a GradReady GAMSAT® Attendance (Comprehensive) Course each year. The scholarship is designed for prospective medical students and provides them with comprehensive preparation for the Graduate Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT®). Please click here for more details on the course.

GradReady is an education technology company aimed at making learning more effective and engaging. GradReady has helped over 6000 students prepare for the GAMSAT® exam since 2010. Their students have improved by an average of 24 percentile points and 90%+ have achieved medical school admissions. To learn more about GradReady, click here.

Please click here for more details on how to apply

AcerGAMSAT Scholarship

The AcerGAMSAT scholarship is not administered by The Women’s College and as such all the application information is contained in the links below.

AcerGAMSAT is an education cloud technology company aimed at utilising data science and leveraging big data to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive GAMSAT preparation materials and guides. The GAMSAT cloud learning is the first of its kind in the world. By choosing AcerGAMSAT, you’ll benefit from the combined expertise of GAMSAT tutors, researchers, curriculum specialists, and GAMSAT testing experts – covering all aspects of GAMSAT exam preparation needed for a high score to get you into the medical school of your choice. To learn more about AcerGAMSAT, click here. (https://acergamsat.com).

AcerGAMSAT is proud to offer students residing at The Women’s College the opportunity to have part or all their tuition fees paid for. The scholarship also offers unlimited and lifetime access to all 16 AcerGAMSAT courses and future courses, coupled with unlimited access to AcerGAMSAT tutors. The scholarship is not limited to one student and at AcerGAMSAT’s discretion, the scholarship can be extended to more students at The Women’s College who apply.

For more information on this scholarship, with details on how to apply – Please click here for more details (https://acergamsat.com/gamsat-scholarships/)