Bursary & Scholarship Applications

The Women’s College bursaries aim to support the tertiary study aspirations of scholars from low income families who might not otherwise have access to the Women’s College experience. Our new scholarships are open to new and current students and are awarded to full-time university students who have demonstrated excellence in academia, sport and cultural pursuits as well as leadership.

The Women’s College selection process is competitive and unfortunately not all applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are able to be awarded a bursary. Bursaries range in amounts from $4,000 to $11,000 per annum and are offset in equal amounts against each term’s fees.

Eligibility of Applicants

To be considered for the bursaries, scholars must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Australian citizen
  • Low-income financial status (families that have a combined annual taxable income of approximately $85,000 or less) or a change in financial/family circumstances
  • Motivated, with demonstrated academic potential to succeed at university
  • Supportive family environment

Application Process

The Women’s College invites all potential residents and current residents to apply for a bursary in 2020.

With each application, the following documentation is required:

  1. Student Application Form (completed and signed by relevant parties)
  2. Copy of all relevant School/ University Reports
  3. Evidence of financial position, including: most recent Australian Taxation Office. Notice of Assessment/s for parents/guardians (if applicable) and/or current Centrelink (Department of Human Services) or Veteran’s Entitlements statements (e.g. Newstart Allowance, Disability Support Pension, Family Tax Benefit Part A and/or Part B etc.) and
  4. Personal statement from the student

Note: We are aware that all circumstances differ so if you don’t meet the criteria for a bursary (due to combined family income, etc) please still apply but you will need to thoroughly outline why College fees will place significant financial strain on your family.

Application Close Date

Applications for 2020 bursaries (including all supporting documentation) must be received by the College by 5:00pm on Friday 27 September 2019. Incomplete nominations and/or those without the necessary supporting documentation will not be considered.

Applications are to be posted to The Women’s College, College Road, ST LUCIA 4067 or by email to registrar@womens.uq.edu.au

For more information, please contact our Registrar – Phone: (07) 3377 4500.

Explanatory Notes

The Women’s College aims to support the tertiary study aspirations of students from low- income families. It is therefore essential that applications include sufficient information and documentation to enable the selection panel to undertake a full assessment of the family’s financial circumstances.

As a guideline, students whose families have a combined annual taxable income of approximately $85,000 or less may be considered for a bursary.

Families who have experienced a change in financial circumstances since their last ATO Assessment should provide any relevant supporting documentation.

Selection of Bursary Recipients

Selection of recipients is carried out by a panel which may comprise of College Staff, College Council and Donors. In addition to the Program’s eligibility criteria, the scholar’s leadership potential and/or demonstrated community involvement may also be taken into consideration in the selection process.

Bursary Activities and Commitment

The Women’s College bursaries require the full support of their parents/guardians to support their move to Brisbane (if applicable) and application to College and it is important that all parties are aware of the commitment and expectations associated with receiving a bursary.

Requirements and Expectations of Bursary Recipients

It is a requirement for all recipients of The Women’s College bursaries to:

  • Be enrolled and attending University as a full-time student or have applied to QTAC and expecting a positive outcome
  • Consistently demonstrate a high level of commitment to their studies, as evidenced through attendance, academic progress and behaviour
  • Provide The Women’s College with their results at the end of each semester
  • Contribute to The Women’s College community through sport, cultural and community activities as well as a high level of attendance at College events such as Formal Dinners
  • Serve as a role model to other residents through exemplary behaviour
  • Actively participate in any scheduled bursary activities which may include presenting to the College Council, writing to College donors on how the bursary has been used to support your college experience and/or participate in any College fundraising promotional activity.Students who do not meet the requirements and expectations outlined above may forfeit their bursary.

All bursary applications for 2020 must be submitted either at the time of your application, or, no later than Friday 27 September 2019 (also the closing date for 2020 Residency Applications).

If you are applying for residency at Women’s College and are in financial need, you should:

1. Follow the usual process to submit an application to reside at the College. Click here to submit an application

2. Complete the 2020 Bursary Application Form. Click here to download the form. Once completed please post or email as per the instructions on the form

Scholarship Program Overview

The Women’s College scholarships aim to support the tertiary study aspirations of scholars, regardless of background or financial circumstances, to realise their full potential. We offer a wide range of scholarships for new students and current students of the College and these are made possible with the generous support of our donors.

Scholarships at Women’s College are awarded for academic excellence, proven leadership skills and to students with exceptionally high standard of performance in their chosen sport or cultural pursuit.

Scholarships range in amounts from $4,000 per annum and are offset in equal amounts against each term’s fees.

Eligibility of Applicants

To be considered for the scholarships, scholars must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Preference will be given to Australian citizens
  • Motivated, with demonstrated academic potential to succeed at university
  • Supportive family environment

Selection Criteria

Your application will be assessed by the following criteria.

  • Accepted at Women’s as a new or current resident who studies full time at University
  • Proven excellence in academia, leadership, sport or cultural pursuits
  • Demonstrated contribution to your school/college community (i.e. how did you use your talents to benefit the wider community)
  • How you would contribute to the community at Women’s College if not answered above
  • Able and willingness to be involved in the Inter-College Competition (ICC) representing Women’s College

Funds will be credited to cover College residential fees and are offset in equal amounts against each term’s fees.

It is expected scholarship recipients will continue to give back to their community and at College events and to inspire their peers to do so.

A scholarship application for an award must be lodged on or before the last Friday in November in the year of application. The application MUST include the completed signed application form, academic record, 500 word written application outlining their community contributions as per the selection criteria and the names of at least two referees. Short listed candidates will be required for an interview with the Head of College.

Application Closing Date

Applications for scholarships (including all supporting documentation) must be received by the College by 5:00pm on the last Friday of November.

Applications are to be posted to The Women’s College, College Road, ST LUCIA 4067 or by email registrar@womens.uq.edu.au. For more information, please contact our Registrar on (07) 3377 4500 or visit this page.

Click here to download the application form.

Requirements and Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

It is a requirement for all recipients of The Women’s College scholarships to:

  • Be enrolled and attending University as a full-time student or have applied to QTAC and expecting a positive outcome.
  • Consistently demonstrate a high level of commitment to their studies, as evidenced through attendance, academic progress and behaviour.
  • Provide The Women’s College with their results at the end of each semester.
  • Contribute to The Women’s College community and participate in
    The Inter-College Competition (ICC) through sport, cultural and community activities as well as a high level of attendance at College events such as Formal Dinners.
  • Serve as a role model to other residents through exemplary behaviour.
  • Actively participate in any scheduled scholarship activities which may include presenting to the College Council, writing to College donors on how the scholarship has been used to support your College experience and/or participate in any College fundraising promotional activity.

Students who do not meet the requirements and expectations outlined above may forfeit their scholarship.