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As every student has different needs, talents and ambitions, CSU offers scholarships that help with access and equity, assist with travel, textbooks or accommodation, or reward excellence and achievement. No matter what your interests, background or circumstances, there really is a CSU scholarship for you! We want to see all our students succeed in their studies; to go on to thrive and make a positive impact on their communities and in their own lives throughout their careers. A scholarship can help ease university costs or simply provide you with the budget flexibility you need to focus on your study.
Our scholarships are funded by government as well as private industry and professions, individuals, CSU alumni (past students and staff), and community groups to provide our students with the support they need, while providing valuable links and opportunities. Access and equity scholarships provide support to those who may have experienced educational disadvantage, live in rural or remote areas, people from Indigenous backgrounds, refugees, and students with low socio-economic circumstance or who have disabilities. Give yourself the best chance at success by applying for a CSU scholarship. There are plenty of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships on offer, so be sure to check out the full list online at: www.csu.edu.au/scholarships
Winning one of CSU’s huge range of scholarships can really set you up for achieving your very best in your field of endeavour. A scholarship can take away some of the financial pressures so you can focus on important aspects of uni like participating in lectures, tutorials and workshops, engaging more in the area you are passionate about, and still being able to relax and enjoy your life!
Ready for further study? Commencing and continuing Honours students can apply for merit-based and other general and faculty-related scholarships to allow them to focus on their first real foray into research. If you’re embarking on one of our higher degrees by research, CSU’s scholarships provide financial support to students who demonstrate exceptional research promise. A research scholarship can be of great assistance with costs involved in conducting your research. Research scholarships include: Australian Postgraduate Awards, CSU Postgraduate Research Studentships, University Research Centre Scholarship, and International Postgraduate Research Scholarship. We also offer Equity Scholarships specifically for postgraduate by coursework students, plus grants to help with residential school costs. Scholarships are available from a variety of sources in addition to those offered through CSU, including industry and government, so look around. CSU lists some other organisations’ scholarships at: www.csu.edu.au/scholarships
Just starting out – or continuing your studies? Some of CSU’s most accessible scholarships are our CSU Foundation scholarships, which range in value from $1,000 to $10,000. Many Foundation Scholarships are based on academic merit and leadership; however there are also scholarships specifically for students experiencing hardship or disadvantage, and Indigenous and distance education students. Whether you are commencing or a continuing student, you can access a number of the more than 200 scholarships funded by individuals and organisations that show their commitment to CSU’s students through these generous scholarships.
Will you go really well in the HSC / VCE? You’ve put in the hard yards to achieve a great ATAR but did you realise your commitment to your studies could also make you eligible for a CSU academic merit scholarship? Criteria for CSU’s Excellence Scholarships are based on a combination of academic merit (ATAR score starting from 95 and above, inclusive of the regional bonus) and evidence of leadership and citizenship within the community. Some other CSU scholarships also take your results into consideration.
Scholarships that really help At CSU, we are committed to ensuring equal opportunity by offering a range of equity and Indigenous scholarships and grants to students who experience financial hardship. CSU values and welcomes our Indigenous students, offering scholarships that help make career dreams a reality. If you are studying your first undergraduate degree on a low income, a CSU Equity Scholarship could be just what you need to commence your university journey. There are even opportunities to apply again for each year of your degree if you achieve a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above. In addition to CSU’s scholarships, other Commonwealth financial support such as start up and Relocation Scholarships are available through Centrelink (as at time of printing, subject to legislation). Further information on these can be found on Centrelink’s website: www.centrelink.gov.au
Coming from TAFE or another pathway, or an AGMC student? TAFE and Pathways students, get online to see how you can make the exciting next step in study achievable through one of our scholarships specifically set aside for you. For example, just by completing a TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma, you could be eligible for a TAFE to University and Pathway Scholarship – simple! If you’re a student with the Australian Graduate Management Consortium (AGMC) and have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice), you can apply for one of five AGMC Scholarships when you transfer into the Graduate Diploma of Management (Professional Practice).
Support when you need it most Once you’re at CSU, the financial support for students in need continues. If you find yourself in an unexpected situation where you need access to emergency funds, equity grants are available for low income earning students. You can be assured you will have support, allowing you to focus on the things that matter like keeping on top of your study and enjoying your university experience. • For students who need to relocate from rural or remote locations to attend a CSU campus, there are Relocation Equity Grants available that can help make coming on campus easier. You can still apply if you receive the Centrelink Relocation Scholarship! • If ever there comes a time when the pantry is bare, you can apply for Emergency Equity Food Vouchers available for students who are in need of immediate emergency assistance to purchase food and other essential items. • In times of crisis, a CSU Emergency Equity Grant can provide assistance to students who suffer unforeseen or emergency events such as accidents, fire, flood, natural disasters, theft or unexpected illness or health problems. • You can even get assistance with costs associated with compulsory workplace learning placements with a Professional Placement Equity Grant. These grants can go towards expenses such as travel, accommodation and uniforms. • Distance education students who are required to attend on campus compulsory residential schools and are of low socio-economic status are eligible to apply for a Residential School Equity Grant. Residential schools are fantastic opportunities to gain hands-on experience and interact with your peers and lecturers, so a helping hand in getting you there can be of great value. • I f you need help getting started with online access, Technology Equity Grants are available for the purchase of computer equipment and broadband internet so you can get connected for study. There are also Textbook Equity Grants to assist first-year distance education students with purchasing compulsory textbooks.
Tips on completing your scholarship application Scholarships create opportunities for students to realise their potential. Give yourself the best chance to be rewarded by taking note of the following tips: • k eep an eye out for scholarships that appeal to you and start looking early - some scholarships close in November the year before you start • allow yourself plenty of time to put thought into your application and make changes to your draft before submitting your application form. Always work in Word before copying your responses into the application • pay attention to the criteria and think carefully about whether you meet the requirements. Note whether success is dependent primarily on an academic or financial needs basis and address that in the application • f ollow the guidelines. Most scholarships have precisely defined rules for applicants, definite closing dates and requirements for you to provide supporting documentation, so know what you have to do and give yourself the best chance • i f you need supporting letters or documents, chase them up early and have them verified if required. Scan them so they are ready to be uploaded with your application • ask a parent, teacher or friend to read your application and the criteria. They may be able to give you some ideas, or pick up any spelling or grammar mistakes you may not have noticed • if you are not sure about something — ask. Contact CSU’s Scholarships Office for assistance. This contact can make all the difference!
How to make yourself a good candidate To increase your chances of being selected as the recipient of a CSU scholarship there are some simple things you can do to make yourself stand out from the crowd: • get involved and actively participate in the community, your school, TAFE or university, sporting or charitable organisations. Some scholarships require that successful candidates are involved in society, and not just academically qualified, so engage yourself in groups that interest you. • educate yourself by keeping up-to-date with current affairs, reading literature or by observing other cultures through travel or intercultural events. This may help you to describe what it is about you that makes a positive contribution to the community. • practise interpersonal skills, learn how to express yourself and to defend your views, while still allowing for other opinions. Some Foundation or external scholarships involve interviews, and if successful, you may be asked to speak on the benefits of your scholarship to the funding group.
The personal statement Often a scholarship application will require the applicant to submit a personal statement that addresses the criteria. It is important to know what the committee is looking for and who you can ask for help: • academic qualifications – from any training or courses you may have completed •
social skills and community involvement – school and other organisations you are involved with
• leadership skills – employers, mentors or school principal • personal characteristics – ask parents, teachers and/or mentors for a reference • b ack up what you say – it is important to include real life examples that show your attributes and if financial need or overcoming hardship is relevant, ensure you can demonstrate this.
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