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Diverse mix of university and school scholarships
Merit-based, need-based and specialised grants • How to successfully apply for a scholarship or bursary
Instead of making prospective scholarship
recipients sit an exam, International School
of WA (ISWA) Principal Maria Coate is set to
revolutionise the scholarship program with a
new online component.
“We are trying to do something a little bit
different,” she said. “What we have decided is
that we would have an ePortfolio application.
“Essentially, what we are trying to achieve
at ISWA is to let people know who we are
and to encourage more local students,
as we have both the space and very high
The school has traditionally attracted a large
number of international students due to its
Northern Hemisphere school dates and high
We are not making students
sit a scholarship exam, as we
believe if you meet a student
face to face, interview them and
examine their portfolio, you can
find the right child.
Ms Coate said local students were encouraged
to apply via an ePortfolio and include a cover
letter and past academic transcripts, as well as
examples of leadership and community service.
She said this took the focus off being solely
academic and encouraged well-rounded
students to apply.
Scholarships process at the International
School of WA broadens into digital domain
Time management, stress management and
speed reading, all important for Western
Australian school children, will be on the agenda
at the 2015 Study Skills course, held by Top
Marks Learning Centre.
Top Marks is a WA institution designed to assist
students with a variety of study skills.
The intensive Study Skills course is run over
three days during the school holidays at Edith
Cowan University’s Joondalup and Mount
“One of the key areas of concern for
students at school isn’t so much the content
in classes, it is the ability to be able to
remember the information,” Top Marks owner
Ann Spence said.
“This course is a fun, high-paced, intensive
three-day course that gives students exactly the
tools that will make school life a lot easier.”
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The University of Western Australia (UWA) is encouraging
Year 12 students to apply for its next round of scholarships
that will open on June 1 this year.
UWA offers more than 450 scholarships worth about
$42 million every year to undergraduate and postgraduate
students from all walks of life.
“The university has a long tradition of promoting,
recognising and rewarding excellence within our
community, but is also very committed to ensuring
equity and access for all students, not just high achievers
or people with the capacity to pay,” Coursework
Scholarship, Graduate Research and Scholarships
Manager Maxine Cutter said.
This continuous support has immensely
influenced my determination to perform
to the best of my ability, so as to pursue
an honours degree and improve my
“In addition to academic scholarships, there are many
scholarships available for students experiencing financial
hardship, with a disability, originating from a rural or
remote area or those who have experienced other
Applications for the next round of scholarships will close
on September 30.
Financial support boosts
determination to succeed
There are two other rounds which open in January and June
for existing UWA students.
UWA student N’Gadie Roberts said the university’s Fairway
scholarship program had tremendously eased the financial
burden of further study.
“As a full-time student I no longer feel the compelling need
to take up a regular, part-time job,” she said.
“This has allowed me to focus on the career pathway
I want to pursue and to direct my efforts and concentration
into preparing for assignments and exams, in addition to
covering the cost of books and stationery.
“This continuous support has immensely influenced my
determination to perform to the best of my ability, so
as to pursue an honours degree and improve my career
prospects. Fairway has helped make my dream
of studying at UWA come true.”
Ms Roberts is currently studying microbiology and
immunology, with a second major in English and
When looking for a scholarship, students can visit
www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au, which provides access to
the university’s searchable database.
Every year thousands of scholarships and
bursaries are awarded to deserving students
to help them further their education and
create a better future.
Across Western Australia there are a number
of merit-based, need-based and specialised
scholarships that can provide substantial
assistance by funding further education.
Gaining one of these scholarships can give
people a helping hand, offering those who
would not otherwise carry out further study
the opportunity to do so.
This guide will help you navigate the
universities and schools that can provide
the best scholarship to help with your studies.
A good amount of research should go into
finding the right scholarship for you by
looking at the different options on offer from
universities, schools and private institutions.
Scholarships can be competitive so the key to standing out
above the rest and gaining that all-important assistance is
to ensure you submit an outstanding application.
Find stellar references
Networking is not only important for your work life, it is
important for your study life. Connect with people who are
able to provide you with amazing references and outline
your suitability for the scholarship. Connect with industry
leaders and well-known academic figures to give your
application a boost.
Get your essay right
There is nothing more off-putting to a decision panel
reading thousands of essays than a document filled with
spelling errors. The best way to avoid this is to ask if anyone
in your network has fantastic editing skills and get them to
put your essay through the ringer. Alternatively, there are a
number of websites where you can find professionals ready
to edit your work for a small fee.
Put yourself out there
A long list of co-curricular activities looks impressive on an
application. Volunteering is a great way to help others and
demonstrate your community spirit, while holding down a
part-time job during study will demonstrate a strong work
ethic and time management skills.
Provide the required documents
For scholarships based on need, you will be required
to provide documentation, such as medical reports or
proof of Centrelink income support. Make sure you
read through the conditions and documentation
required of each individual scholarship before you
submit your application.
How to nail the application
The University of Western Australia’s Fairway scholarship has helped student N’Gadie Roberts realise a dream.
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Lending a helping hand
to deserving WA students
Strategies covered during the course include
speed-reading, effective note taking, improving
memory, stress and time management, a revision
program and efficient summarising.
“Each component of the course is the
development of a set of strategies that students
can take away with them and use immediately in
the classroom,” Ms Spence said.
“Each of the areas are from the latest research
into how our brain works and this package is
directly related to WA schools and the WA
Curriculum. Our presenters are fully qualified
and trained teachers with many years of
experience working with high school students.
“We are so confident with our course that if your
child attends and is not completely satisfied, we
offer a full money back guarantee.”
For more information visit www.topmarks1.com
or contact Ann on 9091 7374.
Strategies and tools enhance achievements
ISWA Principal Maria Coate talks with students.
“This would be an academic excellence
scholarship, so the student would be a straight-A
student, with an all-rounder profile,” she said.
“We are not making students sit a scholarship
exam, as we believe if you meet a student face to
face, interview them and examine their portfolio,
you can find the right child.
“It’s also very important that the student has
the right ‘cultural fit’ to the school. We think it’s
something innovative, where we can tap into
something different in a child.”
ISWA offers several points of difference to
conventional schools, including the International
Baccalaureate PYP and Diploma program
(allowing a portable education) and Advanced
Placement courses (allowing second-year entry
into US universities).
For more information about scholarship
opportunities with ISWA, contact registrar Vivien
Porzig via firstname.lastname@example.org or 9285 1144.
If you’re thinking of going to university, it’s a
good idea to find out what scholarships are
available to you, according to Edith Cowan
University (ECU) Bachelor of Computer Science
student Lachlan Morrison.
Mr Morrison applied for the Westpac
Bicentennial Foundation Young Technologists
Scholarship while visiting ECU’s campus prior to
commencing his degree.
That chance encounter led him to becoming
one of two inaugural winners of the scholarship,
worth $5000 per year for up to five years of study.
Mr Morrison said he was concerned about how
he would afford studying at university and the
scholarship had “helped a tonne”.
“Anyone thinking about studying at university
should check out the support that is available,”
he said. “This scholarship is going to make a big
difference to me throughout my studies.”
ECU is one of only four universities in Australia
to offer the Westpac Young Technologists
Scholarship, which is open to Year 12 school
leavers who will commence a technology-related
Study support pays off
Scholarships Bursaries GUIDE
While it is commonly believed scholarships are based on socioeconomic
standing or academic ability only, there are grants available based on
other criteria also. Do your research to see what’s on offer. You could find
a bursary, such as the ones listed here, that will set you on the right path.
Australian Defence Force Sponsorship
If you’ve ever thought of serving your country, it just may be time to
alert your university. Students who commit to a rewarding career in the
navy, army or air force have access to a salary while studying, a text book
allowance and free health care.
John D’Orazio Memorial Scholarship
Did you know that where you live can also help your access to
scholarships? First-year students who are residents of Bayswater can
apply for the John D’Orazio Memorial Scholarship.
Graduate Women (WA)
This one is for ladies who are enrolled in a higher degree by research in
the humanities and women who are preparing to publish their PhD. There
are a number of scholarships available for women who are pushing the
envelope of research.
AustCham China Scholarships
There are many scholarships on the market for students who are ready
to study or work in another country. This is not only a great way to
experience life in another country, but can enhance your resume and give
you great industry contacts. A number of companies are involved in the
AustCham China scholarship, which includes return flights to China and a
minimum nine-month internship.
Catering for all requirements
ECU student Lachlan Morrison.
The Young Technologists Scholarship is one of
many scholarships ECU offers to current and
These include scholarships for high academic
achievers, people from low socioeconomic
backgrounds, people with a disability, Aboriginal
and/or Torres Strait Islander students and people
from rural areas.
ECU is committed to attracting and
supporting the best students, regardless of
their socioeconomic status. For more
information on ECU’s scholarship offerings,