Frequently Asked Questions
When are scholarships advertised?
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Who do I contact for information about scholarships?
For any queries related to Fremantle and Broome scholarships, contact:
Stefania Demurtas, Development Manager by phone on (08) 9433 0682 or via email at email@example.com
For any queries related to Sydney scholarships, contact:
Amy Easton, Development Officer by phone (02) 8204 4393 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there any scholarships available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students?
Can I apply for a scholarship if I am not an Australian citizen?
Notre Dame offers scholarships to students who are Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and international students.
How many scholarships can I apply for?
You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish providing you meet the eligibility criteria.
What do I write in my personal statement?
In your Personal Statement you will need to address the Selection Criteria of the scholarship you are applying for. Use each of the selection criteria as headings. Some common examples of selection criteria include:
- Demonstrated financial need of the applicant
- Any responsibility the applicant may have for others (for example, significant carer responsibilities)
- Personal circumstances or background which warrants special consideration
- The ways in which the award of the Scholarship would assist the applicant
- Academic merit
It is essential to respond to each criterion, writing at least one to two paragraphs explaining how you have demonstrated the particular skill, quality, or need. If relevant, provide examples from your work, study or community roles. Be clear and to the point. If a word limit is set, ensure you adhere to it, and edit your responses for grammar, spelling and punctuation.
What should the reference letters include?
With your scholarship application form you will need to include two written reference letters. Ideally, the two letters will consist of an educational/professional reference, and a character reference.
Your referees can include a current or previous employer; a representative of an organisation you are volunteering or have volunteered for; or one of your lecturers. We suggest you provide your referee with a copy of the scholarship conditions so that the reference can be written with a particular focus. If applying for several scholarships, please ask the referee to write the relevant scholarship name on each reference.
Letters from spouses, partners, and family members, neighbours or personal friends will not be considered.
Which additional supporting documents can I submit with my applicant?
Additional supporting documents will depend on your personal and financial situation, and what you are able to provide at the time of your application. These can include proof of Centrelink income, a medical certificate, previous academic records, or a copy of your passport if you are an international student.
What is the duration of each scholarship?
The duration of each scholarship varies. A scholarship can be awarded for one year or for the duration of the course you are enrolled in at the time of your application.
Who is considered a rural student?
To be considered a rural student you have to demonstrate that you have lived or studied for at least five years (consecutive or cumulative) after commencing primary school in a place classified by the Australian Standard Geographic Classification – Remote Areas (ASGC-RA) system as level 2-5.
How will my scholarship be paid?
Scholarship funds will be paid in two installments, in Semester 1 and Semester 2. The second installment will be paid upon confirmation of the recipient's Satisfactory Academic Progress by the School they are enrolled in.
What are my duties as a scholarship recipient?
Scholarship recipients are required to submit mid-year and end of year progress reports to the scholarship donor. Reports should include academic results, an update on other selection criteria, and other relevant feedback.
Will I be told if I have been unsuccessful?
If you have been unsuccessful you will be notified via email.
How do I establish a scholarship?
If you are a Donor and wish to establish a scholarship that is not already offered, see here.