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June Scholarship Alert 

Semester One 2018 is coming to a close, and there are many scholarship applications opening or due soon.

Click here to view the current opportunities.


Meg Irwin Bursary Scheme

Established by a donation from Meg Irwin, this bursary is available to post-secondary First Australian female health and allied health students, known to Weenthunga Health Network and its allies. The scheme is intended to financially assist these students who are facing financial hardship, so they can achieve their education goals.

The Meg Irwin Bursary Scheme aims to look after the bodies and education of young women in tertiary health courses. Students may apply for specific funding (textbooks, Police/Working With Children checks, shoes, etc), or generalised assistance funding (displacement for study, university fees, etc).

To be eligible to receive the Bursary, students must; be known to a Weenthunga staff member or a Weenthunga board member, or; be recommended by an ally of Weenthunga Health Network, and; submit a request for funding, and; meet with Weenthunga’s Health and Education Consultant for an interview to determine eligibility and financial needs.

Please email Weenthunga’s Health and Education Consultant (steff@weenthunga.com.au) to begin the process.

Note: There are no deadlines for applications. The Meg Irwin Bursary is available year-round.



Towards a Just Society Fund Bursary

The Towards a Just Society Fund has funded this Bursary, which is open to First Australian students with an interest in a health career and known to Weenthunga’s Health Network’s Health and Education Consultant. The Bursary is intended to relieve modest financial pressures faced by students, to assist them in achieving their education goals.

Weenthunga Health Network is built on trust and relationships, and recognises that financial hardships are experienced in many forms. Weenthunga’s Health and Education Consultant has a developed and confidential understanding of the hardships and challenges faced by the students, and will determine the needs of the students based on this understanding.

The Towards a Just Society Fund Bursary is intended to provide students with low-level, immediate access to financial support, as deemed necessary by Weenthunga’s Health and Education Consultant. Formal application for funding is not required.

If you believe this bursary may be of assistance to you and your studies, please email Weenthunga’s Health and Education Consultant (steff@weenthunga.com.au) to discuss your needs.




Rowan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowship

The Rowan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowship is designed to support individuals wanting to make a contribution in the area of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare. The Fellowship particularly aims to support the development of workers and future leaders in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare.

Eligibility: Australian citizens or permanent residents who have appropriate prior experience and/or education and wish to undertake approved programs / activities or further education or a research project.

Value: Up to $60,000 towards a salary, support or resources for a period of up to 12 months at a level commensurate with the Fellow's experience, qualifications and project proposal or a stipend and/or payment of course-fees to undertake approved training, education or research.

Click here for more information.

2019 applications will be opening on May 29th - June 23rd 2018.



 Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

Scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who in semester one 2018 will be studying an entry level course in any of the following health professions:

·       Aboriginal health work

·       Medicine (includes graduate entry level)

·       Allied health

·       Midwifery

·       Dentistry/oral health 

·       Nursing

The scholarship is valued up to $15,000 per year for the normal duration of the course.


For more information please visit the Australian College of Nursing's page



Mary MacKillop Foundation Scholarship

Mary Mackillop‘s philosophy was to ‘never see a need without doing something about it’. In 1998 a woman of similar mind approached the Foundation with the intention of righting an inequality. She wanted to help level the educational playing field for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and enable them to succeed by offering financial assistance.

The Tertiary Access and Support Scholarship supports students studying a tertiary qualification. The scholarship includes course fees, plus $3,000 per year towards living expenses associated with tertiary study for remaining years of course, pending successful completion of each semester, pending successful completion of each semester. 

Click here for more information. 

2019 applications will be opening on July 2nd - August 31st 2018.



Marrung Scholarships Open Pathways to Excellence

The Marrung Education Scholarship program provides scholarships to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Year 11 and 12. The Scholarships recognise students who demonstrate a high potential to succeed in their chosen pathway.

More than 160 students have shared in over $820,000 worth of scholarships since the program started in 2009. Recipients of the 2017 scholarships came from 17 different government schools across Victoria. The students are seeking to pursue careers in professions such as law, psychiatry, design, sports, the arts, and physiotherapy.

Applications for the 2018 Marrung Education Scholarships have closed. Please stay tuned for the opening of 2019 applications, or keep an eye on the website here.



RMIT Ngarara Willim Centre

The Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples can support and encourage you throughout your studies. Ngarara Willim means ‘gathering place’ in the language of the Wurundjeri, the traditional custodians of the land where RMIT stands.

Click here to visit them.


Additionally, the following flyers may be helpful:

Ngarara Willim Centre Overview

Ngarara Willim Centre Access Program

Ngarara Willim Centre Scholarships

Ngarara Willim Centre Orientation