Irena Ivanovic-Howley Scholarship

Amount$1500Number Available1FacultiesFaculty of Business and LawFaculty of Education and ArtsFaculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentFaculty of Health and MedicineFaculty of Science and Information Technology
DonorVarious Donors

This scholarship was established to commemorate Irena's life and academic achievements and assist other students of non-English speaking backgrounds who have completed the Open Foundation or Newstep program and are enrolled in the University of Newcastle. It is a scholarship established in perpetuity made possible through the generous support of staff and members of the community to the Irena Ivanovic-Howley Scholarship Fund.

Irena was born in Bosnia. Following the war, she immigrated to Australia with her family and in the same year, enrolled in Open Foundation at the University of Newcastle. As her familiarity with the English language improved, her academic abilities shone through. She received first class Honours in Commerce, won awards and was appointed a Lecturer in Finance in the Newcastle Business School at the University of Newcastle. Irena died in 2005 following a short battle with cancer. Although her life was short she inspired many.

Applicable to: Commencing, 1st Year, Enabling, English Second Language, high Achievers.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the first year of the program of study
  • Have completed the Open Foundation or Newstep program at the University of Newcastle
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum 30 units).
  • Not be the recipient of another UON Donor funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently.
  • Be an Australian Citizen or Be a Permanent Resident
  • Have English as a second language
Required Documentation

If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.

Provide a one (1) page statement outlining why you believe you should receive this scholarship.

  • Documentary proof of date and place of birth, arrival in Australia and language spoken at home (if not English,) if applicable
  • Scholarship Amount: $1,500
  • Number of scholarships available: 1

Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of academic merit, namely Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and a one (1) page statement outlining why applicant believes they should be granted the scholarship.

Interviews between nominated applicants and the selection committee will be arranged in the event of equal ranking.

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Education and Arts
  • Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
  • Faculty of Health and Medicine
  • Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details


Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

Phone: +61 2 4921 5000
Fax: +61 2 4921 5759