Doherty Ellis Undergraduate Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

Amount$2000Number Available5FacultiesFaculty of Business and LawFaculty of Education and ArtsFaculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentFaculty of Health and MedicineFaculty of Science and Information Technology
DonorVarious donors
EstablishmentThis scholarships were established to honour the memory of Jack Doherty, who founded the Newcastle Aboriginal Support Group in 1980. Jack saw education as a key factor in Aborginal empowerment. The intention of the scholarship is to encourage both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete studies at the Univesity of Newcastle. The scholarships are funded by community donations under the auspices of the Newcastle Aborginal Support Group.

Funds have also been contributed in memory of Athie and Con Ellis, who migrated to Australia in the late 1940s. As well-educated Greek migrants facing social and financial difficulties, they understood the value of education and had a unique perspective on the problems faced by others in the community. They had no children of their own and were dedicated to helping further the education of young people.

Applicable to: Indigenous, ATSI, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, High Achievers.


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

  • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be recognised as such by your community
  • Be enrolled in your first undergraduate degree program
  • Be enrolled full-time
  • have completed at least 60 units of current program
  • Achieved at least a pass grade average in current program
  • Not have previously received this scholarship
  • Be an Australian Citizen or Be a Permanent Resident
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.

  • A written statement on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander achievements. These may be your own or those of someone you admire. Also explain your understanding of the significance of tertiary education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • A Confirmation of Aboriginality (Common Seal) and a written reference made by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community member who knows you in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community

The scholarship benefit will be up to $2000, depending on the number of successful applicants and the availability of funds. Payments will be made on a semester basis after the census dates.


The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of a written statement and academic merit.

The written statement must illustrate pride in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander achievements and an understanding of the significance of University education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Academic merit is the Grade Point Average of subjects completed in the current program.

The number of scholarships awarded is subject to the Committee's approval that the successful applicants have met all the eligibility and selection criteria.

  • 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 6404 or +61 2 4921 8849
Fax: +61 2 4921 6937