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10 March 2017

Scholarship details


Public at Large


The Shaping Futures Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 with the aim of helping those students who are most in need.

To be eligible for a Shaping Futures Scholarship students need to be academically capable but also facing educational disadvantage such as financial hardship, relocation from a regional or remote area, a long term or recurrent medical condition or illness, carer or sole parenting responsibilities, or a combination of these factors. It is hoped that the Shaping Futures Scholarships will provide much needed support for students to continue to overcome disadvantage and maintain their achievements.

These scholarships are funded entirely by generous donations from alumni, donors, staff, businesses and the community, and funds are continually sought via the Shaping Futures Appeal.

Successful applicants may be offered a Shaping Futures Scholarship from the broader scholarship fund or one of the following, individually funded scholarships of the same value:

  • Archie and Phyllis McMillen Shaping Futures Scholarship in Teaching, Law or Science
  • Castle Personnel Shaping Futures Disability Scholarship
  • Faculty of Education and Arts Shaping Future Scholarship
  • Gladys Tyrrell Shaping Futures Scholarship in Medicine
  • Glen Avery Memorial Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Godfrey Tanner Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Jennie Thomas Shaping Futures Scholarships (5)
  • Professor Alan Roberts Shaping Futures Scholarship in Engineering
  • Student Living Shaping Futures Scholarships (5)
  • Tiffany See Shaping Futures Scholarship for Women in STEMM
  • Trevor & Helen Waring Shaping Futures Scholarship in Psychology, History or Music
  • Val Clark Shaping Futures Scholarship in Social Work

Students applying for this scholarship should also consider applying for an ESSUN Scholarship and/or a Singapore Alumni Scholarship. Students studying B Science should also apply for the Shaping Futures Science Scholarship advertised separately.

Applicable to: financially disadvantaged, disability, regional or remote disadvantage, carer or parenting responsibilities, low income, undergraduate, International, High Achievers.


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

  • Be enrolled in any year of an undergraduate degree program at the University of Newcastle.
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum 30 units).
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement; either by an ATAR of 75 or higher for commencing students, or GPA of 5.0 for continuing students.
  • Demonstrate that you are affected by educational disadvantage, such as carer or sole parent, financial hardship, English language difficulty, Indigenous Australian, long term medical condition, disability, refugee status, regional/remote disadvantage.
  • Not be the recipient of another UON Donor-funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently.

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 (max 2 A4 pages) outlining your experience of educational disadvantage and how this scholarship would assist you and your career aspirations.
  • Optional: Any additional documentation that supports your written statement, such as evidence of a centrelink income. If multiple, please combine into one document.


The scholarship provides a benefit of $4000 to be paid as a lump sum following selection and after semester 1 census date.

The number of scholarships awarded may vary according to the funding raised in each academic year. There are an estimated 41 scholarships available for 2017.


Selection will be based on assessment of the scholarship application and any required supporting documents. Applications will be ranked against the criteria and offers made to the applicants who best meet the eligibility criteria.

Students will need to indicate whether they are a resident in UON on-campus accommodation to be considered for the Student Living Shaping Futures Scholarships. At least one of these named scholarships will be offered to an eligible resident of Edwards Hall.

The Castle Personnel Shaping Futures Disability Scholarship will be offered to a student who has a long term medical condition or disability and is registered with the University Disability Service.

Interviews may be arranged if required.


Contact Details

Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

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