Shaping Futures Scholarships

Amount$4000Number Available10FacultiesFaculty of Business and LawFaculty of Education and ArtsFaculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentFaculty of Health and MedicineFaculty of Science and Information Technology
DonorPublic at Large

This scholarship was established by the University of Newcastle (UON) Foundation to assist gifted and disadvantaged students with their studies at the University of Newcastle. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be academically gifted but also facing hardship from factors such as being from a low socio-economic background, coming from a rural or remote area, living with disabilities, or having carer or parenting responsibilities.

Funds are being sought through donations to the University of Newcastle (UON) Foundation (including the Annual Appeal) from existing donors and University of Newcastle Alumni to build and sustain the Shaping Futures Scholarship Fund.

Students applying for this scholarship should also consider applying for the Singapore Alumni Scholarship.

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.
  • 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 the ability to study is affected, or will be affected, by an area of educational disadvantage such as exceptional financial hardship, relocation, carer or parenting responsibilities, long term medical condition or recurrent illness.
  • 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 outlining your experience of financial and/or educational disadvantage.

The scholarship provides a benefit of $4000 to be paid as a lump sum following Semester 1 census date (31 March).

The scholarship benefit and number of scholarships awarded may vary and will be determined by the funding raised in each academic year.


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. Interviews may be arranged if required.

  • 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