Joy Ingall Scholarship for Music Studies

Amount$15000Number Available1FacultyFaculty of Education and Arts
DonorNorman Bushman
EstablishmentJoy Ingall (née Davis) demonstrated a natural talent for the piano early in her life. Her aptitude and dedication, coupled with her mother's support, saw her graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Diploma and Licentiate Certificates. Her ability was also recognised by the ABC, who featured her in radio broadcasts.

Joy pursed her musical studies in the UK, eventually meeting and marrying her husband there. Returning to Australia, she raised six children and as a result, her musical career receded into the background. However, there were still occasional performances at public gatherings, such as parties and meetings of the Labour party. It was at one such function that she met Norman Bushman who, with his passion for music, recognised her talent and encouraged her to pursue her musical career.

As a first step, she began giving lessons and played a key role in nurturing many fine musicians. Sadly, she succumbed to cancer before she could fulfill all her dreams and the hopes of supporters like Mr Bushman. Out of a deep respect for her dedication and musicianship, Norman Bushman took on the support of her family and made a commitment to keeping her memory alive.

Application is invited from students enrolled in Undergraduate (including Honours), Postgraduate, and Postdoctoral levels of study in Music. Please note, Postdoctoral students should contact for information on how to apply.

Applicable to: Music, Undergraduate, Honours, Postgraduate, Postdoctoral, High Achievers.


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

  • Be enrolled in the Bachelor of Music (including Honours), any combined program incorporating Bachelor of Music, or any postgraduate degree in Music.
  • Be enrolled full-time.
  • Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 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.

  • Provide a one (1) A4 page submission outlining the applicant's goals as a musician

One (1) scholarship will be available at any one time.

This scholarship provides the benefit of $15000 per annum, payable in lump sum payments of $7500 each semester after the census date.


Applicants for the scholarship must complete and submit the relevant scholarship application form to the Scholarships Officer. Postdoctoral students should contact to apply.

Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of:

  • One (1) A4 page submission outlining the applicant's goals as a musician submitted with your scholarship application.
  • An interview with the selection committee for shortlisted applicants.
  • A performance or creative portfolio of three contrasting works, which can include original material, accompanied by an oral presentation on the works (approx. duration 30 mins) presented at interview.
  • Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details


Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
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Phone: +61 2 4921 5000
Fax: +61 2 4921 5759