Why we need your help

Donations to the Shaping Futures Endowment Fund provide scholarships for those students who are most in need.

These are students who have health problems and disabilities or are facing severe financial hardship - students with carer responsibilities or family problems, or a combination of any of these issues.  

The financial assistance from the scholarship can help with expenses such as tuition fees, text books, travel, computer equipment, medical expenses, food and accommodation.

That's why we established the Shaping Futures Endowment Scholarship Fund to help inspirational students who are determined to follow their dreams against all odds.

Your donation will help to support these students and relieve the more extreme economic pressures they face daily. Through this financial assistance, scholarship recipients will be able to focus more on their studies and academic achievement.

Giving to a scholarship is so much more than financial support – it unlocks potential, gives encouragement and can profoundly impact a student's life. Being awarded a scholarship is also a validation of a student's ability. The recipient gains a sense of recognition that encourages not only a greater sense of self-confidence, but a genuine determination to strive for excellence in their academic study.

The experience of receiving a scholarship for a disadvantaged student can, quite literally, be transformational.

Eligible donations to the University of Newcastle of $2 or more are tax deductible in Australia.

Why do we need more scholarships for disadvantaged and gifted students?

Full-time students can pay on average $16,000 per year for tuition fees. This does not include textbooks, photocopying, computer equipment, stationary, lab manuals, study materials, travel or living away from home expenses. Living on campus can cost up to $15,000 a year and renting a house can cost even more.

Around 48 per cent of the Hunter's population comes from low socio-economic (financially disadvantaged) backgrounds. Close to one-third of our students fall into this category, almost double the national average participation rate - that's more than 9,000 students. We are very proud of the support we provide to our disadvantaged students but we need more help.

Recent research undertaken across all universities in Australia found that two-thirds of undergraduate students live on income below the poverty line, and that 22.7 per cent of full-time students were found to regularly skip classes because they needed to attend employment.*

If we don't help these students they may drop out - this means their dreams go unfulfilled and their potential undiscovered.

(*Source: Bexley, E., S. Arkoudis, S. & James, R. (2013). University student finances in 2012: A study of the financial circumstances of domestic and international students in Australia's universities. Canberra: Universities Australia.)