Applications open


Number available


Closing date

28 February 2022

Scholarship details


Newcastle Aboriginal Support Group, Con & Athie Ellis, and community members.


This scholarship was established to honour the memory of Jack Doherty, who founded the Newcastle Aboriginal Support Group in 1980. Jack saw tertiary education as a key factor in Aboriginal empowerment. The intention of the scholarship is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete studies at the University of Newcastle. The scholarship was established with funds from the former Newcastle Aboriginal Support Group.

Funds have also been contributed in memory of Athie and Con Ellis, who migrated to Australia in the late 1940’s. 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.

For more information on this scholarship, please review the full Terms and Conditions.


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

  • Be enrolled in any year of an undergraduate program with the University of Newcastle.
  • Be enrolled full-time.
  • Demonstrate academic progress either by the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent required for entry for commencing students, or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 for continuing students.
  • Establish your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity and heritage with the university as outlined here.
  • Not have previously completed a degree.
  • Not be the recipient of another University of Newcastle 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 personal statement (approx. 1 A4 page) outlining your academic achievements, career aspirations in the relevant area of study, and how this scholarship would assist you.


The scholarship currently provides a benefit of $4,000 to be paid as two lump sums of $2,000 after semester one and semester two census dates.


Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of assessment of the application and supporting documents against the eligibility criteria


Contact Details

Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.