Nina Doratis Scholarship for Strings

Amount$1250Number Available1FacultyFaculty of Education and Arts
DonorMrs Zeny Giles

This scholarship was established by Mrs Zeny Giles in memory of her mother, Mrs Nina Doratis. It is designed to help young musicians who show significant strings ability and musicianship to further their potential.

Nina Doratis migrated as an eight year old form the Greek island of Castellorizo arriving in Sydney in 1924. Forced to leave school at the age of eleven, she was determined that her own children would have a good education. As a lover of music she also encouraged her children to play musical instruments. Later in life one of her joys was to listen to three of her grandchildren practise the violin as students of the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.

Applicable to: Music Students, strings players.


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

  • Be enrolled in Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts or any degree combined with a Bachelor of Music (except a Bachelor of Teaching)
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, (one page only) on how you will use the money to further your music education, your plans and your career aspirations
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Three (3) pieces you intend to play at audition.

One (1) scholarship will be awarded for a benefit of $1250 payable following selection and not prior to Semester 1 census date.


Selection of the scholar will be on a case by case assessment of applications.

Whilst a demonstrated affinity with the viola is preferred, students may have a demonstrated ability with any stringed instrument, including guitar.

Applicants must be available for an audition/interview in which they will perform these three contrasting string pieces.

At this audition, candidates will be assessed on:

  • technical ability,
  • oral skills
  • demonstrated musicianship.

  • Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details


Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

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