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Closing date

28 February 2022

Scholarship details


Roger Riordan


This scholarship fund was graciously established in 2001 by Dr Roger Riordan AM in memory of Koiki Eddie Mabo. The aim is to provide a scholarship fund that can be used for the purpose of assisting any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who is studying in the College of Health Medicine and Wellbeing.


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

  • Be enrolled in any year of an undergraduate program within the College of Health Medicine and Wellbeing.
  • 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 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 application will include a question asking you to briefly outline (1-2 paragraphs) how you will contribute to improving Aboriginal health as a qualified practitioner.


The scholarship will provide an annual benefit of $5,000, payable as installments of $2,500 following each semester census date provided ongoing eligibility criteria are met.

The scholarship is ongoing for the standard duration of the program for which it is awarded (3 - 5 years of study).


Selection is a competitive process and will be based on assessment of the scholarship application and any required supporting documents. The Selection Committee will take into account prior academic achievement, career interests, community leadership, and involvement with extra-curricular activities.


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.