Applications closed


Number available


Closing date

10 March 2017

Scholarship details


Roger Riordan


This scholarship was established in 2001, from a trust fund established in memory of Koiki Eddie Mabo. This fund was graciously established by Roger Riordan, Director of the computer virus detection company, Cybec Pty Ltd. The aim is to provide a scholarship fund that can be used for the purpose of assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are studying in the Faculty of Health at the University of Newcastle.

Roger was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2002 for service to the community, particularly through the provision of a range of scholarship funds, and to information technology as a pioneer in the field of computer antivirus software.


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

  • Be enrolled in any year of an undergraduate degree with the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle.
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum 30 units).
  • 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.
  • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be recognised as such by your community.
  • 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.

  • A written statement demonstrating/outlining your academic achievements to date, career aspirations in the relevant area of study/research and how this scholarship would assist you.
  • Confirmation of Aboriginality (Common Seal) and a written reference made by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community member who knows you in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community.


The scholarship is ongoing for the duration of the program from date of offer and provides a maximum benefit of $25,000 for a 5 year program.

The annual benefit of $5,000 is payable in two lump sum payments of $2,500 after the semester 1 and semester 2 census dates each year and provided ongoing eligibility is met.


Selection is a competitive process and will be based on assessment of the scholarship application and any required supporting documents.


Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

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