The University of Newcastle, Australia
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06 March 2019

Scholarship details




The Shaping Futures Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 with the aim of helping those students who are most in need.

To be eligible for a Shaping Futures Scholarship students need to be academically capable but also facing educational disadvantage such as financial hardship, relocation from a regional or remote area, a long term or recurrent medical condition or illness, carer or sole parenting responsibilities, an asylum seeker recently completing a UON enabling program, or a combination of these factors. It is hoped that the Shaping Futures Scholarships will provide much needed support for students to continue to overcome disadvantage and maintain their achievements.

These scholarships are funded entirely by generous donations from alumni, donors, staff, businesses and the community, and funds are continually sought via the Shaping Futures Appeal.

Successful applicants may be offered a Shaping Futures Scholarship from the broader scholarship fund or one of the following, individually funded scholarships of the same value:

  • Archie and Phyllis McMillen Shaping Futures Scholarship in Teaching, Law or Science
  • Cant Family Shaping Futures Scholarships in Engineering (4)
  • Castle Personnel Shaping Futures Disability Scholarship - Callaghan
  • Castle Personnel Shaping Futures Disability Scholarship - Central Coast
  • Central Coast Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Duncan Cruickshank Shaping Futures Scholarship in Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Education and Arts Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Gladys Tyrrell Shaping Futures Scholarship in Medicine
  • Glen Avery Memorial Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Godfrey Tanner Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Janet Copley Women in Humanities and Social Sciences Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • John Singleton Central Coast Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Larapinta Trail Challenge Indigenous Shaping Futures Scholarship (5)
  • Paul Munro Shaping Futures Scholarship in Visual Arts
  • Professor Alan Roberts Shaping Futures Scholarship in Engineering (3)
  • Shaping Futures Scholarship for Students Impacted by Drought (2)
  • Student Living Shaping Futures Scholarships (5)
  • Tiffany See Shaping Futures Scholarship for Women in STEM
  • Trevor & Helen Waring Shaping Futures Scholarship in Psychology, History or Music
  • Val Clark Shaping Futures Scholarship in Social Work

Students applying for this scholarship should also consider applying for an ESSUN Scholarship and/or a Singapore Alumni Scholarship.

Applicable to all study levels and undergraduate programs, international and domestic students, equity, financial disadvantage, rural, regional, remote, Indigenous Australian.


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

  • Be enrolled in any year of an undergraduate degree program at 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.
  • Demonstrate impact of educational disadvantage, such as carer, sole parent, financial hardship, English language difficulty, Indigenous Australian, long term medical condition or effects of abuse, disability, refugee status, regional/remote disadvantage.
  • 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 (approx 1 A4 page) outlining your academic achievement to date, experience of educational disadvantage, and how this scholarship would assist you and your career aspirations.

TIPS: Limit supporting documents to a few documents which support relevant eligibility criteria only. You may need to combine as one pdf for upload and include your name and student number (if you have one) in the document.


The scholarship provides a benefit of $4000 to be paid as a lump sum following selection and after Semester 1 census date (during April).

The number of scholarships awarded may vary according to the funding raised in each academic year. There are currently an estimated 58 scholarships available for 2019.


Selection will be based on assessment of the scholarship application and any required supporting documents. Applications will be ranked against the criteria and offers made to the applicants who best meet the eligibility criteria.

Students will need to indicate whether they are a resident in UON on-campus accommodation to be considered for the Student Living Shaping Futures Scholarships. At least one of these named scholarships will be offered to an eligible resident of Edwards Hall.

Interviews may be arranged if required.


Contact Details

Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

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