The University of Newcastle, Australia
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03 March 2021

Scholarship details




The Shaping Futures Scholarship Program 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 managing their academic progress alongside personal circumstances such as:

  • Carer responsibilities
  • English language difficulty
  • Financial hardship
  • Long term medical condition/ disability or ongoing effects of abuse
  • Regional or remote disadvantage
  • Sole parent responsibilities
  • Additional attributes such as Indigenous Australian or having Refugee status.

It is hoped that the Shaping Futures Scholarships will provide much needed support for students to continue to overcome adversity 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.

Our named Shaping Futures Scholarships include:

  • A J Miller Shaping Futures Scholarship in Economics or Accounting
  • Andrew Brown Shaping Futures Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering
  • Andrew Brown Shaping Futures Scholarship for Women in STEM
  • 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 - Newcastle
  • Castle Personnel Shaping Futures Disability Scholarship - Central Coast
  • Central Coast Campus Union Shaping Futures Scholarships (5)
  • Dr Peter Hendry Shaping Futures Scholarship for first year Medicine
  • Duncan Cruickshank Shaping Futures Scholarship in Pharmacy
  • Gerard Beiboer Shaping Futures Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering
  • Gladys Tyrrell Shaping Futures Scholarship in Medicine
  • Glen Avery Memorial Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Ikara-Flinders Ranges Challenge Indigenous Shaping Futures Scholarship (4)
  • Janet Copley Women in Humanities and Social Sciences Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • MacRae Neales Shaping Futures Scholarship for Indigenous Medical Students
  • MacRae Neales Shaping Futures Scholarship for Medical Students (2)
  • Professor Alan Roberts Shaping Futures Scholarships in Engineering (4)
  • Shaping Futures Science Scholarship
  • The Lachlan King Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Tiffany See Shaping Futures Scholarship for Women in STEM
  • Trevor and Helen Waring Shaping Futures Scholarship in Psychology, History or Music
  • Val Clark Shaping Futures Scholarship in Social Work

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 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 personal circumstances, 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.
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen.
  • 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.

  • Documents required may vary depending on your application reponses. Please refer to the Your Documents section of your application for information on what you will need to provide.


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 available is indicative only. The actual number of scholarships awarded will vary according to the funding raised in each academic year.


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