Shaping Futures Scholarships

Amount$4000Number Available30FacultiesFaculty of Business and LawFaculty of Education and ArtsFaculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentFaculty of Health and MedicineFaculty of Science and Information Technology
DonorPublic at Large

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, 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, 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:

  • Jennie Thomas Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Friends of the University Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Jayce and Seamus Fagan Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Archie and Phyllis McMillen Shaping Futures Scholarship for Teaching, Law, or Science
  • Gladys Tyrrell Shaping Futures Scholarship in Medicine
  • Glen Avery Memorial Shaping Futures Scholarship
  • Gerard Beiboer Shaping Futures Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor Alan Roberts Shaping Futures Scholarship in Engineering
  • 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: financially disadvantaged, disability, regional or remote disadvantage, carer or parenting responsibilities, low income, undergraduate, International, High Achievers.


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 (minimum 30 units).
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement; either by an ATAR of 75 or higher for commencing students, or GPA of 5.0 for continuing students.
  • Demonstrate that the ability to study is affected, or will be affected, by an area of educational disadvantage such as exceptional financial hardship, relocation, carer or parenting responsibilities, long term medical condition or recurrent illness.
  • 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 (max 2 A4 pages) outlining your experience of educational disadvantage and how this scholarship would assist you and your career aspirations.
  • Optional: Any additional documentation that supports your written statement, such as evidence of a centrelink income. If multiple, plese combine into one document.

The scholarship provides a benefit of $4000 to be paid as a lump sum following selection and after semester 1 census date.

The number of scholarships awarded may vary according to the funding raised in each academic year. There are an estimated 30 scholarships available for 2016.


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. Interviews may be arranged if required.

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Education and Arts
  • Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
  • Faculty of Health and Medicine
  • Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details


Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

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