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Catherine and Peter Tay Excellence Fund


This scholarship was established in 2013 by Catherine and Peter Tay, of Singapore. It is a continuing demonstration of appreciation that in 1968 Peter Tay received his undergraduate education for a double degree in Industrial Engineering and Economics from the University of Newcastle through a Colombo Plan Scholarship from the Australian Government. That scholarship became a stepping stone in Peter's life-long achievements, and helped him to become what he is today. Catherine and Peter Tay hope that an Australian student may likewise benefit from the opportunities and experience that such a scholarship would offer.

Its purpose is to encourage high achieving students in districts served by the University of Newcastle to enrol full-time in a School of Engineering undergraduate degree at the Callaghan Campus. This scholarship is offered to the highest ranked commencing student in a Bachelor degree in the School of Engineering at the University of Newcastle with an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) score (or equivalent) of 99.0 or above.


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

  • Be commencing in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) undergraduate program within the School of Engineering.
  • Be enrolling in the first year of your first undergraduate degree
  • Be offered admission on the basis of a Year 12 Higher School Certificate ATAR with a minimum rank of 99.0 (not inclusive of adjustment factors).
  • Be enrolling full-time at the Callaghan Campus
  • Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • 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.

  • None Required.


The scholarship provides $8,000 annually, with payments of $4,000 made each semester after the relevant census date, for a period of up to four (4) years.

One scholarship is awarded each year with a total maximum benefit of $32,000 over the full tenure of the scholarship.


Applications are not submitted for this scholarship. Scholarships are automatically awarded following Semester 1 Main Round Admissions.

Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of academic merit, namely the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or International Baccalaureate in Australia. The scholarship will be awarded to the highest ranked commencing undergraduate student in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 99.0 or above.

Should there be no commencing student in a Bachelor degree within the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment with an ATAR score (or equivalent) of 99.0 or above, then no High Achiever Scholarship will be offered that year.

Preference will be given to students who completed their Higher School Certificate in the year prior to entering University at a school that qualifies for the University's Regional and Rural Preference Scheme.

School Postcodes included in the Regional and Rural Preference Scheme:

  • Central Coast 2250-2263
  • Mid-North Coast 2431-2459
  • Hunter Region 2264-2338 and 2413-2430
  • New England 2339-2412
  • Central West 2787-2820 and 2845-2877
  • Western Plains 2821-2844 and 2878
  • Northern Rivers 2460-2483
  • Broken Hill 2879-2880

At the commencement of the second and subsequent years, each scholar is required to submit an essay of approximately 400 words on one aspect of Singapore, relating to its people, economy, geography, history, culture, political system etc. The essay content shall demonstrate analysis, critical thinking and be of an acceptably high standard.


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.