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Closing date

03 March 2021

Scholarship details


Rotary International District 9670 Inc


Margaret Illukol was born in 1955 in Karimojong, a remote region in the north east of Uganda, where she was attacked by a hyena in 1963 and left with significant disfiguration. Margaret was treated over many years at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda before being assisted to come to Newcastle by Rotary District 967 in 1974. Newcastle Rotarian, Dr William Walker coordinated major reconstructive surgery for Margaret at Royal Newcastle Hospital. Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians in the District funded her medical care, education and social integration.

Margaret attended high school at St Joseph’s College, Lochinvar and then undertook studies in nursing at Gosford District Hospital, graduating in general nursing in 1983. She commenced work as a registered nurse at Royal Newcastle Hospital in 1984 and later at John Hunter Hospital and the Newcastle Mater Hospital. Margaret graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Newcastle in 1996. Margaret retained strong associations with Rotary and the families that supported her in Newcastle. Margaret died in 2015 and left her estate to the Rotary International District 9670 Inc to establish a Trust to be used for charitable purposes in the community within Rotary International District 9670 Inc boundaries.

Rotary International District 9670 Inc has decided to honour Margaret’s life by establishing equity scholarships with the University of Newcastle for students enrolled in human health studies. For the purpose of this scholarship, approved programs are (including Honours):

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Bachelor of Health Science
  • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Medical Science
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Podiatry
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology.

The intention of the scholarship is to support students who have an equity and financial need. Successful recipients may be invited by Rotary or the University to assist in promoting the scholarships to future applicants.

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 (including Honours) of one of the approved health studies programs listed for this scholarship with University of Newcastle.
  • Be enrolled either full-time or part-time.
  • Demonstrate academic progress with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 or higher and maintain this for the duration of scholarship.
  • Be in financial need.
  • You may demonstrate the impact of additional educational disadvantages such as carer, sole parent, long term medical condition/disability, ongoing effects of abuse, regional/remote disadvantage, English Language difficulty, Indigenous, or Refugee.
  • Reside within the Rotary District 9670. Eligible postcodes include: 2264, 2265, 2267, 2278, 2281– 2300, 2302 – 2311, 2314 – 2331, 2333 – 2338, 2415, 2420, 2421, 2425, 2820, 2821, 2823 –2825, 2827, 2830, 2835, 2839, 2840, 2842, 2843, 2844, 2848 – 2850, or 2852, 2873 – 2875 and 2831 (please note, this excludes towns outside the District boundary: Goodooga, Muriel, Pine Clump and Quambone).
  • 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.

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


The scholarship provides a maximum benefit of $12,000 over the full scholarship tenure.

You will receive $4000 each year, paid as instalments of $2000 following semester one and two census dates, usually in April and September.


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


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.