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Closing date

03 March 2021

Scholarship details


Ms Dianne Allen


This scholarship was established by Ms. Dianne Allen to acknowledge her grandfather, Frank Kent. Frank was born in Croydon, England in 1903. His family moved to Australia in 1910 and resided in the Singleton area. Frank received a scholarship (100 pounds) from the Northern Districts Agricultural Society in 1920 that enabled him to undertake a Diploma of Agriculture at the Hawkesbury Agricultural College. After graduating, Frank held positions at a stud and research farm in Werribee, Victoria. He then returned to Singleton and with his father, purchased a 200-acre farm (dairying and lucerne).

Frank’s focus was on applying agricultural science to pasture improvement and irrigation methods, in a practical and economic manner, to achieve profitable operations.

At age 36, Frank enlisted in the army where he served in the 2/30 Battalion during World War II and was based in Darwin during the Japanese bombing in February 1942.

Frank was discharged from the army in 1946 and was appointed Farm Manager at the CSIRO Experimental Station in Katherine NT. He also served 12 years as manager of Berrimah Experimental Farm specialising in plant introduction. In 1959 he wrote the book “Introduction to Agriculture in the Upper Half of the Northern Territory”. His contribution to agriculture in the Northern Territory was recognised with a street at the Katherine Experimental Station named after him as well as a pasture grass (Andropon gayanus Kunth (gamba grass) cv Kent).

Frank was a community minded person. He stood for the seat of Batchelor in the Northern Territory Legislative Council election in 1947 and for the seat of Darwin in 1951. He also supported many charities and fundraising efforts.

Frank recognised the benefits of education, supporting his children and grandchildren in undertaking tertiary study. He was a lifelong advocate of the value of education and was very proud that his three granddaughters attended this University. Frank died in 1985. His final act reflected his commitment to science and education, leaving his body to research.

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 science degree program with the University of Newcastle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen.
  • 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 total benefit of $5000 to be paid as a lump sum after the semester one census date.


Selection is a competitive process and will be based on assessment of the scholarship application and any required supporting documents, with reference to the eligibility criteria.

Selection will be made by the Faculty of Science Selection Panel which will consist of a minimum of three members chosen by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Science.


Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
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Phone: +61 2 4921 5000
Fax: +61 2 4921 5759

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