Applications open


Number available


Closing date

28 February 2022

Scholarship details


This is a donor-funded scholarship from The Penn Foundation.


The Penn Foundation Scholarship was established to support an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student commencing in the Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursing degree.

For more information on this scholarship, please review the Terms and Conditions.


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

  • Be enrolled in 1st year of a Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursing undergraduate program with the University of Newcastle.
  • Establish your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity and heritage with the university as outlined here.
  • Be the holder of an Indian passport.

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 personal statement (approx. 1 A4 page) outlining your academic achievements, career aspirations in the relevant area of study, and how this scholarship would assist you.


The scholarship provides a total benefit of $10,000 paid in two lump sums of $5,000 after the relevant census dates (usually in April and September). Scholarship duration is one year.


Selection is a competitive process and will be based on assessment of the applicant's personal statement, with reference to the eligibility criteria.

Selection will be made by the Indigenous Selection Panel which will consist of a minimum of three members chosen by the Pro Vice-Chancellor – Indigenous Strategy and Leadership.

Preference will be given to Midwifery Students.

All applicants will be notified of an outcome via email. This will occur within around 6 weeks of the scholarship application closing date.


College of Health Medicine and Wellbeing

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.