Applications open


Number available


Closing date

28 February 2022

Scholarship details


City of Newcastle (Newcastle City Council)


This scholarship has been established to honour Meg Purser who was a passionate communications professional and female leader in the Newcastle community.

Meg is remembered for her charitable and behind the scenes work for organisations, such as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Hunter Breast Care Foundation and Got Your Back Sister. Meg served on many boards and committees over the past 20 years, including at the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation, Throsby Basin Business Chamber, Hunter Manufacturing Awards committee, Newcastle Business Club (inc being awarded Life Membership in 2008), Got Your Back Sista and WEA Hunter.

Meg invested considerable time in mentoring young people, particularly young women, who were interested in making a positive contribution to the city via the charity and not for profit sector, as well as sporting groups and associations.

This scholarship honours Meg by supporting a female student in the 2nd year of a Bachelor of Communications program with University of Newcastle.

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 2nd year of Bachelor of Communication program with the University of Newcastle.
  • Be enrolled full-time.
  • Be committed to making a positive contribution to the City 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 achievement through a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or higher
  • Be female.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • You may be required to provide documents to support your educational disadvantage claims. These will be identified when you apply based on your individual application responses.
  • Option to provide up to 3 documents which show your commitment to leadership within your community, such as a reference, proof of volunteering and community activities, leadership panel or club membership, articles or publication.


The scholarship provides a total benefit of $5000 to be paid as a lump sum after the relevant 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.


College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

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

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