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Closing date

28 February 2022

Scholarship details


This is a donor-funded scholarship from Michael Griffiths.


This scholarship was established from the estate of Patricia Jensen, nee Smith. Born at Muswellbrook, Patricia discovered a love for Literature early in her formal schooling.

Having attained formal qualifications at the Old Tighes Hill Campus, she had a long and distinguished teaching career in English History. She was a valued member of the English staff at the secondary schools of Scone, Taree and Whitebridge. Literature, Arts, Music and Politics all exerted major influences at various stages of her life. Patricia was a resident of Cooks Hill for many years and was an avid patron and supporter of the nearby cultural institutions. Her interest in politics saw her serve a term as secretary for the Newcastle branch of the Labor Party. Her traits as a mentor, confidant and friend were much valued by all close associates.

In Patricia’s legacy, this scholarship provides the recipient with some tangible encouragement, contributing to the success of their desired academic outcome.


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

  • Be enrolled in any year of the Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts degree (including combined programs) in the College of Human and Social Futures with the University of Newcastle.
  • Be enrolled full-time.
  • 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.
  • Have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent of 75 or higher for commencing students, or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 for continuing students.
  • Be an Australian 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.

  • 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.
  • Up to 3 documents which demonstrate your academic achievement, such as awards and acknowledgements, participation in enrichment and travel programs or internships, academic competitions or challenges, your portfolio and/or cv.


The scholarship provides a total benefit of $7,000, paid as two lump sums of $3,500 after the relevant census dates (payment usually finalised in early April and September).


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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