Recognising the pursuit of excellence

With our Academic Excellence Scholarships, the University of Newcastle recognises the exceptional academic achievements of students commencing an undergraduate program. Understanding that academic excellence can be demonstrated in a number of ways, the scholarships are available to students who commence undergraduate studies through a range of pathways.

20 Academic Excellence Scholarships
$10,000 value each year
Leadership and academic mentoring opportunities
Recognising excellence across study pathways

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Each Academic Excellence Scholarship is worth A$10,000 each year for the standard duration of the degree. Recipients also gain opportunities for formal recognition by the Vice-Chancellor and access to leadership training and academic mentoring programs.

All scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and entry rank. With the exception of the Regional High School Dux Scholarship, no additional scholarship application is required.


Year 12 School Leavers

This category is for Year 12 School Leavers that have completed secondary school in the year prior to commencing a degree. An ATAR or equivalent of 99 or higher is required.

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Indigenous Year 12 School Leavers

This category is for Indigenous Year 12 School Leavers that have completed secondary school in the year prior to commencing a degree. An ATAR or equivalent of 95 or higher is required.

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Schools Recommendation Scheme

This category is for students with outstanding performance in year 11 with a predicted ATAR or equivalent of 99 or higher, and that have received an offer through the Schools Recommendation Scheme admission round.

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Enabling Programs

This category is for students who have completed a University of Newcastle Enabling Program with a selection rank or equivalent of 95 or higher.

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Regional High School Dux

This category is for students that have been recognised as Dux by their remote or regional High School in the year prior to commencing a degree program. An ATAR or equivalent of 95 or higher is required.

An application is required for this category. Documentation must be provided as proof as proof of Dux award or ranking as top student.

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Shaping Futures Scholarships

These scholarships, worth A$4,000 each, help to support students manage their academic progress while also facing difficult personal circumstances. There are over 50 scholarships available in a variety of study areas. Eligible students include those in a carer role, sole parents, refugees, Indigenous students, or those facing physical, mental, financial language or medical hardship, or have a regional or remote disadvantage.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship

This scholarship, worth A$40,000, is awarded to a student of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity and heritage. The student must be enrolled full-time and demonstrate sufficient academic progress for commencing students, or a GPA of 4.0 or above for continuing students.

Lord Mayor’s Scholarship

Established by the City of Newcastle Lord Mayor, this scholarship, worth A$4,000, aims to support students studying an undergraduate degree that are experiencing financial hardship. The Lord Mayor also offers an additional Lord Mayor’s Scholarship for Women

for women facing financial hardship.

Student Residences Scholarship

These four scholarships, worth A$4,000 each, were established to help the students most in need, that live in accommodation from Student Living. Eligible students include those in a carer role, sole parents, refugees, Indigenous students, or those facing physical, mental, financial language or medical hardship, or have a regional or remote disadvantage.

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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.