At UOW our scholarships are breaking down barriers and ensuring that every student can access the education they aspire to. The below scholarships are just one part of UOW's commitment to supporting our students as they work towards their degree and career goals. If you’re thinking of studying at UOW explore our range of scholarships and become part of a community that thrives on knowledge, excellence, and inclusivity.

Scholarships for students studying at UOW Southern Highlands

We recommend that students applying to or currently studying at UOW Southern Highlands consider applying for the following scholarships.

We also recommend students contact their local council and search online for scholarships in their region and field of study they are interested in. 

The 2024 Country to Coast Scholarship will automatically be made available to 2024 Early Admission offer holders from defined regional and remote areas across NSW. Select Indigenous Access Program (IAP) offer holders will also be considered eligible.


The Australian Government has partnered with the University of Wollongong (UOW) to offer the Destination Australia scholarship program. Valued at $15,000 per year for the duration of the recipients' degree, these scholarships aim to support full-time students who choose to stay close to home and study at a UOW Regional campus.


The $3,000 Regional Kick Start scholarships aim to support regional students with resources and living costs during their first year of study and will make it easier to undertake their uni study close to home. Applications are open to non-school leavers and mature-age students.


UOW's Woolyungah Indigenous Centre facilitates scholarships for our future and current Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students. 


These $3,000 scholarships per year over a duration of 3 years recognise the capacity of all students and seek to provide support to ensure students can participate in, and make the most of their higher education. 

Transforming Futures scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated need such as financial or social disadvantage. 

To be considered for this scholarship you must also submit a UAC Equity Scholarship application.


Scholarship helped Deborah achieve her long-held ambition

UOW graduate Deborah Combes said the financial support provided by the Destination Australia scholarship allowed her to study full-time and “provided an incentive to work hard as I felt privileged to receive the scholarship – I wanted to achieve the best results I could”.

Photograph: Deborah Combes celebrating with family on at her graduation ceremony after completing a Master of Teaching degree at UOW Shoalhaven.

Other scholarships for regional students

Equity Scholarships help disadvantaged students with the general costs associated with tertiary study. They are awarded to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support payments such as ABSTUDY, Austudy, Youth Allowance, JobSeeker Payment, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment (Single) or the Carer Payment.


Education NSW offers a range of scholarships for students studying to be teachers. Scholarships range from Rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to scholarships for Graduate teachers.