Interview & Award Process

Interview and Award Process

After the closing date, applications are reviewed by a selection committee. Some scholarships attract a large number of applicants and it is necessary to short-list candidates for an interview while others make a selection based on the application only. Interviews take place on campus or at the sponsoring organisation’s premises.

The Scholarships and Sponsorships Unit will contact the successful candidate, obtain a verbal acceptance, and then mail the student a Scholarship Offer & Agreement – which is to be signed and sent back to the University before we can allocate payments.

The Scholarship and Sponsorships Unit office will notify all unsuccessful applicants.

 

Tips & Hints for your Interview

If you have been successful in gaining an interview for a scholarship or grant, below are some useful tips and hints.

1. Be prepared
  • Check the time and location of where your interview is going to be conducted. This information will be detailed in your interview notification. If you are not familiar with the campus contact us.
  • Plan to arrive at least 5 - 10 minutes before your interview start time.
  • If you think your going to be late, don't panic call us.
  • Dress professionally. We don't expect you to buy new clothes, smart casual is appropriate if you do not own business attire. No thongs, shorts, t-shirts or singlets.
  • Review the scholarship you are being interviewed for as well as your application. If you have further achievements or awards that you think may be relevant bring them along to the interview. You will have an opportunity at the end of your interview to ask questions or make any further comments.
  • Bring your CV/Portfolio if you think it is necessary. Some people like to take something with them into the interview. The panel may ask to look at it, so make sure it is up-to-date. 

 

2. How to make the most of your scholarship interview

The time you spend preparing before your interview is as important as the interview itself.  Below are some questions and hints that you can use to assist in preparing responses for your interview.  It is important to understand that these questions are only a guide. 

Depending on the type of scholarship you are being interviewed for, please refer to the following categories:-


ACADEMIC & UOW FACULTY SCHOLARSHIPS

Corporate and work integrated learning scholarship

Community or Memorial Scholarships

Equity (Including Community Equity) Scholarships

 

Academic & UOW Faculty Scholarships
  • Why UOW?  How will UOW help you to achieve your educational goals and prepare you for your chosen career path?
  • Why are you studying your current or future degree program?  What is it about the degree you are studying/planning to study that interests you?
  • What motivates and/or inspires you?
  • How do you manage time/prioritise?  TIP - Be prepared to give examples of how you have used your time management/prioritising skills in achieving your goals and objectives.
  • Do you have leadership skills or are you involved in your community?   TIP -  Be prepared to give examples of how these experiences have benefited you and/or those around you.  Also think of how these experiences have/will enhance your learning and have/will help in achieving your goals.

 

Corporate and Work Integrated Learning Scholarships
  • Research the sponsoring organisation.
  • Familiarise yourself with their internet site.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about the organisation; what they do; where their offices are (national and/or international) and what projects they are working on.
  • Don't be afraid to make contact with the organisation to seek further information.
  • Why UOW?  How will UOW help you to achieve your educational goals and prepare you for your chosen career path?
  • Why are you studying your current or future degree program?  What is it about the degree you are studying/planning to study that interests you?
  • What motivates and/or inspires you?
  • How do you manage time/prioritise?  TIP -  Be prepared to give examples of how you have used your time management/prioritising skills in achieving your goals and objectives.
  • Do you have leadership skills or are you involved in your community?  TIP - Be prepared to give examples of how these experiences have benefited you and/or those around you.  Also think of how these experiences have/will enhance your learning and have/ will help in achieving your goals.
  • How will this scholarship help you achieve your educational goals and prepare you for your chosen career path? HINT - Prepare answers that are more than just financial, think about graduate job opportunities, work experience and networking.

 

Community or Memorial Scholarships
  • Research the community group or person being memorialised.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about the Community group, their membership and which projects and groups they may support. 
  • For a scholarship that is a memorial to a person, research the legacy they have left behind and what impacts they may have had within the community of their field of specialty (i.e medicine/law)
  • Why UOW?  How will UOW help you to achieve your educational goals and prepare you for your chosen career path?
  • Why are you studying your current or future degree program?  What is it about the degree you are studying/planning to study that interests you?
  • What motivates and/or inspires you?
  • How do you manage time/prioritise?  TIP -  Be prepared to give examples of how you have used your time management/prioritising skills in achieving your goals and objectives.
  • Do you have leadership skills or are you involved in your community?  TIP - Be prepared to give examples of how these experiences have benefited you and/or those around you.  Also think of how these experiences have/will enhance your learning and have/ will help in achieving your goals..

 

Equity (including Community Equity) Scholarships

Equity scholarship interviews are a little different to other scholarship interviews. You have already provided personal information, the purpose of the interview is to gain further understanding of how the scholarship/grant will assist in meeting your educational goals. If the scholarship is being supported by a community group refer to community or memorial scholarships in addition to the following:-

  • Why UOW?  How will UOW help you to achieve your educational goals and prepare you for your chosen career path?
  • Why are you studying your current or future degree program?  What is it about the degree you are studying/planning to study that interests you?
  • What motivates and/or inspires you?
  • How will the scholarship benefit you?  TIP - There is no right or wrong answer to this question, how the scholarship funds will benefit individual students varies considerably.

 

 

Last reviewed: 2 March, 2015