Future student scholarships

What type of scholarships are available?

UOW scholarships recognise and reward students who excel in academics, leadership, community service, and sports. We are also dedicated to supporting students facing financial hardship and other educational challenges

Type Description

Academic

Reward academic excellence and generally require a high level of academic achievement

Equity

Assistance for students experiencing financial hardship and other educational challenges

Community

To support and reward students who engage in the wider community

Community / Equity

Considers both Community and Equity criteria

Corporate

A business or entity supporting students studying specific degrees with links to their field and/or industry

Work Integrated Learning

Industry specific scholarships provided by a partnering organisation with a work experience component

Sporting

Support for elite athletes with outstanding sporting achievements, usually at representative level  

Eligibility 

To be eligible for a UOW Scholarship you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or the holder of an Australian Permanent Resident or Permanent Humanitarian Visa. Usually, you will be commencing the first year of an undergraduate degree as a full-time student (with no previous enrolment at UOW) unless otherwise advised.

Please note scholarship eligibility criteria varies and you should always refer to each scholarship for a complete list of eligibility criteria.

How can I apply?

Depending on the scholarship you may be required to provide any of the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Year 12 Half Yearly and Trial Results
  • Personal Statement
  • Response to Selection Criteria

Applications for Future Students generally open from July the year prior to commencing study at UOW. You may apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for.

To find a full list of available scholarships, including how to application, application criteria, opening and closing dates please visit UOW Scholarships website.

When will I find out if I'm successful?

Some scholarships are awarded based on application only, however others may require an interview. Depending on the scholarship students are generally notified a few months after the closing date but some can be as early as a few weeks.

Scholarships available for 2025

Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship

UOW traces its origins to a community fundraising campaign in the Illawarra more than half a century ago that provided the foundations for a technical-based institution to grow into the world-class university it is today.

So, it stands to reason that we've maintained a close connection with the community with whom we share the vision of a brighter future for the Illawarra.

With the Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship, we seek to inspire a new generation of young, local, passionate leaders, and give them the knowledge, skills, and worldviews to be the future leaders from and for the Illawarra. This includes students who attend high school in the Wollongong, Sutherland, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven, Eden-Monaro and Wingecarribee local government areas.

The UOW Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship will challenge recipients to develop leadership potential alongside a network of like-minded students striving to create positive change.

The scholarship will provide generous financial assistance, leadership training, dedicated academic support, community networking, and global mobility opportunities. Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Scholars will be selected based on their academic achievement and leadership potential.

Eligible Faculties: ASSH, BAL, SMAH, EIS

Applications are now closed

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Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship - South Western Sydney

We established UOW Liverpool in 2017 to extend the educational offerings available to students within this region, allowing you to get a world-class education on your doorstep.

During this time, we have developed a close connection with the community with whom we share the vision of a bright future for the South Western Sydney region.

With the Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship, we seek to inspire a new generation of young, local, passionate leaders and give them the knowledge, skills and world views to be the future leaders of the of the South Western Sydney region. This includes students who love in the local government areas of Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown.

This scholarship will challenge you to develop leadership potential alongside a network of like-minded students striving to create positive change. It will also provide generous financial assistance, leadership training, dedicated academic support, community networking, and global mobility opportunities. The UOW Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Scholars will be selected based on academic achievement and leadership potential. 

Eligible Faculties: ASSH, BAL, SMAH, EIS
Where to apply: Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship - South Western Sydney

You are eligible to apply for this scholarship if:

  • You are a natural leader, and you play a pivotal role as an influencer, and a role model at either your school and/or in your community.
  • You can demonstrate academic excellence and achievements. 
  • You have big ideas and goals, and you want to collaborate with others to bring them to life.
  • You strive to inspire others to achieve great things.
  • You are determined to bring positive change to your community and the world.
  • You live in the Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, or Liverpool local government areas.
  • You have an offer or you are applying and deemed eligible for an offer to a Bachelor degree at the UOW Liverpool Campus for 2024.
  • You are an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or the holder of an Australian Permanent Resident or Permanent Humanitarian Visa.
  • You will be enrolling full-time at the UOW Liverpool campus in 2024.

Applications are now closed

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Illawarra Principal’s Recommendation Scholarship

The Illawarra Principal’s Recommendation Scholarship aims to support and encourage students who attend high school in the Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee local government areas to pursue undergraduate study at the University of Wollongong in 2025. The Principal of each school will recommend a student for the scholarship based on demonstrated strengths across UOW’s Key Indicators of Success:

  • Academic Readiness
  • Motivation & passion
  • Communication & collaboration
  • Planning & Persistence 

Value: $5,000
Eligible Faculties: ASSH, BAL, SMAH, EIS
Where to apply: Early Admission application

Early Admission applications close 9 August 2024

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Sutherland Shire Principal's Recommendation Scholarship

The Sutherland Shire Undergraduate Scholarship aims to support and encourage students who attend High School in the Sutherland Shire local government area to pursue undergraduate study at the University of Wollongong in 2025.

Value: $5,000
Eligible Faculties: ASSH, BAL, SMAH, EIS
Where to apply: Early Admission application

Early Admission applications close 9 August 2024

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Macarthur Principal's Recommendation Scholarship

The Macarthur Undergraduate Scholarship aims to support and encourage students who attend High School in the Macarthur local government area to pursue undergraduate study at the University of Wollongong in 2025.

Value: $5,000
Eligible Faculties: ASSH, BAL, SMAH, EIS
Where to apply: Early Admission application

Early Admission applications close 9 August 2024

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UOW Liverpool Undergraduate Scholarship 

The University of Wollongong South Western Sydney Scholarship is to support and encourage students who want to study at UOW Liverpool in 2025.

Future Students are required to be completing their schooling (either HSC or IB Diploma) in 2024 and have a Bachelor offer for UOW Liverpool through Early Admission, to be considered for this scholarship. Applicants will be contacted directly to submit an application for this scholarship based on their Early Admission application.

Criteria assessed will include; the applicant's strengths across UOW's key indicators of success; academic readiness, motivation and passion, communication & collaboration and planning and persistence; and the applicant's answer to "Please tell us why you would like to study at the UOW Campus in Liverpool and how this scholarship will help you to do so".

Recipients of the SWS Undergraduate Scholarship must enrol full-time in a degree at UOW Liverpool in 2024.

Value: $5,000 for 1st year of study
Eligible Faculties: ASSH, BAL, SMAH, EIS
Where to apply: Applications opening soon

UOW Equity Scholarship

UOW Equity Scholarships are available for students who are experiencing financial and other educational disadvantages, because we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to succeed in higher education.

Value: $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000
Eligible Faculties: ASSH, BAL, SMAH, EIS
Where to apply: Equity Scholarship application 

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The George Alexander Foundation Scholarship

The George Alexander Foundation has an emphasis on helping talented young people, especially those from regional and rural areas to undertake and excel in higher education. The Scholarship Program forms the core of the Foundation’s work.

Value: $8,000 p.a.
Eligible Faculties: ASSH, BAL, SMAH, EIS
Where to apply: George Alexander Foundation Scholarship Application

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The Tibra Foundation Scholarship in Mathematics

The Tibra Foundation Scholarship in Mathematics has been established to help young rural and regional Australians with big ambitions to realise their potential through education. This scholarship recognises that students from rural and regional areas face significant barriers when following their dreams, often having to relocate in order to follow their educational pursuits, leaving behind the support of family and friends and feeling torn between their education and their obligations.

Tibra Foundation Scholars will exhibit capability and drive for a career in mathematics, with demonstrable strength, grit and resilience to overcome non-financial barriers to succeed at university. Tibra Foundation Scholars will be strong in their convictions about the importance of education, and also the importance of helping others, giving back and paying it forward.

To qualify, students must originate from a rural or regional background as per the Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area (RRMA) classifications set out by the Australian Government. Eligible applicants will be intending to commence a mathematics related degree at UOW. In the pursuit of supporting women into a non-traditional field, females will be strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

Value: $7,000 p.a.
Eligible Faculties: EIS
Where to apply: TBC

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The Stevenson Family Scholarship in Social Work

The Stevenson Family Scholarship in Social Work is offered as an encouragement to prospective students who are seeking to improve the lives of others through the completion of a Bachelor of Social Work. The aim of this scholarship is to essentially "help the helpers", to recognise those students who are committed to giving back to their communities, and are driven to use their tertiary qualification to pursue a career in the Community Services Sector.

Applicants will be asked to submit a statement outlining their commitment and passion for a career in the community/social services industry and their involvement in activities that benefit the community. Mature aged students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Value: $5,000 per annum increasing in 3rd and 4th year. Total value $24,000
Eligible Faculties: ASSH
Where to apply: TBC

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Information for 2024 applicants will be available soon.


Housing Trust Opportunity Scholarship

The Housing Trust is a for-purpose community housing provider, creating opportunities, enriching lives and building communities in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven by providing safe, secure, comfortable and affordable rental housing.

Applicants must be living in Social Housing or Affordable Housing in the Illawarra LGA or Shoalhaven LGA, and plan to enrol full-time in any undergraduate degree at the UOW Wollongong Campus or Shoalhaven Campus in 2025.

Value: $5,000 per annum for three years
Eligible faculties: BAL,  SMAH, EIS, ASSH
Where to apply: UOW scholarship application

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Transforming Futures Scholarship

Transforming Futures Scholarships are made possible through generous gifts from UOW alumni, staff and donors. These scholarships are awarded to students who are experiencing financial and other educational disadvantages.

Value: $3,000 p.a.
Eligible Faculties: ASSH, BAL, SMAH, EIS
Where to apply: UOW scholarship application and UAC Equity application

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John, Belle & Richard Miller, Bridgewater Scholarships for Opportunity

This scholarship acknowledges the long-standing connection of John, Belle and Richard Miller's family to the Illawarra Region.

This scholarship is a representation of the Miller family's desire to support the studies of students in need, and recognises those who are involved in the community.

Applicants must apply for equity scholarships through UAC Equity and also provide UOW with a one page outline of their involvement in the community and how the scholarship will assist with their career ambitions.

Value: $3,000 p.a.
Eligible Faculties: ASSH, BAL, SMAH, EIS
Where to apply: UOW scholarship application and UAC Equity application

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Graduate School of Medicine Scholarship for Indigenous Students – Future Students

The Graduate School of Medicine Scholarship for Indigenous Students will act as a pivotal tool to attract Indigenous Students at UOW Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, in their pursuit of a career as a medical practitioner.

Up to ten (10) scholarships are available and will be no less than $2,000 and no more than $10,000 in value. The value of the scholarship will be determined by the number of eligible applications and available funding.

Value: Various up to $10,000
Eligible Faculties: SMAH
Where to apply: TBC

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The Ray McGill Scholarship for Indigenous Students

The Ray McGill Scholarship for Indigenous students has been established by UOW alumnus, Mr Ray McGill, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2007. Ray has established the scholarship to provide access to further education and opportunities to a student who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend University. 

The Ray McGill Scholarship will support one (1) student commencing their first (1st) year of any degree at the University of Wollongong. The successful applicant must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and must demonstrate financial need or educational disadvantage. 

Value: First year $3,000, second year $1,000, third year $1,000
Eligible Faculties: ASSH, BAL, SMAH, EIS
Where to apply:  TBC

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Wollongong Chapter No. 59 Order of the Eastern Star Nursing Opportunity Scholarship

First year Bachelor of Nursing students at UOW's Wollongong Campus are encouraged to apply for this scholarship, valued at $21,000. 

If you are a first (1st) year Bachelor of Nursing student studying at the UOW Wollongong Campus or Shoalhaven Campus, you originate from or have strong demonstrated ties to the Illawarra region (ISLHD), and you have financial, social, and/or educational disadvantages, please apply.

The Wollongong Chapter No. 59 Order of the Eastern Star Opportunity Scholarship is funded by a group of like-minded friends who seek to give back to the community and enrich the lives of others. This scholarship is designed to support the next generation of front-line Nursing professionals.

Applicants are asked to complete a UOW scholarship application package, a UAC Equity Scholarship online application, a one page statement outlining your connection to the Illawarra Region and how the scholarship will assist with your Nursing career ambitions.

Value: $7,000 p.a
Eligible Faculties: SMAH
Where to apply: UOW scholarship application and UAC Equity application

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St Georges Basin Community Equity Scholarship

The St Georges Basin Community Equity Scholarship has been established by the St Georges Basin Country Club and the NSW ClubGRANTS Scheme - a program dedicated to local community development. The Club has been supporting Shoalhaven based students since 2004 and through this scholarship aim to contribute to the local community by assisting students from the area to achieve their academic and career goals. 

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

Value: $5,250 p.a
Eligible faculties: BAL, SMAH, EIS, ASSH
Where to apply: TBC

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The Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship

The Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship supports high school graduates who are passionate about technology and eager to explore its potential for good.

Value: $5,000 p.a.
Eligible Faculties: EIS
Where to apply: Applications will open in September 2024