Gill Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship
About this scholarship
Established in 2014, the Gill Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship is intended to assist students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
- The scholarship is valued at $4,000, to be paid in one lump sum
- There is one scholarship available
- Discounted accommodation offer, of up to $20 per week or $1400 per annum, (subject to availability, see more details on the Discounted accommodation offer at ACU Living and Learning Communities)
This scholarship is open to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:
- Commenced current ACU course in Semester 2, 2022 or prior
- Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students (Confirmation of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander status will be required).
- Campus: Melbourne or Ballarat
- Course: any ACU undergraduate degree
- Year Level: second year or above (in semester 1, 2023)
- Financial hardship
Applicants are required to provide the following as part of the application:
- A written statement of approximately 250 words outlining:
- how this scholarship could financially support your studies and career aspirations.
- your participation in community activities through the Jim- Baa-Yer Indigenous Higher Education Unit, that shows your commitment to ACU’s Mission and your community.
- A letter of recommendation that supports your written statement
- Evidence of financial hardship
- most recent Tax Assessment Notice; or
- Centrelink Income Statement; or
- the most recent 60 days of bank transactions AND pay slips from the last 6 weeks
- Upload Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status (for more information on this requirement, please visit, COA)
If you would like assistance with completing your application, please contact your local Indigenous Higher Education Unit.
Applications are assessed based on the strength of the following criteria:
- Written statement
- Letter of recommendation
- Commitment to ACU’s Mission and contribution to community service
- Financial hardship
The recipient will be selected by the Scholarships Office in consultation with the First Peoples Directorate.
- Recipients will be requested to submit an Impact Statement for the donor explaining how the scholarship has assisted them. This should be submitted to the ACU Scholarships Office no later than 1 October in the year the scholarship is awarded.
- Recipients will also be invited to a presentation event and are requested to attend if this does not impede placement or study commitments.