Applications for this scholarship must be made through the ACU Course Browser
About this scholarship
Established in 2020, this scholarship supports commencing students enrolling full-time in the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) at the North Sydney campus.
An ACU Ramsay Scholar is a future leader committed to the enrichment of society and the promotion of the common good. In pursuit of this endeavour they demonstrate a passion for intellectual engagement with ideas and great questions that have shaped Western Civilisation.
The essential quality of their intellectual engagement is a critical habit of mind demonstrated through debate and discussion of ideas, and careful consideration of different views and perspectives and the dignity of those who hold them.
- The scholarship is valued at up to $90,000 for students enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation), and will be paid in instalments of $15,000 per semester
- There are 30 scholarships available
- Recipients are also eligible to receive one return economy airfare to participate in an approved program of study abroad as part of the course.
Where scholarship recipients have an EFTSL of 0.375 or greater but less than 1.0, the Scholarship will be awarded pro rata for the duration of the course.
In the first year of the scholarship, recipients from remote areas will be paid $3,000 of the total annual value of the scholarship in the first week of study to help offset start-up costs, with the balance to be paid in two equal instalments after the census date in Semester 1 and Semester 2. All other Scholars will be paid $2,500 of the total value of the Scholarship in the first week of study to help offset start-up costs, with the balance to be paid in two equal instalments after the census date in Semester 1 and Semester 2.
This scholarship is open to applicants who will be commencing their course and who meet all the following criteria:
- Citizenship: Australian citizen, permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa
- Course: Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)
- Campus: North Sydney
- Study load: full-time
- Year Level: commencing first year
- Academic ability as ordinarily demonstrated by projected minimum section rank of 92 based on ATAR and adjustment factors
- Highest qualification:
- must have completed year 12 between 2018 and 2020
- must not have undertaken preliminary study at a tertiary level, other than secondary school advancement program or first year Bachelor level study
Applicants will be required to provide the following as part of the application:
- A 1,000-1,500-word essay in response to the question: How should champions of Western Civilisation reply to its critics today?
- Details of academic achievements
- Details of leadership experience
- Details of community engagement activities
- Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview
- Applicants who are successful in reaching the interview stage will be required to provide supporting documents to verify academic achievements and community engagement.
First round applications close 16 November 2020
Second round applications close 31 December 2020
For further information and details on how to apply please visit the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) page in ACU's Course Browser.
Applications are assessed on the strength of the following criteria:
- Academic merit
- Alignment with Ramsay Attributes demonstrated through:
- leadership qualities
- commitment to the enrichment of society
- passion for intellectual engagement with ideas and great questions that have shaped Western Civilisation
- critical habit of mind demonstrated through capacity to debate and discuss ideas, and to consider different views and perspectives.
- Alignment with the ACU Mission as demonstrated through evidence of commitment to the:
- pursuit of truth
- dignity of the human person
- common good
- Alignment with ACU Strategic Focus Areas of:
- opportunity: commitment to enriching society through learning and knowledge,
- innovation: cultivation of imagination
- ethics: willingness to develop the highest ethical standards in self, others and society generally.
Preference may be given to applicants who can demonstrate as part of their application that they have experienced disadvantage or are from an underrepresented background.
Applicants will be selected by the Ramsay Scholarship Selection Panel comprising of senior ACU and Ramsey Centre staff.
To remain eligible for scholarship payments, recipients are required to maintain the following:
- full-time enrolment (1.0 EFTSL for the full payment, or 0.375 EFTSL for a pro rata payment)
- enrolment at the North Sydney campus
- enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)
- minimum GPA of 4 (on the ACU seven-point scale)