Bernard Coffey UNE Country Scholarship

The Bernard Coffey UNE Country Scholarship was established in 1977 in memory of the late Dr Charles C. Coffey, who served as pastor of First Baptist Church from 1953 until his sudden death in 1977.  

Dr. Coffey was an advocate for Christian education for all ages. During his years of service to our church, a Weekday Early Education program (later called The ARK) for preschoolers was established. 

Who can Apply?: The applicant must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident as defined by the Commonwealth.

Open to applicants who are completing Year 12 and gap year/s students who are commencing university study for the first time. The applicant’s residential address must be either regional or remote as defined by the Government Remoteness Tool.

The applicant is intending to live in Earle Page College at UNE for part or all of their degree (at least the first year). Preference may be given to applicants, not in receipt of another scholarship. 

Value: $6,000
Number Awarded: 1
Duration: Duration of degree
Study Mode: Full-time, on campus

Application Procedure

Only complete applications will be processed, so please ensure that you have submitted all required documentation with your application. The Scholarships, Prizes and Awards team will notify you via email when your application has been processed.

Supporting Documents

The applicant should provide a Statement of Case outlining:

  • Commitment to the proposed course/career aspirations
  • Involvement in community and/or leadership activities
  • How the student will benefit from receiving the scholarship
  • Special conditions or obstacles the applicant has overcome in their path to study, eg. financial, geographic, cultural or another disadvantage


The scholarship shall be administered by the Scholarships Prizes and Awards team and awarded on the recommendation of the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Committee.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Undergraduate scholarship holders may not hold more than one UNE scholarship if the combined value is greater than six thousand dollars ($6,000) per annum.
  2. The scholarship is intended for the nominated course and may not be deferred or transferred.
  3. If you wish to make any changes to your enrolment you must notify the Undergraduate Scholarships, Prizes and Awards team prior to doing so.  If you no longer satisfy the criteria and conditions of the scholarship you may not retain it.
  4. Failure to meet the conditions of your scholarship may result in you being required to repay any instalment already received.
  5. The scholarship is payable into the recipient’s bank account in two instalments within a month of the Trimester One and Two census dates
  6. Continuation of the scholarship, if applicable, is subject to:
    1. Maintenance of a GPA of 5.0 in each trimester. For continuing students, results for Trimester Two and Three will be combined for the purpose of calculating eligibility for continuation of the scholarship in Trimester One in the second and subsequent years.
    2. The scholar continuing to maintain eligibility in relation to their enrolment status (eg. Full or part-time, on or off campus) as stipulated by the Scholarship terms. Students unsure about this should contact the Scholarship, Prizes and Awards team to discuss their situation.
    3. Full-time students are expected to complete their course in the minimum period of candidature.
    4. Submission of brief Trimester reports in May and September each year reporting on progress with their studies and involvement in sporting, cultural and community activities as well as participation in University life, where applicable. Bernard Coffey UNE Country Scholarship.
  7. Any request to vary the conditions of the scholarship must be made in writing and will be determined at the discretion of the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Committee (or another relevant committee).
  8. The Scholar may be required to attend the annual scholarships donor event if they are invited to do so, and may be asked to participate in activities to promote this scholarship and other scholarships in general, including public speaking, donor liaison, media interviews and photographs.
  9. Some scholarships may affect other government payments.  It is the recipient’s responsibility to seek advice from the relevant government agency.
  10. From time to time minor changes made be required to the administrative conditions of this scholarship. If this occurs recipients will be given advanced notice in writing. Donors will also be consulted where appropriate.
  11. Failure to meet the requirements of these terms and conditions may lead to the termination of the scholarship.
  12. The recipient is required to reside in Earle Page College for at least the first year.
  13. Recipients seeking the extension of their scholarship for their Honours year must make a written application to the Undergraduate Scholarships Team prior to the commencement of the Honours program.

Acceptance of Conditions

In accepting the Bernard Coffey UNE Country Scholarship the recipient acknowledges that they have read, understand and accept the terms and conditions outlined above.

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