Ella Schroder Indigenous Residential Scholarship - Australia

The Ella Schroder Indigenous Residential Scholarship is open to 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.

Open to non-school leaver applicants. Open to current UNE students in any year of an undergraduate degree (excluding Honours).

The applicant must be an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student as defined by the University’s Confirmation of Aboriginality and Torres Strait Islander Identity Procedures.

The applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need.

The applicant’s residential address must be either regional or remote as defined by the Government Remoteness Tool.

The applicant must have completed their secondary schooling as a Boarding student living in a boarding school

The applicant is living or intending to live in a UNE Residential College (excludes St Alberts College) for the duration of the scholarship.

Preference may be given to applicants, not in receipt of another scholarship.

Ella Schroder Indigenous Scholarship Description

Closing Date: TBC
Value: up to $10,000 annually
Number Awarded: 1
Duration: Duration of degree
Study Mode: Full-time, on campus

Application Procedure

Please download the UNE Application for Undergraduate Scholarship Form and electronically complete all relevant sections. Some fields are mandatory and you will not be able to proceed without entering a value into these fields.


We suggest that you save a copy of the completed form for your records.

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.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your application, please contact Student Success on (02) 6773 2000 and ask for the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards team for assistance.

Supporting Documents

The applicant should attach evidence to support financial need, which may be:

  • A copy of a Centrelink statement; or their Income Tax Return (if independent) and/or
  • Their parent’s/parents’ Income Tax Return/s (if dependent) and/or
  • A letter from an authorized person (eg. Community leader, School principal, minister of religion, accountant) that comments on the applicant’s financial circumstances.

Students will be required to provide evidence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status as per UNE Policy:

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 other disadvantages

Scholarship Selection

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

The Selection Committee's decision is final.

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 residential fee 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 4.0 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.
  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 other relevant committees).
  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 one of the UNE residences (excludes St Alberts College) for the duration of the scholarship
  13. It is compulsory for the recipients of the Ella Schroder Scholarship to meet on a weekly basis with the recipient of the Max Schroder Indigenous Mentoring Scholarship. This Mentoring scholarship has been funded by the donor in 2014 to help assist the other recipients of his scholarships in their life and study at UNE. A record of attendance will be maintained by the Mentor. In accepting this scholarship the recipient is agreeing to make their name, some personal details (eg. enrolled course) and contact information available to the Max Schroder Indigenous Mentor.
  14. It is compulsory for recipients of Ella Schroder Indigenous Residential Scholarship to maintain regular contact (at least three visits per trimester) with the Student Support Officer at the Oorala Aboriginal Centre.  The recipient must make their first contact at the Oorala Aboriginal Centre before the census date in the teaching period that the scholarship is awarded.  If a student fails to make contact before the census date, the scholarship will be immediately withdrawn.

Acceptance of Conditions

In accepting the Ella Schroder Indigenous Residential Scholarship, the recipient acknowledges that they have read, understand and accept the terms and conditions outlined above.

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