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The Sandra Cadwallader Indigenous Economics Scholarships

An undergraduate scholarship
$50,000 yearly scholarship to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study a Bachelor of Economics.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$50,000 pa (for course duration)
  • Australian citizen
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Enrol full-time in the Bachelor of Economics or the Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Advanced Studies combined degree
23 August 2021 29 October 2021

How to apply

Apply here.


This scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year for the duration of your studies.

Who's eligible

You must:


This scholarship was established in 2018 from a donation by Peter and Sandra Cadwallader.

1. Background

a. Established in 2018, this Scholarship has been generously donated by Peter and Sandra Cadwallader to support Indigenous undergraduate students undertaking a Bachelor of Economics or combined Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Advanced Studies at the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. This Scholarship is offered subject to applicants having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Economics or combined Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Advanced Studies at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be an Australian Citizen of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

I. academic merit,
II. a personal statement demonstrating their commitment to studying economics and how the scholarship will support their studies, and
III. a written recommendation letter from the applicant’s School Principal.

b. The Scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee that is selected by the Head of the School of Economics or their nominated delegate.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $50,000 per annum and is tenable for the duration of the Bachelor of Economics combined Bachelor of Economics /Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

b. A successful recipient of this Scholarship will receive a conditional Scholarship Offer. Once the successful recipient receives an unconditional offer of admission into the Bachelor of Economics they will receive an unconditional Scholarship Offer.

c. For Bachelor of Economics recipients the Scholarship may be extended for an additional year if the student elects to complete a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) year.

d. The value of the Scholarship will cover the following costs:

I. up to $10,000 per annum towards University course fees (this will be paid direct to the University),
II. up to $25,000 per annum towards on campus accommodation costs (this will be paid direct to the accommodation centre),
III. up to $10,000 per annum towards the successful recipients living expenses (this will be paid in two instalments after the census date of each semester), and
IV. up to $5,000 per annum towards 4.c.I, 4.c.II or 4.c.III as determined by the University.

e. If the successful recipient decides not to live in on campus accommodation the University may:

I. pay these funds to the student to assist with alternate accommodation costs and/or their living expenses, and/or

II. apply these funds to award another applicant a scholarship. The Sandra Cadwallader Indigenous Economics Scholarships 2

f. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and it is not transferable to another University school, faculty, degree or university.

g. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

h. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum Annual Average Mark (AAM) of at least 65 or higher each year.

b. Recipients undertaking an exchange during the tenure of this Scholarship are required to have achieved a Satisfied Requirements grade (SR) to receive their next payment.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,
II. commences part-time study without prior approval,
III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,
IV. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,
V. is awarded an alternative primary scholarship. In such circumstances this scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative scholarship where the alternative scholarship is of higher value,
VI. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
VII. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.

7. Reporting

a. A successful recipient must provide a report towards the end of each year to the donor.