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The Order of Australia Association Foundation Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship

This Scholarship aims to provide assistance to students majoring in either economics, politics or philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Highlights

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$20,000 p.a. (for 2 years)
  • Australian Citizen 
  • Undergraduate student
  • Full-time second-year student
  • Majoring in Economics, Politics or Philosophy
  • Aged between 20 and 29 
  • Demonstrate financial need
21 September 2021 5 October 2021

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship is valued at $20,000 and is tenable for 2 years.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled full-time in the second year of either the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Advanced Studies, Bachelor of Economics (Honours), or Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Advanced Studies. 
  • be majoring in either Economics, Politics or Philosophy. 
  • Australian Citizen aged between 20 and 29 (inclusive)
  • demonstrate high academic achievement in tertiary studies
  • demonstrate qualities of leadership, initiative and being involved in community affairs
  • demonstrate need for financial assisance to benefit completion undergraduate degree. 

Note: In exceptional circumstances, some applicants may be considered who are aged in their early 30s

Background

 

1. Background

a. This Scholarship was established in 2021 to provide assistance to an undergraduate student majoring in either economics, politics or philosophy within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

b. The Order of Australia Association Foundation is supporting the next generation of leaders by helping promising young Australians to achieve their potential, who might otherwise have considerable difficulty in proceeding with their studies and thus not achieve their potential for the future benefit of Australia.

2. Eligibility

a. The scholarship is offered subject to the applicant being currently enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney in the second year of either a:
I. Bachelor of Arts (Honours),
II. Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies,
III. Bachelor of Economics (Honours), or
IV. Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

b. Applicants must be majoring in either:

I. economics,
II. politics, or
III. philosophy.
c. Applicants must be an Australian Citizen aged between 20 and 29 (inclusive). In exceptional circumstances, some applicants may be considered who are aged in their early 30s.

d. Applicants must demonstrate high academic achievement in their tertiary studies.

e. Applicants must demonstrate qualities of leadership, initiative and being involved in community affairs.

f. Applicants must demonstrate their need for financial assistance to benefit the completion of their undergraduate degree.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,
II. curriculum vitae,
III. demonstrated evidence of financial disadvantage,
IV. evidence of current income,
V. a reference from an academic referee who can attest to the applicant’s achievements,
VI. a budget showing the breakdown of how the funds will be spent over the two years of the scholarship across tuition fees, course requisites, living expenses and accommodation, and
VII. a personal statement that demonstrates the applicant’s:

a) academic achievements in their previous studies,
b) past and current involvement in community affairs,
c) potential as a future leader in their field of study and the community,
d) involvement in public service,
e) need for financial assistance to benefit the completion of their studies,
f) willingness to being mentored by a member of The Order of Australia who is eminent in the awardee’s chosen field of study, and
g) need for a mentor and information on how a mentor will assist in their studies.

b. Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

c. Five applicants will be shortlisted for an interview by a selection committee consisting of the:

I. Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or their nominated delegate,
II. Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) or their nominated delegate, and
III. at least one other academic from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

d. Three out of the five applicants will be selected by the selection committee to be put forward to The Order of Australia Association Foundation National Selection committee for consideration for the scholarship.

e. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship by The National Selection Panel which will be chaired by a Director of the Foundation Board and will include a nominated representative from The University of Sydney.

4. Value

a. The value of the Scholarship will be $20,000 per annum for two years. The Scholarship value will be split into four equal instalments of $10,000 per semester.

b. The Scholarship funds will cover the following expenses:

I. academic course fees (this will be paid direct to the University), and
II. any remaining funds will be paid to the student after the census date of each semester. These funds must be used by the recipient towards accommodation, living expenses, course requisites etc.

c. Payment of the scholarship for the successful recipient will commence in 2022 pending their enrolment in the 3rd year of their degree.

d. The successful recipient will be required to attend the Annual Conference of The Order of Australia Association in Canberra on 21st May 2022 (exact date subject to change) to formally receive the award. Travel and accommodation will be provided by the Order of Australia Association Foundation for the awardee and immediate next of kin to attend the ceremony.

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

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

g. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 65 each semester.

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. accepts an alternative scholarship, administered by the University of Sydney, valued at $8,000 per annum or more for the same purpose as this Scholarship, or
VI. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or the Scholarship is terminated under any instance in the Termination Clause of these terms and conditions, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.