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The William John and Lizzie May Sinclair Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship
This scholarship supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students or students from a low socio-economic background.


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  • Australian citizen
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or from a low socio-economic background
  • Studying an undergraduate engineering degree
August 2020 October 2020

How to apply

Conditional offers will be made by the end of November. Unconditional offers will be made after the release of ATAR/IB results.


This scholarship is valued at $25,000.

Who's eligible

You must:


This scholarship was established in 2012 by a bequest from Mr William Robson Sinclair, in honour of his parents.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship was established in 2010 to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and students who are financial disadvantaged who are studying Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. This Scholarship has been generously donated by William Robson Sinclair.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled in full-time study in an undergraduate degree, including combined degrees, within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students then to financially disadvantaged students.

c. All applicants must be commencing their degree in the year the Scholarship is offered.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity as defined in the University of Sydney’s Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015

If the Scholarship is not able to be awarded to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student, the Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

i. academic merit,

ii. demonstrated financial need

b. The Scholarship will be awarded by the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, or their nominated delegates.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $25,000 per annum and is tenable for duration of the degree (including combined degrees) plus one additional honours year, if required.

b. If offered to an indigenous student, an amount of up to $15,000 per annum will be available in addition to the scholarship stipend, as required, to provide any necessary additional mentoring and tutoring support for the student.

c. The Scholarship annual value will be paid fortnightly.

d. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted and is not transferable to another University school, faculty or university without prior approval.

e. Requests to hold the scholarship part-time may be approved by the Associate Dean (Education) only under exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition which limits capacity to undertake full-time study. If part-time is approved recipient will receive half the payment rate.

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.

c. Appropriate counselling will be given by the Faculty in the event of unsatisfactory progress to assist student to achieve a satisfactory level

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 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.

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