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The William John and Lizzie May Sinclair Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship
A scholarship valued at $25,000 a year supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students or students from a low socio-economic background.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$25,000 a year for duration of degree
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or from a low socio-economic background
  • Applying for or enrolled in an undergraduate engineering degree
September 2021 TBC November 2021 TBC

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship is valued at $25,000 for the duration of the degree.

Who's eligible

You must:

Background

This scholarship was established in 2012 by a bequest from Mr William Robson Sinclair, in honour of his parents, and with the generous support of the Donaldson and Kinston families.

1. Background

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

b. This Scholarship was established with a gift from the estate of Mr William Robson Sinclair, in honour of his parents, and with the generous support of the Donaldson and Kinston families.

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/or Torres Strait Islander students, then to financially disadvantaged students.

c. Applicants must enrol or remain enrolled full-time in the semester immediately following award of this scholarship.

3. Selection Criteria

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

i. academic merit,

ii. confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity as defined in the University of Sydney Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015.

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

i. academic merit,

ii. supporting documentation and a personal statement which provides evidence of financial need and any other relevant hardship.

b. The Scholarship will be awarded on the nomination of the Associate Dean, Indigenous Strategy and Services, Faculty of Engineering, or their nominated delegate.

4. Value

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

b. The Scholarship will be paid fortnightly on a pro-rata basis, based on enrolled units of study successfully completed (at credit grade or above). Specifically, the value of the award will be calculated as the value of enrolled units of study in the current semester less the value of enrolled units of study not successfully completed in the previous semester.

c. If awarded to a currently enrolled student, the scholarship is tenable for the remaining candidature and will be paid as per clause 4.b.

d. The scholarship may be held part-time due to extenuating circumstances such as a medical condition which limits the student’s capacity to undertake full-time study. An application to hold the scholarship part-time must be submitted directly to Faculty for the consideration of the Associate Dean, Indigenous Strategy and Services, Faculty of Engineering. If approved, the value will be paid on a pro-rata basis depending on enrolled units of study successfully completed (at credit average grade or above), up until the full value of the award is consumed.

e. If awarded 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.

f. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted, and it is not transferable to another University school, faculty or university without prior approval of the Associate Dean, Indigenous Strategy and Services, Faculty of Engineering, or their nominated delegate.

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 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 $6,000 per annum or more for the same purpose as this Scholarship,

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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