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Susan Wakil Scholarships - Undergraduate Indigenous

An undergraduate scholarship
Up to $87,500 scholarship to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study a Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies).


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
Up to $87,500
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student in first-year nursing
27 August 2021 7 February 2022

How to apply

Apply here.


The scholarship covers tuition fees. Any remaining funds will be dispersed to the student.

$14,500 is awarded per semester for up to six semesters. An additional one-off payment of $500 will be paid to the recipient in the first semester of award.

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Established in 2016, this scholarship has been generously donated by the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship was established in 2016 to encourage and support Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students to undertake nursing education at The University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sydney Nursing School).

b. This Scholarship has been donated by the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled in the first year of the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) at the Sydney Nursing School.

b. Applicants must enrol in a minimum of 24 credit points in their first semester of the degree.

c. Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background. 

3. Selection criteria

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

I. academic merit, and

II. a personal statement.

b. Shortlisted applicants may need to attend an interview (face to face or online) with the selection committee.

c. The selection committee will consist of the:

I. Head of School and Dean of the Sydney Nursing School or their nominated delegate,

II. At least one representative of the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation,

III. Director Academic Education,

IV. Pre-Registration Program Director,

V. School Manager,

VI. Director of Academic Career Development, and

VII. Administration Officer.

4. Value

a. The total value of the scholarship for a recipients enrolled full-time will be $87,500. This will be split into the following benefits:

I. a one-off payment of $500 in the first semester of their award, and

II. $14,500 per semester towards their tuition fees for six (6) semesters. Any remaining funds for each relevant semester will be dispersed to the student as a cash payment.

b. Where a recipient has been approved to study part-time:

I. the amount awarded for each relevant semester will be the pro rata value of the full-time rate, and

II. the duration of the scholarship will be extended to match the equivalent full-time duration of the program.

c. All scholarship payments will be paid after the relevant census date of each semester.

d. Deferral and suspension of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Director Academic Education.

e. The scholarship is not transferable to another University school, faculty or university.

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:

I. maintain a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 50 each semester, and

II. remain enrolled in a minimum of 24 credit points each semester in their eligible course.

b. The recipient may request to study less than 24 credit points in a semester where they can demonstrate a medical condition or other significant hardship that has impacted their ability to successfully undertake the required workload. Requests must be approved by the Director Academic Education prior to the commencement of the reduced workload.

c. 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. enrols in less than 24 credit points in a semester without prior approval from the Director Academic Education,

III. undertakes a leave of absence without prior approval from the Director Academic Education

IV. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,

V. 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,

VI. 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

VII. 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.

7. Other Requirements

a. Recipients of the scholarship are required to:

I. attend annual School Scholarship and prize events during the tenure of their scholarship,

II. contribute to communications and events to update the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation on their progress,

III. actively participate in the Susan Wakil Scholars Academy, and

IV. meet with the Director Academic Education or the designated academic once each semester during the tenure of this scholarship to discuss their academic progression.