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Science Top of the State Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship
$5000 scholarship to support top achievers in science in the NSW Higher School Certificate to pursue an undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Science.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$5000
  • Achieve first place in one of the NSW HSC subjects listed below
  • Achieved a minimum ATAR of 95
  • No previous tertiary studies
  • Undergraduate student at the Faculty of Science
N/A December 2020

How to apply

No application is required, as this scholarship is awarded based on HSC results and enrolment in relevant degree/subjects. Recipients will be informed by email after HSC results are released. For more information, please refer to the terms and conditions.

Benefits

The scholarship is valued at $5000 and is tenable for one year only. 

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have achieved first place in the NSW HSC in:
    • Agriculture
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth and Environmental Science
    • Geography
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematics Extension 1
    • Mathematics Extension 2
    • Physics
    • Science Extension
  • have achieved a minimum ATAR of 95 in the NSW HSC or equivalent
  • not have previously undertaken tertiary studies
  • be commencing studies in an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Science or a double or combined undergraduate degree in which one component of the degree is within the Faculty of Science
  • enrol in at least 12 credit points of units, in their first year of enrolment, in the subject area in which they achieved first place.

Background

Established in 2017 by the Faculty of Science, this Scholarship recognises the exceptional talent of applicants who are the top achiever in a science subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC). The scholarship encourages recipients to continue to pursue their passion for science in an undergraduate degree within the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.

1. Background

a. Established in 2017 by the Faculty of Science, this Scholarship recognises the exceptional talent of candidates who are the top achiever in a science subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC). The Scholarship encourages recipients to continue to pursue their passion for science in an undergraduate degree within the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant being a recent school leaver and having an unconditional offer of admission in full-time in an undergraduate degree (including combined or double degrees) within the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be the first-place achiever in one or more of the following NSW HSC subjects: Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Physics, and Science Extension.

c. Applicants must be enrolled in at least 12 credit points of units of study in the subject area associated with the NSW HSC subject in which they achieved first place in their first year of enrolment.

d. Applicants must have achieved an ATAR or equivalent of at least 95.00 in the NSW HSC.

e. Applicants must not have previously undertaken tertiary study.

f. Applicants who have deferred or have undertaken a gap year are not eligible.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

b. The Scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of the Dean of Science or their nominated delegate.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $5,000 and is tenable for one year only.

b. The Scholarship value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

c. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Dean of the Faculty of Science or their nominee, and it is not transferable to another University school, faculty or university with prior approval.

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

e. 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 75 each semester.

b. Recipients must complete, during their first year of enrolment, at least 12 credit points of units of study in the subject area associated with the NSW HSC subject in which they achieved first place.

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 enrol in or satisfactorily complete, in their first year of enrolment, at least 12 credit points of units of study in the subject area associated with the NSW HSC subject in which they achieved first place,

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. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, and/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.