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Adam Scott Foundation Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship for commencing students
Up to $200,000 scholarship to support domestic students under 30 who are experiencing hardship or disadvantage to commence undergraduate studies.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
Up to $50,000 (for up to 4 years)
  • Domestic student
  • Under 30
  • Starting an undergraduate coursework degree
9 September 2021 11 October 2021

How to apply

Apply here

Application results will be available in late December to early January.


This scholarship is valued at up to $50,000 per year, tenable for the duration of your degree for up to four years. This value includes:

  • $10,000 per year towards living expenses
  • up to $15,000 towards tuition fees
  • up to $25,000 towards accommodation costs for students in University-owned accommodation.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a domestic student
  • be under the age of 30
  • be starting an undergraduate coursework degree (including combined degrees) at the University of Sydney
  • demonstrate financial hardship or other disadvantage.


This scholarship was founded from a donation from the Adam Scott Foundation.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship was established in 2019 from a generous donation by the Adam Scott Foundation. The Scholarship supports deserving students for whom the cost of course fees, accommodation and living expenses would otherwise be prohibitive to study at the University.

2. Eligibility

a. The applicant must be a domestic student commencing an undergraduate coursework degree (including combined degrees), on a full-time basis, within the University of Sydney.

b. The applicant must be under 30 years of age at the time of application for this award.

c. The applicant must be able to demonstrate disadvantage or hardship, being financial and/or non-financial.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. a personal statement that describes:

i. the candidate’s leadership skills,

ii. involvement in extracurricular activities, and

iii. how a tertiary education will enable the candidate to fulfil their goals.

b. Shortlisted applicants may be invited to attend an interview with the Selection Committee. In the event that applicants are unable to travel to Sydney to attend, the interview will be conducted via an online video teleconferencing platform.

c. The Scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) or their nominated delegate, and at least one representative from the Adam Scott Foundation, and other representatives from the University of Sydney as determined by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at up to $50,000 per annum and is tenable for up to 4 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance, as per the following:

I. Up to $10,000 per annum towards the Scholarship recipient’s living costs, paid in equal instalments after the census date of each semester, and

II. Up to $15,000 per annum towards annual tuition fees offset.

III. In the event the recipient elects to live in University-owned accommodation, the Scholarship will provide up to $25,000 per annum towards accommodation costs which will be paid directly to the University Accommodation Services on the recipient’s behalf.

b. Deferral or suspension of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

c. The Scholarship is not transferable to another University school or faculty without prior approval of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

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

e. The maximum amount payable of the scholarship is $200,000 over a period of 4 years.

f. No other amount is payable.

g. Recipient may be invited to attend Adam Scott Foundation events.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 50 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. Recipients undertaking part-time study must seek approval from the Scholarships Office to continue receipt of this Scholarship on a part-time basis.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship may be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws or fails to enrol as per section 2a,

II. commences part-time study without prior approval as per section 5c,

III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance as per section 5a,

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 similar purposes as per 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.