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How to apply for a Sydney Scholars Award

3 August 2020
Scholarships for outstanding Year 12 students
Follow these six steps to apply for a Sydney Scholars Award. These prestigious scholarships reward exceptional Year 12 students to pursue an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.

There are two scholarships available for students commencing an undergraduate degree in 2021:

  1. $6000 per year for the duration of your degree (up to five years)
  2. $6000 for one year of your degree

If you are experiencing financial hardship or other disadvantage you may be eligible to apply for a Sydney Scholars Awards on Equity and Hardship Grounds.

1. Check your eligibility

To be eligible for the Sydney Scholars Awards, you must:

  • be a domestic student (includes New Zealand citizens) completing your HSC or equivalent in 2020, or
  • be an international student completing your IB or equivalent in 2020
  • achieve an ATAR of 95 or above (90 or above if you are applying for a music or dental degree)
  • apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for an undergraduate degree commencing in 2021 (which can be deferred for up to two years).

2. Reflect on your accomplishments

Write a list of your accomplishments (big and small). Successfully applicants are ‘all-rounder’ students, who display leadership skills and are involved in school, community and/or extracurricular activities.

You may also be considered for a range of faculty-specific scholarships, many of which will also consider these accomplishments.

4. Write your personal statement

Get started on your personal statement. Introduce yourself and tell us what your goals and achievements are (hint: don't work from the online form, save it as a separate document).

You will need to answer six questions which have a 1000 character limit each.

  1. Why are you applying for this course? 
  2. What are your academic achievements?
  3. What are your goals?
  4. Do you have any extracurricular, leadership, personal or community activities that you are involved in, and why are you involved in them?
  5. How do your activities contribute to your current and future aspirations?
  6. Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

5. Work on your application

Get started early and plan for what you need to submit by the application deadline: 30 September 2020. 

Before you start, you will need:

  • UAC application number
  • Personal email (not a school email)
  • The faculty of your first University of Sydney preference (search your course to check)
  • HSC trial results (if available)
  • Most recent school report in pdf
  • Your personal statement
  • New Zealand students can use 123456789 for the UAC code in your application.
  • Fill out the subject information section with as much detail as possible (if there is no subject equivalent to the NSW HSC, don't worry, we will take that into account).
  • Under number of units write N/A as this is for NSW HSC students only.
  • Under trial results provide your most recent overall results, if you do not have that, provide your Year 11 results instead.
  • If you think you need to provide multiple school reports, combine them into one pdf as you can only upload one file.

6. Check and submit

Make sure you proofread your application thoroughly. Have someone else read your personal statement. Check your spelling, grammar, and word counts, and ensure that you have provided documentation that supports your accomplishments.

Once you are ready, submit your application.

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