Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship

Applications are now OPEN and close 25 January 2016.

Apply now!

Do you have everything you need? Check out what you can do to prepare.

What else do I need to know?

Let's get started by taking a look at the things you need to know now.

  • This Scholarship is for students living in rural and regional Australia.
  • Any subject can be studied under this scholarship as long as it is at a degree level in an approved Australian course.
  • You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Only first time university students wishing to study full-time in 2016 can apply.
  • You must demonstrate the disadvantage (economic and/or social) hindering your ability to undertake further study.

Fast facts

  • Accommodation? Yes, it's covered. This scholarship supports accommodation costs, taking away the financial burden of paying rent.
  • Expenses? Exactly how much the scholarship covers in expenses depends on the amount awarded, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 your scholarship will go towards meeting these necessary costs.
  • Study resources? Books and computers are a must for you to get through your studies so it makes sense for these must-have items to be covered.
  • How long? The scholarship covers one full year of studying but, depending on your academic performance it may be renewed for a second year.
  • Deferring? Scholarship funds cannot be put on lay-by so if you're planning a gap year you'll have to wait to apply.
  • Mature age? Only secondary school leavers who graduate in 2015, or 2014 having taken a gap year, can apply for this scholarship.
  • Started another course? This scholarship is for first time tertiary students only.
  • Work part-time? The study and work life balance can be quite a juggle and we know that in reality part-time work is essential to get by, as long as you're studying full-time this scholarship is for you.

What can I do to prepare?

Although you cannot commence your online application until 1 December, nor submit your application until you have your Year 12 results & University Letter of Offer, there are some things you can be working on now to ease the pressure later on. 

For example:

  • Your story – start thinking about, and recording, the challenges you have faced as well as your hopes for your future education and career
  • References – speak with your teachers and others about providing you with a reference
  • Quotes/estimates – obtain quotes / estimates or research the study related costs you will face during your first year of university e.g. quotes on accommodation costs (university provided or private) , estimates of costs of study related expenses such as textbooks, supplies, equipment (computers, printers etc.).

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Scholarship Snapshot

Community Bank® Branch Scholarships are funded from management accounts of the Community Enterprise Charitable Fund ABN 12 102 649 968 (the Fund), The Bendigo Centre, Bendigo VIC 3550. Sandhurst Trustees Limited ABN 16 004 030 737 AFSL 237906, a subsidiary of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178, AFSL 237879, is the trustee of the Fund.

The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarships are provided by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178, AFSL 237879, The Bendigo Centre, Bendigo VIC 3550.