Community Bank® Scholarship

Register your interest now, applications open 1 December 2017.

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 who reside in, or have attended a secondary school in, the local area of the relevant Community Bank® branch offering a scholarship.
  • Some Community Bank® branch scholarships may support studies at university or TAFE, whilst others may support studies at university only or TAFE only. Please contact the participating Community Bank® branch for a copy of the fact sheet  to see what is on offer.
  • Any subject can be studied under this scholarship as long as:
    • for studies at an Undergraduate Bachelor degree level you are studying:
      • on campus, on a fulltime basis,
      • in an approved Australian course at an Australian university, TAFE institute or college campus
    • for TAFE studies:
      • your study is undertaken at a TAFE institute in an approved Australian course at the level of:
        • Full-time or competency based completion (Apprenticeships)
        • Certificate I, II, III or IV, or
        • Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate degree
      • the TAFE course must be of at least 10 weeks’ duration for full time study (or the part time equivalent).
      • you can be studying on campus and /or off campus (including online) and can be studying on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Fast facts

  • Accommodation? Yes, it's covered. This scholarship supports accommodation costs, reducing the financial burden of paying rent.
  • 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 much? Exactly how much the scholarship covers in expenses may vary between scholarships, please contact the participating Community Bank® branch for a copy of the relevant fact sheet.
  • How long? The duration of scholarships may vary between scholarships. Please contact the participating Community Bank® branch for a copy of the relevant fact sheet for details.
  • Deferring? Scholarship funds cannot be put on a lay-by, so if you're planning a gap year you'll have to wait to apply.
  • Mature age?
    • For study at an Undergraduate Bachelor degree level – you must have completed Year 12 and be aged 25 years or younger at the time of application.
    • For study at TAFE (in courses other than bachelor degree level) - applicants must be aged 16 to 25 (at the time of application) and must have left secondary school, having completed Year 10 as a minimum.

What can I do now to prepare?

Although you cannot commence your online application until 1 December, nor submit your application until you have your Year 12 results (if applicable) and University or TAFE 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 study related costs you will face during your first year of university or TAFE. e.g. quotes on accommodation costs (university provided or private), estimates of study related expenses such as textbooks, supplies, equipment (computers, printers etc.).

Need more info?

For details on a specific Community Bank® branch scholarship, please contact that local Community Bank® branch.

Participating Community Bank® branches

Frequently Asked Questions.

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.