Winning a scholarship can be an effective way of helping to pay for your education.

Schools, universities and other educational institutions offer scholarships based on various criteria. These may be merit-based or related to the cultural or social background of student's.

External institutions and benefactors also fund scholarships for various reasons, including needs-based or career specific.

Scholarships in government schools

Some government schools offer scholarships or awards that are usually sponsored by an organisation to help cover the cost of specific educational activities. In most cases it is for students already attending the school. Talk to the principal to find out more.

Scholarships for Aboriginal students

The Dame Roma Mitchell Scholarship was instituted in 1993 to provide financial support for Aboriginal students undertaking studies in years 11 and 12 to complete the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

The scholarship is awarded for excellence - it is recognised as a prestigious award in our South Australian communities. Scholarship winners receive $2000.

To apply for the Dame Roma Mitchell Scholarship, please complete the application form.

Applications close Friday 1 November 2019. See the principal or Aboriginal education worker at your school for help with the application.

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program provides support to eligible Indigenous higher education students with the general costs of study and support where they have had to move from a rural or remote area in order to study.


Visit the websites of South Australia's three universities to find out about their range of scholarships:

Scholarship programs offered by other universities in Australia can be found at Study Assist website.

International students

International students studying or planning to study in Australia on a student visa can apply for a scholarship offered by Australian-based organisations, institutions and government bodies.

Postgraduate students may be eligible for an Australia Award Fellowship. These are long term awards for study at an Australian higher education institution and are aimed at building partnerships with developing countries while addressing priority development areas.

Other forms of assistance

School Card - full-time students from low income families who are attending government schools can claim assistance for a range of school expenses, including fees.

Help with educational costs - students and their families can get help with education costs through a variety of schemes provided by Centrelink and other national agencies.

Travel concession and allowances - eligible students can apply for a travelling allowance and boarding assistance.

Grants - school communities can apply for a grant to fund new initiatives that encourage increased involvement of parents and caregivers.

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