Early Entry and Scholarships

Early Entry and Scholarships

Creating a pathway to success

Our Early Entry pathway creates an avenue for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for tertiary education. You could receive an offer as early as August 2017 to begin study in 2018!

Early entry pathway 

What is it? 

Walanga Muru’s Early Entry Pathway is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples wishing to study an undergraduate degree at Macquarie University. Participants are invited to attend our on campus testing day in order to demonstrate that they possess the minimum essential skills and knowledge to successfully undertake a degree in their chosen field.  

Am I eligible?

This pathway is available for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples applying to study an undergraduate degree at Macquarie University. You do not need to have completed Year 12 or gained an ATAR score to apply.  

How do I apply?

You can apply for the Early Entry Pathway with Walanga Muru by submitting the application form below. You will also need to apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). (Needs to be a link and an explanation or something on how to do this). 

Contact Amelia Corr or Taylah Pearce for more information.  

Amelia Corr 
Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator 
E: amelia.corr@mq.edu.au 
P: (02) 9850 8624 

Taylah Pearce 
Indigenous Recruitment Officer 
E: taylah.pearce@mq.edu.au 
P: (02) 9850 8631

Scholarships

Scholarships assist students with the financial costs of attending university, such as the cost of textbooks and living-away-from-home expenses.

Indigenous Commonwealth scholarships 

Indigenous Access Scholarship

Eligibility: Indigenous students with demonstrated financial hardship commencing tertiary study for the first time. 

Value: $4823 (one off payment in the first year of your undergraduate degree). 

Applications: Applications for 2016 are now open at the UAC website.
The Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS) assists Indigenous students with financial need who are commencing tertiary study for the first time.


Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship 

Eligibility: Indigenous students with demonstrated financial hardship 

Value: $2543 per annum 

Applications: Applications for 2016 are now open at the UAC website.

The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS) assists Indigenous students who are able to demonstrate financial hardship related to the costs associated with higher education. ICECS is tenable for a maximum of four years of undergraduate study (subject to continuing eligibility).


Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship

Eligibility: Indigenous students with demonstrated financial hardship relocating from a regional or remote area of Australia. 

Value: $5087 per annum (paid in two instalments of $2543.50 each semester). 

Applications: Applications for 2016 are now open at the UAC website. 

Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships (ICAS) are open to commencing and continuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from regional and remote areas of Australia who can demonstrate current financial hardship and who have had to, or will have to, relocate to undertake their tertiary education.
The scholarship is tenable for a maximum of four years of undergraduate study.

Macquarie University scholarships 

The Macquarie University Dunmore Lang College (DLC) Regional and Rural Scholarship 

Eligibility: Students relocating from regional and rural areas in Australia. 

Value: A fully funded standard room at DLC for up to four years of undergraduate study. 

Applications: Applications for 2016 are now open. 

This Macquarie University and Dunmore Lang College Regional and Rural Scholarship was created in recognition of the initial and ongoing costs for a student relocating from regional and rural areas in Australia to study at Macquarie University. Recipients of the Regional and Rural Scholarship also receive other forms of support.


Macquarie University Robert Menzies College (RMC) Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship 

Eligibility: New or continuing RMC students with demonstrated financial need. 

Value: $3000 tenable for one year. 

Application: Applications are now OPEN for 2016. 

The purpose of the RMC Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship is to assist students in financial need with accommodation costs to support them while living at RMC. In addition to lodging the online application above, students also need to apply for a scholarship on the Robert Menzies College website. Preference will be given to students who have not received the same scholarship before.


Macquarie University Alumni Accommodation Scholarship 

Eligibility: New incoming undergraduate students in any discipline who are relocating from a regional or rural area to study at Macquarie University and are able to demonstrate financial hardship. 

Value: $10174 per year (2015 value), renewable for up to four (4) years contingent on meeting ongoing eligibility requirements. 

Application: Applications for 2016 are open now at www.uac.edu.au/equity. 

The Macquarie University Alumni Accommodation Scholarship was established to assist students who are able to demonstrate financial hardship (applicants need to be in receipt of Youth Allowance or any other means tested Commonwealth support) and be relocating from a rural or regional area to study at Macquarie University.


Alumni Garrawi Indigenous Scholarship 

Eligibility: Postgraduate student of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent. 

Value: $2,500 tenable for one year only. 

Application: Applications are now open. To apply complete the online application form.  Applications close 8 January 2016. 

The Macquarie University Garrawi Indigenous Scholarship was established in 2005 to encourage Indigenous students to undertake postgraduate studies at Macquarie University. It is awarded to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander postgraduate student based on their academic merit and demonstrated commitment to Indigenous community advancement.

Please contact the Student Engagement Coordinator for more information or assistance with applying for scholarships. 

Student Engagement Coordinator
P: (02) 9850 4498

SBS & NITV Media Mentorship 

The SBS & NITV Media Mentorship Program is open to Macquarie University students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (for example, students who speak a language other than English at home) and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Media) and associated media courses. 

Other scholarship opportunities 

For other Indigenous scholarships, visit  The Aspiration Initiative
For other Macquarie University scholarships

For more information keep in touch with Walanga Muru or our Coursework Scholarships and Prizes Unit as scholarships sometimes become available outside of normal scholarship periods through external funding or donations to the University.

Scholarships and Prizes Unit 
E: csap@mq.edu.au
P: (02) 9850 7337

Gaining relevant experience through a cadetship whilst studying!

The Cadetship Program offers a unique opportunity for Macquarie's Indigenous students to gain paid practical work experience that is relevant to their degree and in their chosen field of study.

Cadetships

Our individualised approach to this program allows students to complete work placements across corporate, not for profit, and community organisations, such as ANZ, Redfern Legal Centre and Johnson and Johnson Medical, providing opportunities for cadets to develop relationships with national and international organisations.
To find out more or apply for the cadetship program contact our Indigenous Workforce Coordinator.

Indigenous Workforce Coordinator
P: (02) 9850 9970
Building W3A, Room 316

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