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 an application form. You will also need to apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

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.

ISSP Commonwealth scholarships

ISSP Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship

Eligibility: Undergraduate Indigenous students with demonstrated financial hardship

Value: $2637 for one year

Applications: Open now for 2018. Apply by 13 December 2017 for the December round of offers or by 5th or 22nd January 2018 for the January round of offers. Applications are through UAC at www.uac.edu.au/equity

ISSP Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship are funded by the Commonwealth Government. They assist Indigenous students with demonstrated financial hardship to meet the costs associated with higher education.


ISSP Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship

Eligibility: Undergraduate Indigenous students relocating from regional or rural Australia.

Value: $5267 for one year

Applications: Open now for 2018. Apply by 13 December 2017 for the December round of offers or by 5th or 22nd January 2018 for the January round of offers.  Applications are through UAC at www.uac.edu.au/equity

ISSP Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government. They assist Indigenous students relocating from regional or rural areas with demonstrated financial hardship to meet the costs associated with accessing higher education.

Macquarie University scholarships

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

Eligibility: New undergraduate students relocating from regional and rural Australia.

Value: A fully funded standard room at DLC for up to four years of undergraduate study contingent on meeting ongoing eligibility criteria.

Applications: Applications for 2018 are now clsoed.

The Macquarie University Dunmore Lang College Regional and Rural scholarship was created in recognition of the initial and ongoing costs of relocating from regional and rural Australia to study at Macquarie University.

In addition to demonstrating that an applicant is relocating from regional or rural Australia, successful applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • Financial need
  • Capacity to triumph over hardship
  • Leadership potential
  • Community involvement, and
  • that they are a new undergraduate domestic student to Macquarie University having not studied at University before.

The scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years subject to continuing to meet eligibility criteria. Please note: applicants' permanent residence postcode will be used in the first instance to assess whether they are relocating from a regional or remote area.


Macquarie University Robert Menzies College (RMC) Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship

Eligibility: New or continuing Indigenous students with demonstrated financial need living at Robert Menzies College.

Value: $8000 per year for up to four years contingent on meeting ongoing eligibility criteria.

Application: Applications for 2018 open 19 August 2017 and close 15 February 2018.

The purpose of the scholarship is to assist Indigenous students in financial need with accommodation costs support while living in RMC. One scholarship is available valued at $8000 per year ($4000 per half year) and renewable for up to 4 years subject to ongoing eligibility. The scholarship will be paid as a rebate on accommodation fees


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 closed.

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 person on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated commitment to Indigenous community advancement.

Eligibility criteria for this scholarship includes:

  • academic merit;
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • enrolled or intending to enrol in a postgraduate coursework program;
  • demonstrated commitment to course work;
  • demonstrated commitment to Indigenous community advancement;
  • demonstrated leadership qualities;
  • capacity to triumph over hardship which may include: financial disadvantage, sole parent or carer responsibilities, non-English speaking or Indigenous background, effects of trauma and/or abuse, long-term medical condition or disability or coming from a rural or remote area.

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

Gain relevant experience through a cadetship whilst studying!

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

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 and to apply for the Cadetship Program, contact our Aboriginal Workforce Development Coordinator, todd.phillips@mq.edu.au

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