Don't ignore this page just because you may feel your chances of getting a scholarship are slim. Let me tell you, honestly, you just never know! You have to be in it to win it and it doesn't hurt to give a few scholarships a try at all. If you are thinking of attending UNSW, USYD, MQ, UTS or UOW have a look below at some examples of the main scholarships that are available for you. There are so many scholarships out there that there's a likely chance you'll find a few that you will be eligible for (head over to each university's scholarship information pages when you can).

As a side note, if you're still having trouble deciding which university to choose, have a look at our page on it here. The rankings and average graduate salaries of each university may also help you decide. If you're also still confused about bonus points, have a look here instead. See, we've got you covered. :-) The last thing you need is more stress during the HSC!


University of New South Wales

Co-op Program

This scholarship not only offers financial support for students, but also provides them with industrial training that can help students develop skills related to networking, leadership and professional development. If you plan on studying something in business, information systems, engineering or construction management and property, the Co-op Program may be for you.

Value: $16,750 per year, for the duration of your degree.


  • ATAR of 96+
  • Australian students
  • Personal qualities
  • Extracurricular activities

Closing Date: 30/09/2016

Key dates and/or Process:

  • November 25: Interviews
  • December 8: Conditional Offers

Scientia Scholarship

The Scientia Scholars program offers high achieving students financial support, academic mentors that provide advice and support, invitations to special events, the chance to become a student ambassador, and the encouragement to apply for research assistant positions.

Value: $10,000 per year, for the duration of your degree.


  • ATAR of 99.90+
  • UNSW listed as a preference

Key dates and/or Process: None! It's automatic - just get the ATAR!


University of Sydney

Although not a scholarship, you may also be interested in USYD's Future Leaders Dux Scheme, where dux students and student captains of NSW schools are guaranteed a place based on academic achievement and their principal's nomination.

Sydney Scholars Awards

The Sydney Scholars Awards offers Year 12 students commencing their studies in 2017 financial support.

Value: $6,000 to $10,000 in value and awarded in duration from one year, up to 5 years (combined degrees).


  • ATAR of 95+ or 90+ for  Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney College of Arts
  • ATAR of 99.90+ automatically results in scholarship worth $10,000 per year for duration of degree
  • International students can also apply
  • Demonstration of abilities in leadership, creativity, self-motivation and communication
  • Hardship grounds

Key dates and/or Process:

  • Online application including personal statement and school report
  • 29/08/2016: Applications Open
  • 30/09/2016: Applications Close
  • Late-November: Conditional Offers Issued
  • Mid-December: Firm Scholarship Offers Issued - except for Sydney Scholars Awards on Hardship Grounds
  • Late-January: Firm Scholarship Offers for Sydney Scholars Awards on Hardship Grounds Issued

Sydney Scholar Chancellor’s Award

The University of Sydney Scholar Chancellor's Award is given to students who excelled in their Year 12 results. Along with the financial support, students also gain priority for accommodation near campus and leadership programs. The scholarship can be deferred for up to two years.

Value: $10,000 per year for the duration of your degree.


  • ATAR of 99.95
  • USYD listed as a preference
  • Open to Australian and New Zealand students

Key dates and/or process: None! It's automatic - just get the ATAR!


Macquarie University

Merit Scholarship

Students who are expecting to get an ATAR of 98.5 or above should consider this scholarship.

Value: $12,000 per year for the duration of your degree.


  • Demonstrate outstanding character, maturity and common sense
  • Capacity to triumph hardship, such as 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

Key dates and/or process: 

  • Online application including personal statement and supporting documentation
  • School reference
  • Late January 2017: Applications close


University of Technology, Sydney

Vice-Chancellor's Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to the top five students with the highest ATAR that have applied for UTS.

Value: $12,500 per year for the duration of your degree.


  • Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • Current school leaver or gap year student
  • ATAR of 95+
  • High UAC preference to a UTS undergraduate course
  • Ranked in ATAR order
  • Motivation to succeed in the chosen degree program
  • Initiative in personal and professional life
  • Applying through UTS online Elite School Leavers Scholarships Application form will be highly regarded.

Key dates and/or Process:

  • 01/09/2016: Applications open
  • 09/12/2016: Applications close


University of Wollongong

Vice-Chancellor's Academic Excellence Scholarship

This scholarship was created for high achieving candidates living within UOW's main drawing area (the Illawarra, Southern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Southern Highlands and the South Coast of NSW).

Value: $3,000 for one year


  • Top performing students in the 2016 HSC are selected
  • Live within UOW's main drawing areas (listed above).
  • Have a UOW preference within the top 4 UAC preferences by 17 December 2016
  • Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident or hold an Australian Humanitarian Visa

Key dates and/or Process:

  • 01/07/2016: Applications open
  • 30/11/2016: Applications close


Jack Zheng | N° 45