If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria, then your application won’t be considered, so make sure you read the criteria thoroughly to increase your chances. There are no exceptions and no flexibility with eligibility criteria.
Don’t skimp on providing documentation
Some scholarships require supporting documentation to be provided as part of the application. If these aren’t provided, your application won’t be assessed, so make sure you include everything you need. When you’re asked to provide a reference, make sure it’s a written statement from your referee – not just a phone number.
Be open and honest with your ‘evidence’
When a scholarship requires ‘evidence’ to support your application, a written statement just won’t cut it – you’ll need to provide official documents to make your case.
For example, if you need to show evidence that you have achieved a high level of academic achievement, you’ll have to provide a copy of your school reports or OP/ATAR, and any academic achievement awards you have received. If you need to show financial hardship, a Centrelink Income Statement is one of several documents you can provide to support your application.
Check out our application tips for some examples of what kinds of documents will meet the different ‘evidence’ criteria.
Be as specific as possible
Some scholarships require you to write a statement to support your application. Make sure your statement is easy to understand, to-the-point, and covers all the information requested. Your written statement is usually the most important part of your application, as it’s the best chance for the assessment panel to get to know you. Format your statement neatly (use headings for each component), and present a professional application.
Review, review, review
We say it three times because it is THAT important – make sure you review your application before you submit. Fresh eyes can really help, so ask a friend or relative to proofread your work, and check that you’ve included all required documents.
Keep an eye on your email
Once your application is submitted, keep an eye on your email, as this is where all scholarship correspondence will be sent. ACU students must use their ACU email account. The outcome of your application will be sent within eight weeks of the scholarship closing date, and your response will be required within a certain timeframe, so don’t miss your chance.
Still have questions about applying for a scholarship? Get in touch with the team at AskACU.