Francis Xavier Conaci Scholarship

Established in 2016 by ACU Vice Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, this scholarship is to honour Francis Xavier Conaci, a young Aboriginal man who joined the Benedictines and was sent to Rome for his education. This scholarship will assist an ACU student to attend the UNCC300 core curriculum unit at the ACU  Rome Centre.

One scholarship valued at $3,000 is available each year, paid in one lump sum.

This scholarship is open to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Undergraduate students
  • Enrolled in UNCC300 Understanding Self and Society over the December/January summer break.

Required Documentation
The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • A written statement of approximately 250 words outlining why attending this core curriculum unit in Rome is important for your education.

Selection Criteria
Applications are assessed on the strength of the following criteria:

  • Written statement.

Selection Process
A recipient will be selected by a selection committee comprised of the Director, First Peoples & Equity Pathways Directorate, the Director, International, and an Aboriginal Elder or Indigenous Academic as nominated by the Director of First Peoples & Equity Pathways Directorate.

Ongoing requirements
Recipients are requested to submit a letter of appreciation for the donor explaining how the Scholarship has assisted them. The letter should be submitted to the Scholarships Office no later than 1 October each year.

Recipients are expected to attend a scholarship awards ceremony to be formally presented with their scholarship.