Application tips

NB: A student may hold multiple ACU scholarships concurrently, provided that the combined value does not exceed $10,000 per annum.

Applying for an ACU Scholarship or Bursary is easy. Go to the Scholarships and Bursaries Browser, select the scholarship you want to apply for, and click on 'Apply online now' to start your application.

Below are some helpful tips to help you maximise your chance of success.

  1. Ensure you meet ALL eligibility criteria.
    Applications that do not meet ALL eligibility criteria are not submitted to the selection committee and will not be considered for a scholarship. Apply for all the scholarships you are eligible for to maximise your chances. Utilise the filters on the Scholarships and Bursaries Browser to reduce the risk of applying for scholarships that you are ineligible for.
  2. New Zealand citizens can apply
    For scholarships open to Australian citizens and permanent residents, NZ citizens resident in Australia can apply.
  3. Include ALL requested documentation
    If documentation is missing from your application, and it is a requirement of the application, it will not be submitted to the selection committee.
  4. If you are asked to provide 'EVIDENCE'
    If you are asked to provide 'EVIDENCE', you must provide documentary evidence to prove that you meet the criteria. A written statement or explanation is insufficient.
  5. Be specific
    Some scholarships require applicants to provide written statements. Make sure your statement covers the specific information that is requested. If you are asked to provide 'details' you can normally outline details in a written statement with or without documentary evidence.
  6. Check the details you have provided
    Re–read your application and have a friend or family member double check it before you submit to ensure you have clearly covered all specifics outlined in the scholarship rules.
  7. Check your emails
    Check your ACU student email account regularly, as that is where all scholarship correspondence will be sent and your response may be required within a certain timeframe.
Glossary Definition Examples
Academic merit Your academic achievements at high school, another tertiary institution, or ACU.
  • Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts from Student Connect are acceptable)
  • Academic achievement awards
Commitment to the ethos of ACU Your commitment to ACU's ethos, as outlined in ACU's Mission.
  • References
Contribution to community service and/or social justice Involvement in community service, volunteering, social justice issues, or working towards the common good.

For more information about community service, refer to our community involvement examples.
  • References from volunteer organisations
  • Relevant professional references
  • Certificate of participation/awards
Financial hardship You are experiencing difficulties with your studies due to financial hardship (eg low income).
  • Financial statement from Centrelink
  • Income tax return
  • Proof of income, such as pay slips or payment advice from employers
  • Evidence of any reason you are applying for a loan eg bills, rent receipts, housing bonds, textbook lists, repair quotes
Interest in or an understanding of the importance of parent and community involvement in education/commitment to the nursing profession/etc. Your knowledge of, and involvement in, the relevant field.
  • Certificate of participation in relevant field
  • Reference confirming participation in relevant field
  • Reference from an employer
Professional reference A supervisor or manager from paid employment who can comment on your skills and abilities in the workplace.
  • Written reference/s from your direct supervisor commenting on your work
  • Simply listing the contact details of your referees is insufficient.
Residence or geographical location Current residential address.
  • Rates notices (water rates, council rates)
  • Utility bills (gas, electricity)
  • School records
  • Residential lease
Social or geographic barriers You are experiencing difficulties with your studies due to social or geographic barriers.
  • SEAS application
  • Proof of residential address