Peter W. Sheehan Scholarship

Established in 2008, this award commemorates Professor Peter W. Sheehan AO, Vice-Chancellor of ACU from 1998 to 2008 and his roles as former President of the Australian Psychological Society, the International Congress of Psychology and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He was also made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 1995 and received the Centenary Medal in 2003 for his contributions to Australian Society.

This award honours Professor Peter W. Sheehan's deep commitment to the University and his professional commitment to the Psychology profession.

Professor Peter W. Sheehan has demonstrated much passion about the power of education, research and psychology to improve the lives of individuals and change society for the better. He devoted significant time at ACU, encouraging students and colleagues to recognise and develop their strengths and harness their skills and experience to work for social justice and the common good.

One scholarship valued at $1,000 is available each year, paid in one lump sum.

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

  • Undertaking the Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • In the third year of their course (or part-time equivalent)

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

  • A written statement of approximately 100 words outlining the applicant's contribution (consistent with the University Mission) to the University or wider community
  • Written reference which addresses the above criteria
  • Academic transcript

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

  • Written statement
  • Written reference
  • Academic merit (Completed 50 credit points in Psychology units from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APACA) accredited sequence)

Selection Process
The recipients will be selected by the Executive Dean Faculty of Health Sciences (or nominee), Head of School Psychology, and other representatives as deemed appropriate.

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 of each year.