Community Engagement Scholarship

About this scholarship

Established in 2018 the Community Engagement Scholarship is a two-year program that recognises and rewards students who demonstrate a commitment to ongoing development of their knowledge and skills in community engagement. Community Engagement Scholars take on a large commitment during the two years of the program. Refer to ‘Ongoing Requirements’ below. Scholars are provided with: a work space and access to a computer in the ACU Engagement office, an ACU Engagement mentor throughout their participation in the program, access to all ACU Engagement seminars, workshops and other community engagement learning opportunities, the opportunity to give a presentation on their learnings to our community partners and senior ACU Staff at the end-of-year seminar.

Application dates

Open Date: Closed

Close Date: Closed

Scholarship type



  • The scholarship has a total value of $10,000, being $5,000 per annum, to be paid in $2,500 instalments each semester over two years.
  • One scholarships is available.

Student type

Current Students


This scholarship is open to applicants who meet all of the following criteria, as of the scholarship application closing date.

  • Citizenship: Domestic and international students
  • Faculty: any
  • Course: any ACU undergraduate degree
  • Campus: Brisbane
  • Year level: Second year or above, with a minimum of two years left to complete (at the time of scholarship commencement)
  • Contribution to, and/or leadership in, community service

Application process

Apply online by clicking the button below and completing the application form. You must attach the following documentation with your application:

  • A written statement of approximately 500 words outlining:
    • How do you engage with your community and how does this reflect the mission and values of ACU?
  • A written reference in support of your community engagement activities (from an academic or community engagement leader)

Selection criteria

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

  • Written statement
  • Evidence of community service

Selection process

Applications will be shortlisted by the Scholarships Office and a recipient selected by selection committee comprised of ACU’s Vice-President, Pro Vice Chancellor Engagement and a Community partner representative.

Ongoing requirements

To remain eligible for scholarship payments, recipients are required to maintain the following:

  • Remain enrolled in course identified at the time of application
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0
  • Participate in a minimum of 100 hours of community engagement practicum per year with ACU Engagement (may include internally-focused engagement activities)
  • Participate in a minimum of 100 hours of approved community engagement activity per year with community partners of ACU Engagement
  • Attend quarterly workshops focused on topics related to community engagement run by ACU Engagement
  • Maintain an electronic portfolio that displays their progress and achievements throughout their time in the CES Program
  • Maintain regular contact with their ACU Engagement mentor

Applications are closed

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