DOOLEYS Community Engagement Internship Scholarship

About this scholarship

Valued at $5,000 the DOOLEYS Community Engagement Scholarship acknowledges students who are participating in community engagement outside of their course requirements. It supports students to broaden their involvement in existing partnerships, or to develop new partnerships, that enhance the dignity and wellbeing of the community. The DOOLEYS Community Engagement scholarship holder will be based at the Strathfield campus and will serve community imperatives in Western Sydney. Students will be required to carry out 200 hours of various community engagement activities that have been agreed in partnership with ACU Engagement. Students who gained entry to ACU via the Community Achiever Program and/or who have participated in community engagement activities in their first year at ACU are strongly encouraged to apply. There is also the option to re-apply for an additional 12 months for worthy and willing participants.

Application dates

Open Date: Closed

Close Date: Closed


  • The scholarship is valued at up to $5,000. It will be paid in instalments of $2,500 per semester.
  • There are two scholarships available.

Successful applicants will also be 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.

Student type

Current Students


  • Citizenship: domestic and international students
  • Faculty: any
  • Course: any ACU undergraduate degree
  • Campus: Strathfield
  • Year level: second year or above
  • Contributions made to community service and ACU’s Mission.

Application process

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

  • Written statement of approximately 500 words outlining:
    • how your community engagement supports the achievement of ACU’s Mission.
    • what you hope to achieve during your community engagement scholarship.
  • Written reference from a member of ACU teaching staff.
  • Evidence of previous community engagement activities.

Selection criteria

Selection criteria

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

  • Written statement
  • Evidence of commitment to community engagement and the ACU Mission

Selection process

Applicants will be shortlisted by the Scholarships Office, and the recipient will be determined by a selection committee. The committee will be comprised of: Father Anthony Casamento (Vice President), Professor Sandra Jones (PVC Engagement), Community partner representative (TBA)

Ongoing requirements

Successful applications will be required to:

  • remain enrolled in the course identified at the time of application.
  • maintain a minimum grade point average of at least 5.0 (credit) in each semester
  • participate in a minimum of 100 hours with the ACU Engagement team (upon acceptance of scholarship a work plan will be devised in partnership with your mentor)
  • participate in a minimum of 100 hours of approved community engagement activity per year with community partners of ACU Engagement
  • maintain an electronic portfolio that displays your progress and achievements throughout your time in the CES Program
  • maintain regular contact with their ACU Engagement mentor

You are also requested to submit a scholarship impact statement for the donor explaining how the scholarship has assisted you. The letter should be submitted to the Scholarships Office no later than 1 October each year.

Applications are closed

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