Gail E Donne Scholarship in Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)

For students who identify as a woman enrolled full-time in a laboratory medicine program who can demonstrate financial hardship, academic ability and are involved in their community; worth up to $7,500.

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Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 5 August 2024

This scholarship provides up to $7,500 for one year. 

The scholarship may extend for an additional year depending on your demonstrated academic performance to achieve and/or excel in scholastic activities, and a positive recommendation from the academic head of the RMIT Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) program.  

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • identify as a woman
  • be a resident of Victoria at time of application
  • be enrolling full-time in semester 1 and 2 2025, in one of the following programs:
  • be passionate about pursuing a career in laboratory medicine
  • be able to demonstrate:
    • academic achievement/ potential
    • interpersonal communication/ leadership skills
    • community involvement
  • be able to demonstrate financial hardship such as:
    • receiving a government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • have not previously completed a program at the same level of study or higher
  • be available to attend an interview, if requested*

Preference will be given to applicants with a current regional/rural residence or who have moved from a regional/rural area to Melbourne to study this degree.

*RMIT has a great range of online career support resources available including a prepare for interviews section. Here you can upload your CV and practice mock interview questions. Visit RMIT’s online career support for how to prepare for interviews.

The online application form will be made available here when applications open. 

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

You will need:

  • Two reference letters from people who know you and can describe your qualities and achievements. References must include name and contact details (phone and email) and not be dated greater than three months ago. The references must be:
    • one personal reference (excluding family members), and
    • one professional reference (any school/university reference, must be on official letterhead).

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance prior to starting the online application.

  • What motivated you to choose your RMIT program? Include the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations in laboratory medicine?
  • Describe your two best academic achievements so far, excluding your ATAR or GPA result.
  • Describe your interpersonal communication/ leadership skills, providing at least two examples from your study and/or work life.
  • Describe your active community involvement (e.g., student/sport/church groups, donating blood, volunteering, etc).

Find out more about applying for scholarships.


Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 5 August 2024.

Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 5 August 2024.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions (PDF, 698KB).

This scholarship has been established in memory of Gail Elizabeth Mangion (nee Donne) who was an alumna of RMIT graduating in Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) in 1969.

Find out how to contact the Coursework Scholarships Office.

Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.

For information about other financial assistance available to RMIT students, please speak to one of our Student Welfare Advisors.

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