Gerard Driesen Scholarship to Support Indigenous Students

For Indigenous students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts, worth up to $10,000.

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Applications are now closed

If you are Indigenous and enrolling in a Bachelor of Arts, this scholarship could provide assistance for up to three years.

The Gerard Driesen Scholarship to Support Indigenous Students provides up to $10,000 per year for up to the standard duration of program for Indigenous students and one year for non-Indigenous students.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be be enrolled full-time semester 1 and 2 in 2022 in a bachelor degree program at RMIT
  • be able to demonstrate financial and/or educational disadvantage such as:
  • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • having a long-term medical condition or disability which impacts your study
  • have previously/are currently living in foster/kinship care or are a ward of the state o experiencing difficult family/social circumstances
  • have/will be relocating from interstate or rural/regional Victoria to Melbourne to study at RMIT
  • were born overseas, are from a non-English speaking background and recently migrated to Australia
  • are a current or former refugee
  • completed your secondary education at a Schools Network Access Program school 
  • have at least one year of full-time study left to complete.

Preference will be given to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.

Preference will then be given to students in one of the following programs

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.

If you are applying as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person you are required to establish eligibility for this scholarship by providing supporting documentation confirming that you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Submit your documentation direct to RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre via by the application close date. Information on suitable forms of confirmation documentation can be found on Ngarara Willim’s eligibility website.

Please visit Supporting documentation for more information.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications now closed.

Applications now closed.

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

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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