Evelyn Boekemann Scholarship

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in a certificate IV or diploma; worth up to $28,000.

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The Evelyn Boekemann Scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the standard duration of your vocational education program and then can continue as you progress into an associate or bachelor’s degree program for the standard duration of that program.

For Certificate IV and diploma students, the program duration which may include a sequence where you articulate from Certificate IV to a diploma and then into an advanced diploma in the same field.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be enrolled full-time in semester 1 and 2 at RMIT in a certificate IV, diploma or advanced program in 2023
  • register with RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre and provide documentation confirming that you are an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander by the scholarship application due date
  • be able to demonstrate financial hardship such as:
    • receiving a government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • be able to demonstrate circumstance/s which impact your ability to study such as:
    • living with a disability, long-term medical condition or identify as neurodiverse
    • experiencing personal/family/social difficulties
    • be from an interstate or rural/regional area and moving/moved to Melbourne to study at RMIT
    • have previously/are currently living in foster/kinship care or are a ward of the state
    • be from an under-represented background such as completed secondary school at a School Network Access Program school

It is preferred that you apply direct to RMIT for this scholarship.

Direct to RMIT applications

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

VTAC applications

Apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website (www.vtac.edu.au).

Supporting documentation

Before you begin your application, please visit Supporting Your Application for more information about supporting your application with evidence and answering application questions.

You will need:

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

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

Note: if you are undertaking a vocational education program that progresses from a Certificate IV and/or Diploma to an Advanced Diploma, this scholarship can continue as you advance. You will need to progress each program in the standard duration of time it does take to complete each program.

E.g. to receive the scholarship for 2 years (four semesters) for studying accounting in Vocational Education:

First six months: receiving the scholarship while undertaking the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (duration one semester/6 months).

Second six months: the scholarship continues with you as you progress into the Diploma of Accounting (duration one semester/6 months).

Third and fourth semesters: the scholarship continues with you as you progress into the Advanced Diploma of Accounting (duration two semesters/one year).

Note: for the scholarship to continue into an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree, you must be accepted in the semester following the completion of your vocational education program.

This scholarship was made possible by the generous bequest of the late Mrs. Evelyn Boekemann who, in her will, made provision for the establishment of the Evelyn Boekemann Scholarship for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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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