Jack Ward Scholarship

For associate and bachelor's degree students in their second year or higher who can demonstrate financial hardship and other circumstances which impact their study; worth up to $28,000.

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Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024

This scholarship provides up to $7,000 per year ($3,500 per semester) for the standard full-time duration of an undergraduate program.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be enrolling full-time in semester 1 2025 at RMIT in an associate or bachelor degree program
  • have completed at least the first year of your degree by the official results release date in November in the year of application
  • be able to demonstrate academic achievement in your current program with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to date of 3.0 or greater at the end of semester 2 2024
  • 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
      • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
      • were born overseas, are from a non-English background and recently migrated to Australia
      • current or former refugee
      • completed secondary school at a School Network Access Program school
  • have at least one year of full-time study left to complete
  • not have previously completed a program at the same level or higher


  • Students who are completing their first year of an associate or bachelor degree in the year the scholarship commences are ineligible to apply
  • Students who are directly entering into second or third year of a new program with credit exemptions and who have not studied at least one full-time year of their new program are ineligible to apply

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.

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024.

Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024.

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

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This scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from the Board of the Melbourne Cooperative Bookshop Limited. The Melbourne Cooperative Bookshop was established at RMIT in 1960, as a student-led initiative to provide text books at reasonable prices for students.

The Jack Ward Scholarship was established by RMIT in 2015 in recognition of Mr Jack Ward, RMIT Chief Librarian from 1956 to 1980. Mr Ward was also a Director of the Melbourne Cooperative Bookshop. This scholarship is open to continuing students completing any undergraduate program at RMIT.

Photo: RMIT University Archives Collection, Jack Ward Chief Librarian, PH1.4.206:01 c1975

Quotes from past recipients:

"This year has been the most strenuous and difficult year of my course so far, with the workload greatly increasing from the previous years. The scholarship has allowed me to be able to comfortably know that if I need to take a day off work for my studies that I will still be able to pay my rent, eat and not have to worry that I've missed a shift. This is one of the most stressful parts of working and commuting within a heavy course load, and without this scholarship I don't think I would be have been able to produce my work to the standard that I have done so (and will continue to do so as the year continues!)" - Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) student

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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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.