For students who can demonstrate circumstance/s which impact their ability to study; worth $5,000.
This scholarship provides up to $5,000 paid over one year.
Three scholarships available.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
Preference will be given to current or former refugees and/or commencing students who have recently migrated to Australia.
Postgraduate students are ineligible to apply.
It is preferred that you apply direct to RMIT for this scholarship.
The online application form will be made available here when applications open.
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 a current or former refugee, you will need a copy of your:
Find out more about applying for scholarships.
Applications for Semester 1, 2024 are now closed.
This scholarship will next be offered for Semester 1, 2025, with applications opening August 2024.
Applications are now closed.
The Orcadia Foundation Scholarship is made available by the generous support of the Orcadia Foundation. The founder of the Orcadia Foundation and his family relocated to Australia from the UK in 1972; it was, in many ways, a seamless transition.
‘We understood the way of life here, we spoke the language and our qualifications were recognised,’ he said.
But the challenge of starting again in a new country motivated the founder to empathise with the difficulties faced by those relocating from very different cultures and environments.
The Orcadia Foundation Scholarship is provided to make the lives of migrant students less of a struggle.
Quotes from past recipients:
"The scholarship has given me the confidence and helped me focus on my study and not be concerned about the course fees and expenses that I have to pay" - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking student
"The benefits of this scholarship were very effective and has made a huge difference in how much time I got to spend on my studies to achieve my goals and maintain high grades throughout the year, instead of working at any minimum wage job to support myself, which I would not have been left me with much time to focus on my studies. Therefore I truly found the scholarship very supportive and helpful during the year." - Bachelor of Economics and Finance student
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.
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.