Sir William Tyree Engineering Scholarship

For commencing Bachelor of Engineering students; worth up to $64,000.

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Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024

This scholarship provides $16,000 per year for up to four years. 

Three scholarships available.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be commencing full-time study in semester 1 and 2 2025 and have received a program offer by the 23 December 2024* in a single Bachelor of Engineering program**
  • have completed Year 12 VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) in a Victorian secondary school in 2023 or 2024 with a minimum ATAR score of 80
  • be able to demonstrate circumstance/s which impact your ability to study such as:
    • receiving a government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
    • 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

*Direct to RMIT applicants must also accept their program offer by this date.

**The Bachelor of Software Engineering is not an eligible program for this scholarship. Double degree programs are also ineligible for this scholarship.

We welcome all eligible students to apply, with a preference for those who are from a rural/regional area who have relocated to study and/or are studying either electrical or mechanical engineering.

Note: you cannot be in receipt of/hold another scholarship if you are successful in receiving this scholarship (excluding accommodation-based scholarships).

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 ( 

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:

  • to upload a copy of your ATAR score from 2023 or 2024.

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Application questions

If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be contacted to answer further application questions. Please check the email address you nominate in your scholarship application form at least twice per week. The questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance.

  • Discuss your passion for studying in your chosen field of engineering, including the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • Discuss any achievements or significant results (excluding your ATAR score).
  • Provide an example of when you have demonstrated leadership potential in your schooling, working and/or personal life.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • What current challenges do you face in your studies and how will a scholarship help you to overcome this?

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).

Quotes from past recipients:

"Being able to meet Robbie, the daughter of Sir William Tyree and her family was an amazing experience that I will always remember. That is not the scholarship itself but the opportunities that came with it. I've never had someone so invested in me and helping me which has really helped me believe in myself. That sounds corny but its true. When I got the email  that I had been chosen as the sole recipient I couldn't believe it.  I still don't believe it. Having this scholarship and knowing Robbie, I feel like I can't let her down or let her father's legacy down. I may have dropped out of university or taken a gap year but instead I try my best. This scholarship and Robbie have changed my life for the better." - Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) (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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