President and Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Scholarship Appeal 2016

Student callers

Empowering the next generation

Your donation to the President and Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Scholarship Appeal is more than just financial aid. It gives talented young minds a chance to study at UNSW and the opportunity to succeed. The President and Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Scholarship supports disadvantaged students from low socio-economic backgrounds, including rural students, Indigenous Australians, students with disabilities and students experiencing hardship.

They receive $5,000 per year for the duration of their degree, paying for essentials like accommodation, food, text-books, computers, transport and other living expenses.Since 2009, over 8,500 alumni have answered the call. Their generosity has allowed us to offer over 80 scholarships to gifted students in need. This year we'd like your help to offer this opportunity to another 10 UNSW students.


Give the gift of opportunity to students in need

We all know education is important. 

But getting access to it isn’t always easy. Only 1% of all higher education students are indigenous, just 16% are from low social-economic homes and only 1 in 5 students are from remote areas. The President and Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship provides talented kids from disadvantaged backgrounds with a chance at a brighter future.

It was not an easy move… It was a big change culturally, coming to a bigger city, where I didn’t know anyone. I’m so grateful it (the scholarship) made all the difference to me and my family by relieving a great proportion of financial pressure.”

- Natalie Tieck, Recent Bachelor of Commerce (International) Graduate.

The problem isn’t just getting into university, but staying there

Creating more pathways and places at university for underrepresented groups is only part of the challenge.

The biggest challenge is not just getting into university, but staying there. The living expenses and study costs of attending university are considerable, worsened for those who need to move away from home to study, or those who have dependents or families reliant on their income to survive.

I have a single mum, who has supported me and my younger sister. This made it very hard to get up and move away, and to afford the cost of living and books. The Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Scholarship has helped ease the pressure and financial strain of studying

- Maggie-Kate Minogue, fifth year UNSW undergraduate medicine student.

Give back to the university that gave you a head-start

While a scholarship of $5,000 per year may not seem like much, it can be the difference between struggle and success for disadvantaged UNSW students. Your donation can give a first-year from a low income family the money to buy a computer and text books, an ambitious student the chance to focus on study instead of extra night-shifts, or an indigenous student from a remote area a ticket home for the holidays.

The scholarship has been pretty damn crucial. It’s the equivalent of not having to work an extra 10 hours per week to cover rent,”

- Fourth year engineering student Simba Kuestler holds down a part-time job as a high school tutor and is a leader of Sunswift, UNSW’s solar race car team.

How you can help

We ask you to reflect on the opportunities your UNSW education has given you since graduation. How much would you pay to give them the same opportunity to study at UNSW that you had? All donations big and small can make a difference. 


You can also give by:


Donations to UNSW of $2.00 or more are tax deductible in Australia.


About the scholarship

• Students must apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Equity Scholarships Scheme

• The successful applicant must be entering their first year of any single or combined undergraduate degree at UNSW

• Scholarships are offered at the beginning of each year

• All applicants must be Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents

• Successful applicants will receive $5,000 per annum for the duration of their degree. 


About the UNSW ASPIRE Program

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