Open Universities Australia offers Can Do Scholarships, Academic Achievement Scholarships and Burmese Refugees in Thailand Scholarships to assist OUA students with their studies.
Can Do Scholarships
OUA understands that not every student experiences the same study opportunities and so in 2012 introduced the 'Can Do' Scholarships to assist new students to get started.
The 'Can Do' Scholarship is ideal for students that:
- Have never studied at higher education level
- Would like to qualify for admission to a degree AND;
- Would like to be able to afford it.
This scholarship offers students the kick-start needed to achieve the above by covering the tuition fees of the introductory units required to qualify for a Commonwealth supported place, which is a place in an undergraduate course of study where the Australian Government contributes towards the cost of your education.
Additionally, as a Commonwealth supported place student you can also access the HECS-HELP government loan scheme available to eligible students to help pay for your studies.
To apply for the scholarship, you must be:
- An Australian citizen or Permanent Humanitarian visa resident in Australia
- Eligible to receive Centrelink benefits for the duration of your study with OUA
- Able to demonstrate your commitment and capability to study at university level
- Intending to complete a Commonwealth supported place degree course through OUA studies
- Not yet eligible for a Commonwealth supported place degree but may have completed some OUA preparatory or undergraduate units
In 2013 OUA is offering the 'Can Do' Scholarship for the following Commonwealth supported place courses listed below. Applicants should refer to the relevant course page on the website for the Commonwealth supported place course admission criteria for the minimum number of units required.
The 'Can Do' Scholarship covers tuition fees for a maximum of four undergraduate units and three preparatory units.
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management and Economics)
- Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art & Visual Culture)
- Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications)
- Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship & Corporate Information Management)
- Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing & Publishing)
- Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law)
- Bachelor of Commerce (Sport Management)
- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
- Bachelor of Education (Primary)
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Communication
- Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Arts (Community Development)
- Bachelor of Arts (International Aid and Development)
- Bachelor of Arts (Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism)
- Bachelor of Arts (Sustainable Development)
- Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Energy Management
Swinburne University of Technology
- Bachelor of Behavioural Studies
- Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems)
University of South Australia
How to apply for a Can Do Scholarship
Applications for 'Can Do' scholarships will be received throughout the year and awarded according to the demand for each course. Successful applicants will start their studies in the next available Study Period and are generally expected to maintain continuous full time enrolment as required for Centrelink payments eligibility.
To apply you need to complete the application form below and include any relevant documentation or information to enable OUA to process your application and establish your financial status eligibility. Shortlisted applicants may be requested to provide contact details for referees who can provide information about your academic potential to succeed at university study.
'Can Do' Scholarship applications for Study Period 2, 2013 have now closed. Applications for Study Period 3 scholarships will close on Sunday 7 July, 2013.
For further information please refer to the Terms and Conditions below or email the Scholarships Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Achievement Scholarships
OUA recognises students' excellence and proudly offers scholarships each year to reward our students' academic achievements.
The highest achieving undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking study through Curtin, Griffith, Macquarie, Monash, RMIT, Swinburne and University of South Australia are considered for these awards. Depending on the specific award, the scholarships cover multiple units and provide a great incentive to keep studying.
OUA offers three different categories of academic scholarships:
- Undergraduate Academic Achievement Scholarships
- Indigenous Australian Academic Scholarship
- Postgraduate Academic Achievement Scholarship
How to apply for an Academic Achievement Scholarship
Applications for the 2013 OUA Academic Achievement Scholarships are now closed. Applications for 2014 will open in October 2013.
You will need to submit the results of your four best units completed through OUA during the last five years and complete the application form that will be made available on the OUA website. Successful applicatants are required to either register in their degree or apply for admission to a Commonwealth supported place in their degree.
OUA Academic Achievement scholarships are awared annually for study in the following year.
Selection is based on academic merit.
OUA scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the Executive General Manager, Student Experience, following the advice of a selection panel and, if requested, advice from nominated academic referees.
OUA reserves the right, in any particular year, to not offer some scholarships as described, or to not offer scholarships at all. OUA's decision to award a scholarship is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
For further information please refer to the 2013 Scholarship Terms and Conditions below or email the Scholarships Officer at email@example.com.
Burmese Refugees in Thailand Scholarships
OUA is proud to offer 25 scholarships to Burmese refugees for the completion of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. The scholarship covers most costs including unit fees and textbooks. We also provide in-country support through a project coordinator. There is a rolling intake as places become available.
To be eligible to apply, prospective students must:
- Be a refugee from Burma, living in Thailand;
- Have completed a Post-Ten education program or have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience;
- Demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English;
- Demonstrate the motivation and capacity to successfully complete a university program;
- Be computer literate and have access to a computer and the internet.
These scholarships are awarded on the basis of Record of Results, application form, references, tests (English and IT skills) and interview.
For further information regarding application and selection procedures, email firstname.lastname@example.org