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A scholarship will help you meet all or part of your course fees and expenses.  

Scholarships are available from a variety of sources, such as government departments, individuals or organisations. Each has different eligibility criteria. 

To find out more about some of the different scholarships available click on the links below. As there are many more scholarships available than are listed below we recommend that you do your own research. Contact us about the ones for which you think you could apply:

Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships

The NSW Government is offering Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships to students undertaking selected government-subsidised qualifications on the NSW Skills List in areas related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

Students who commence training in one of these qualifications on or after 1 January 2016 with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider are eligible to apply for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship worth $1,000.

To be eligible for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship, you must:

  • meet the Smart and Skilled personal eligibility criteria 
  • be enrolled in a qualification that is eligible for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship and commence training in the qualification on or after 1 January 2016.  To see the list of eligible qualifications visit the State Training Services website or call our customer service centre on 1300 628 233. 

Applications are expected to open in March 2016. The first 6,250 students to successfully apply in 2016 will be offered a scholarship.

TAFE Directors Australia National Scholarships

Information on merit scholarships, known as TAFE National Achievement Scholarships is available on the TAFE National Scholarships website.

Abstudy course related support and fee support

Students who complete an Abstudy Form M, attach the appropriate documentation and have it signed by their course Head Teacher, can apply for financial assistance to cover the cost of purchasing items required to enhance your learning up to the value of $2080. For more information visit the Human Services website. 

Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme is funded by Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

The Scheme was established in recognition of Dr Arnold ('Puggy') Hunter's significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and in his previous role as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

The aim of the Scheme is to help address the under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health professions and increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with professional health qualifications.

The scholarship provides financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are studying, or are intending to study, in a health related discipline at an undergraduate or TAFE (Certificate IV and above) level in the areas of: Aboriginal health; Alcohol and other drugs; Allied health (excluding pharmacy); Dentistry/oral health ; Health service management ; Health promotion ; Medicine ; Mental health; Midwifery; and Nursing.

Value of funding

Full time study load = up to $15,000 per year for the usual term of the course
Part time study load = up to $7,500 per year for the usual term of the course


Applicants must identify as and be able to prove their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status.

To prove your status as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you must obtain a written Confirmation of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Descent document from an Indigenous Australian organisation within the community in which you live or have previously lived.

The Confirmation of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Descent document must include the signatures of two office holders.

A Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Descent from an incorporated body related to an academic institution will not be accepted.

Scholarship selection

Scholarships will be awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee and will be based on the following criteria:

  • community involvement and leadership
  • commitment to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health
  • commitment to improving Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health in the future.

NSW Health Scholarship

NSW Health, in partnership with TAFE NSW and the NSW Health Registered Training Organisations, offer scholarships for the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) program across NSW. 

Details are available online now at the Ministry of Health website: Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) Scholarships.

Applications are open from 9 January – 10 February 2017, via the application portal on the above site.


Australia Awards Scholarships for International Students

For more information about the awards visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
For the full list of application closing dates, by country visit the closing dates page of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. 


Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships

Nominations for Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships Now Open (closes 30 May)
The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships assist apprentices in NSW who have demonstrated:

  • hardship in their personal circumstances.
  • aptitude for vocational education and training to lead to successful completion of their trade training.
  •  positive attitude and application in the workplace and in off the job training.

There will be a maximum of 50 Scholarships awarded annually including 10 NSW Country Apprentice Scholarships. Scholarships are open to school based apprentices.
The Scholarships are worth $5,000 each year for up to three years.
Apprentices with a disability will need to disclose their disability and will be assessed on hardship and aptitude.
Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible apprentices must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or hold permanent resident status.
  • Have commenced between 1st March 2016 and 30th May 2017.
  • Be resident in NSW for the term of the apprenticeship.
  • The apprenticeship must be in a trade in a skill shortage category in NSW.
  • The apprentice must be in one or more of the following categories:
  • Country apprentice working in regional New South Wales
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander apprentice
  • Apprentice with a disability
  • Female apprentice in a non-traditional trade for women
  • Apprentice working in a skills shortage occupation and experiencing hardship.

The applications will remain open until the close of business 5:00pm on Tuesday 30th May 2017.
The application form will require a statement each from the employer and a representative of the registered training organisation.
For more information and to apply, visit Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship 2017


Safer Drivers Scholarships

The NSW Government is offering 1000 free places on the Safer Drivers Course each year to help young learner drivers to be confident on our roads. The fee exemption allows those who are financially disadvantaged to benefit from the road safety outcomes of the Safer Drivers Course. To be eligible for a free place, drivers must hold a valid L plate, be under the age of 25, have completed at least 50 log book hours, and have a current Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card.

To apply, download the application form here. Then attach the completed form via email here

For more information, visit the Transport for NSW Safer Drivers Course website


Maude Spielvogel Scholarship and Wendy Martin Education Encouragement Award

The Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women Inc. is offering the Maude Spielvogel Scholarship ($1250) and the Wendy Martin Education Encouragement Award ($750) in 2017.

These awards are given each year in memory of two remarkable educators who taught in Coffs Harbour, and who strongly believed in equitable access to education for girls and women. 

Criteria for Awards:

  • Female residing in the Coffs Harbour Region* and studying at tertiary level at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus. (*Includes Coffs Harbour Local Government area, Bellingen Shire area and Nambucca Shire.)
  • Has had a gap between secondary schooling and tertiary study.
  • In final year of study.
  • Has overcome disadvantage and/or adversity and/or challenges.

Selected candidates will be expected to attend an interview in support of their application.  

Award recipients will also receive a 12-month membership of BPW Australia (with an expectation to attend at least 3 meetings over the year).

Applications must be typewritten in Calibri 12 font using this form and submitted with supporting evidence by 25 May 2017 to:


Various Other Scholarships

Use the links below in the Scholarship/Assistance column to find more information about each type of assistance.

Provider Type of Assistance/Criteria
Payments for Students and Trainees Centrelink Abstudy, Austudy and Youth Allowance
Pallottine Aboriginal Scholarship Trust Pallottine Organisation Payment of fees after high school
Realise Your Dream British Council Australia Work experience program in the UK
Ages: 19-26 involved in Creative Industries
Family and Community Services HSC Youth Scholarship Program NSW Family and Community Services A one off payment of $2,000 which is administrated by the school or TAFE College on behalf of the student.  For eligible young people living in social housing or on the NSW Housing Register completing their HSC or TAFE equivalent.
NSW Country Apprenticeship Scholarship NSW Skills Board through Dept education and Communities $5,000/year up to a maximum of 3 years for participant in approved apprenticeship    
Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship NSW Skills Board through Dept education and Communities $5,000/year up to 3 years
Vison Australia Further Education Bursaries Vision Australia Funding towards courses Cert IV or greater to provide adaptive technology to help vision impaired students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies    
Resident of Victoria, ACT, NSW or NT, vision impaired, financial need
Fares Allowance     Centrelink Fares Assistance for students living away from their permanent home
Indigenous Health Scholarships Australian Rotary Health Research Fund Funding for studies in Health    
Studying in a health related field, indigenous.  
Academic merit
Thelma Afford Theatre, Stage, TV or Film Costume Design Award Trust Company of Australia Ltd Funding training in the visual arts and in theatre, film or TV costume design     
Ages 17-30 years students 

Bill Ussher Scholarship

BCU Win a share in $20,000. Applications close 18 November 2016. Apply at

"Part of that scholarship was a guaranteed job at the end of it with NSW Health."

Marcel, Scholarship Recipient

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