Selection Criteria

Scholarship description

The Mary Mackillop Today First Nations Tertiary Scholarship includes:

$5,000 per year towards living expenses* associated with tertiary study for the duration of their course (in two yearly payments of $2,500).

* Living expenses include rent, electricity, utilities, stationery, books and IT costs. The amount of $5000 per year is based on full time enrolment in tertiary study.


The number of scholarships awarded each year is variable.



Mary MacKillop believed in the power of education to transform lives. In her legacy the Sisters of Saint Joseph have continued to empower individuals and communities by providing access to education. Since 1998 these tertiary scholarships for the First Nation Peoples of the lands in which we live have addressed the financial barriers faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and supported them to access and achieve their academic goals.



To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  2. Be enrolled with a recognised Australian higher education provider, such as university, college or TAFE OR have applied to study full time with UAC, QTAC, SATAC, VTAC, TISC or directly to a tertiary institution.


Selection Criteria

The questions in the application form are designed to address the following selection criteria. By responding to each question in the application form you should address the selection criteria below. 

  1. Your circumstances – Financial Hardship

The Mary MacKillop Today First Nations Tertiary Scholarship gives preference to applicants who face financial and other barriers to achieving their academic goals. The questions on the application form are designed to give applicants the opportunity to describe aspects of their education history, family life and wellbeing, as well as any other areas that they identify as significant, giving particular attention to how these can impact academic study.

Your commitment to achieving your academic goals

Student commitment and dedication to the achievement of goals will also be taken into consideration and as such the demonstration of ones capacity to commit to studies will form part of the selection criteria.

  1. Your current qualification level

Preference will be given to applicants who are studying their first tertiary qualification or bridging course and who do not hold any other scholarships.


How to apply:

Applications can be accessed online following the links below. Once you are using the online application form you will be able to select a format for your application. If you would prefer not to submit a written application you will have the option to elect another format.

Access the application form here.


Visit the Indigenous Scholarships portal (, create a personal profile, search for the Mary MacKillop Today Scholarships, answer the questions and submit your application. All supporting documents must also be uploaded to the portal.

Supporting documentation:

Applications must include the following supporting documentation:

Scholarship student requirements

If successful you will be required to:


Applications must be submitted by 5pm September 30th 2019.

All applicants will receive notification of their scholarship outcome via email.

For all enquiries phone: (02) 8912 2777


Email: [email protected]


With thanks to our major partners

The Sisters of Perpetual Adoration & Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

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