Students with disability, check out these scholarships worth up to $20,000!
Studying at university is a huge commitment for anyone. If you’re a student with disability, there can sometimes be additional barriers you need to overcome to achieve your academic and professional goals.
As part of its mission to drive positive change for people with disability, the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) is running its 2022 Disability Scholarship Program. This annual program aims to support employment pathways for people with disability across all areas of justice.
So, if you’re a student with disability who’s studying a justice-related course, read on to find out more!
What’s on offer
One major and two minor scholarships will be awarded to Victorian students with disability studying at the diploma, advanced diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate level in the following areas: law, criminology, paralegal work, psychology, social work and other justice-related fields.
The major scholarship is worth $20,000 per annum for two years and the two minor scholarships are worth $5000 per annum for two years. If the recipient completes the course in under two years, they will receive a pro-rata payment.
Scholarships will be provided in the form of a fortnightly study allowance to support full-time study for a maximum of two years. Where part-time study is undertaken, support will be provided for a maximum period equivalent to two years full-time study.
Scholarships will be awarded on merit, taking into account an applicant’s eligibility, academic performance, career goals and aspirations, and the impact of the scholarship to achieve study and career goals.
To apply for the scholarship program, you must:
- Identify as a person with disability. Disability includes physical, mental health, intellectual, neurological or sensory impairments that, when combined with other barriers (such as negative attitudes or inaccessible environments), may limit participation in society on an equal basis with others.
- Have been living in Victoria on a full-time basis for a minimum of two years immediately before you apply.
- Earn less than $25,000 gross per year from employment undertaken during the scholarship period (if you have dependents, your gross annual income may include an extra $5,000 per annum per dependent).
- Declare, and provide details of, any scholarships currently awarded by the Victorian Government or non-Victorian Government entities.
- If you’re a current undergraduate student:
- have successfully completed all units for one year of a three-year full-time course, or two years of a four-year full-time course (or part-time equivalent)
- have not withdrawn from your course of study
- be able to demonstrate a minimum pass grade in all subjects undertaken in the preceding semester to when you apply.
- If you’re a postgraduate applicant: have successfully gained entry into a postgraduate course.
How to apply
Complete the 2022 Application Form on the DJCS website and email it to inclusion&[email protected] by 5pm, Friday 11 March 2022. Reasonable adjustments will be provided throughout the application process on request.
For full details on eligibility, how the scholarship works and how to apply, see the 2022 Program Guidelines on the DJCS website. If you require any of the documents in an alternative format or have any questions, email inclusion&[email protected].
Disability support is available at Deakin
Deakin’s vibrant and diverse community includes many students who have a learning barrier or disability. This can be experienced as a result of a wide range of conditions, and includes students who care for a person with disability.
If you know – or think – you may be in this group, you need to know about the Disability Resource Centre (DRC). The DRC supports the University community to be more inclusive of, and provide adjustments for, students for whom a disability, health or mental health condition affects their access to education.
The DRC works with more than 4000 students to help them get the most out of their Deakin experience.