Jack Ward Scholarship

If you are a full- degree student, have a Grade Point Average (GPA) to date of 3.0 or higher, and can demonstrate financial and educational disadvantage, this scholarship could contribute to your study expenses.

Not currently taking applications.

Value and duration

The scholarship provides $7000 per year for the standard full-time duration of your undergraduate program.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be enrolled full-time in the standard semester 1 and 2 at RMIT in an associate or bachelor degree program
  • have completed at least the first year of your degree by the official results release date in November in the year of your application
  • be able to demonstrate academic achievement in your current program with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to date of 3.0 or greater at the end of semester 2, 2017
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • be able to demonstrate educational disadvantage such as:
    • having a long term medical condition or disability which impacts your study
    • experiencing difficult family circumstances
    • have relocated from interstate or rural/regional Victoria to study at RMIT
    • were born overseas, are from a non-English speaking background and recently migrated to Australia
    • are a current or former refugee
    • completed your secondary education at a School Network Access Program school.
  • be passionate and ambitious about your program of study
  • have at least one year of full-time study left to complete
  • not have previously completed a program at the same level or higher.


  • Students who are completing their first year of an associate or bachelor degree in 2018 are ineligible to apply.
  • Students who are directly entering into second or third year of a new program with credit exemptions and who have not studied at least one full-time year of their new program are ineligible to apply.

How to apply

The online application form will be provided here when applications open.

Supporting documentation

Ensure that you have your supporting documentation ready to upload in order to complete your application. Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

Please refer to the Supporting Documentation – Financial and Educational Disadvantage Guide (PDF, 218kb, 2pgs) which outlines acceptable forms of supporting documentation.

You will also need:

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. Once you have completed a question online, you cannot go back and modify your response(s). The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance prior to starting the online application.

  • Discuss your passion for studying in your chosen field, including the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.
  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?
  • How do you intend to use this scholarship and how will it assist you to achieve academic success?
  • Discuss any difficult circumstances you have faced that have affected your education.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Open date

This scholarship will open for application in 2020.

Close date

Applications now closed.

Terms and conditions

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s Scholarships and Grants Terms and Condition (PDF 464kb, 30p).

Further information


Jack Ward

This scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from the Board of the Melbourne Cooperative Bookshop Limited. The Melbourne Cooperative Bookshop was established at RMIT in 1960, as a student-led initiative to provide text books at reasonable prices for students.

The Jack Ward Scholarship was established by RMIT in 2015 in recognition of Mr Jack Ward, RMIT Chief Librarian from 1955 to 1981. Mr Ward was also a Director of the Melbourne Cooperative Bookshop. This scholarship is open to continuing students completing any undergraduate program at RMIT.


Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student email account.