Sam and Nina Narodowski Undergraduate Scholarship

If you are a current or former refugee, or have migrated to Australia in the past ten years, are from a non-English speaking background and can demonstrate financial or educational disadvantage, this scholarship can provide financial assistance towards your study costs.

Value and duration

Up to $7000 for one year.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a Permanent Humanitarian visa holder
  • be a current or former refugee or were born overseas, are from a non-English speaking background and recently migrated to Australia
  • be able to demonstrate financial and/or educational disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
    • having a long term medical condition or disability which impacts your study
    • experiencing difficult family circumstances
    • have/will be relocating 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 secondary school at a School Network Access Program school
  • be enrolled full-time at RMIT in 2017 in a diploma or degree in one of the following disciplines:
    • education
    • health sciences
    • vocational health and sciences
    • medical sciences
    • global, urban and social studies
  • have at least one year of your program left to complete.

How to apply

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Open date

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Close date

Applications now closed.

Terms and conditions

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

Further info

This scholarship is in honour of Sam and Nina Narodowski, who migrated to Australia in 1950 as refugees.

Sam and Nina Narodowski.

Born in Poland in 1920, Sam was a bright student and was accepted to Warsaw University despite a limited quota on Jewish students. He studied electrical engineering. As a Jewish student, he was forbidden to sit during lectures and had to stand with the other Jewish students at the back of the class. His studies were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. At the end of the war, having learnt that his entire family had been murdered by the Nazis, Sam headed to the displaced persons camp in Munich. It was there that he met Nina, who was born in Vilnius in 1928. While still at school, her world was also shattered by the outbreak of war. Her family managed to flee the Nazis and find refuge in Kazakhstan. Sam and Nina married in 1947, migrated to Australia, settled in Melbourne, took a loan and built a successful knitwear business.

Fully understanding how political and racial hardships can impact one’s life, their family are honouring their memory by providing two annual scholarships to undergraduate students of migrant or refugee background.

Contact us

Coursework Scholarships Office

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.

Successful candidates will be notified by 31 March 2017.Only successful candidates will be contacted. If you have not received an offer letter by 31 March 2017, your application has been unsuccessful.