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Scholarships – Not Just for High Achievers

If you’re planning on further studies after high school, no matter if you’re thinking about uni or vocational training, there’s probably a scholarship for that.

No joke, there are literally thousands of scholarships available for Australians who are seeking to better their education or career prospects.

Lots of people think that scholarships are only there to benefit a very specific bunch of people (like high achievers). But that’s not the case. Most scholarships are aimed at a certain category of applicants, that’s true – but there’s a huge list of categories to choose from.

So if you’re wondering whether it’s worth applying for a scholarship, the answer is always yes. Each year there are thousands of dollars that go unawarded, simply because nobody applies!

Let’s take a look at some of the categories, and see some scholarships you can apply for.


Community Service


Spend lots of time volunteering and making a change in your school or community? Do you participate in lots of extra-curricular activities? You could be rewarded for your efforts with a scholarship.

Here are some scholarships you might be interested in:




If you are wanting to study but feel like your disability might be a barrier, there are scholarships out there to help. They can provide you with financial support, as well as other things like access to special support services, assistive technology, and more.

Here are a few we’ve found:


Family/Domestic Violence


If you’ve found yourself in a bad situation at home, there is support out there for you. This includes scholarships to help you achieve your dream of future studies.

Here are some you might be eligible for:

Remember, if you need any help, you can call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737  732), available 24/7, or chat online at 1800respect.org.au. You can also call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.


Financial Disadvantage


Worried you might not be able to afford some of the expenses involved with study, like textbooks and equipment? Never fear – there are lots of scholarships out there for people struggling financially, no strings attached.

Here are some you might like to check out:


Indigenous Students


There are tons of scholarships available to Indigenous students who are looking to study after school.

You can see some here:




Were you school captain? Or the captain of your sporting team? There are scholarships out there to reward you for your efforts.

Here are some you might like:




If you identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, you could be eligible for a scholarship to help with study costs.

Take a look at some we’ve found here:


Musical & Sporting Ability


Fancy yourself a musical virtuoso or sporting pro? If you’d like to continue your extra-curricular activities into university, but are worried it might affect your studies, there are lots of scholarships out there to support you, as well as provide you with some extra perks.

Here are a few scholarships to take a look at:




If you’re a current or former refugee, you could be eligible for scholarships to provide you with financial support towards your studies.

Here are some we’ve found:




Living far away from university doesn’t have to be a barrier to attending. You could be eligible for tons of scholarships to assist you financially, and even provide accommodation too.

Take a look at a few you could be eligible for here:




There are also lots of scholarships out there to encourage girls and women to undertake further study, particularly in areas where they are under-represented.

Here are some you might like:


Want more?


You can search for hundreds more scholarships, open to all kinds of applicants, on our database here.


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