Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship

The purpose of the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship is to improve the educational opportunities available to Australian South Sea Islanders by providing funds through scholarships that enable them to participate in higher education.

Scholarship Value: Up to $10,000 ($5,000 payments for full-time students / $2,500 payments for part-time students)

Length of Scholarship: 1 (One) year

Number Available: 1 (One)

Opening Date: 01 January 2022

Closing Date: 01 January 2022

Study LevelUndergraduate
Year of StudyFuture; First year; 2nd year; 3rd year; 4th/Final year; Any
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen
EthnicitySouth Sea Islander
Study RegionAll
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadAll loads

To be eligible to receive the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled or intending to enrol in any undergraduate course at CQUniversity in Term 2, 2022;
  • Be a direct descendant of the South Sea Islanders who were brought into Queensland and New South Wales between 1863 and 1904 and worked as indentured labourers;
  • Be a member of the Australian South Sea Islander community;
  • Have not previously completed an undergraduate degree;
  • Be an Australian Citizen;
  • Be enrolled as at Census Date in Term 2, 2022;
  • Not be receiving multiple CQUniversity Scholarships that exceed the annual value of $10,000.

Preference will be given to students who demonstrate academic merit and demonstrate financial need.

Applicants will be assessed based on an application form and a written submission of no more than 250 words addressing the following:

“How will a CQUniversity Scholarship assist with your studies?”

Ongoing Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the eligibility criteria, the successful applicant must:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 4.0 each term
  • Remain enrolled in the course as at Census Date each term

Please note that failure to meet the continuing eligibility criteria may result in the scholarship being cancelled.

Recipients who meet Ongoing Eligibility Criteria may be offered another scholarship beyond the One (1) Year support. There is absolutely no guarantee that this will be offered, as this depends on a number of factors, including the availability of funds.

The Scholarships Team are unable to provide updates to students on the progress of their individual application until all assessments are completed.

Applications must include all necessary supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will need to supply the following supporting documentation:

  • Letter of support from a registered Australian South Sea Islander organisation
  • Written submission

All requests for further information to support applications will be sent to the student email account.

To apply for an Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship:

Complete a Scholarship Online Application Form, ensuring all supporting documentation is completed and attached as outlined here

  • For Current students (applicants who have already have a Student ID number) apply through MyCQU. You will need to log in with your student details.
  • For Future students (applicants who have applied or are intending to apply to study at CQUniversity but not yet received or accepted an offer) apply now.

Complete applications must be received by 10 am AEST on the closing date. Please ensure all supporting documents are attached to the application as incomplete applications will not be considered.

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application via their student email accounts only. Decisions are final.
The Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation

This scholarship is provided by the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation (ASSICF), a sub-fund of the Queensland Community Foundation (QCF), in partnership with CQUniversity.