Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarships for Students with a Physical Disability
The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship for a Student with a Physical Disability aims to ensure that a student with a diagnosed physical disability and the absence of money does not stand in the way of the person’s ability to achieve their maximum potential, in terms of a formal with a tertiary education. This scholarship is for students with physical disabilities only. Examples of physical disability include: Amputation Arthritis Cerebral Palsy Multiple-sclerosis Muscular dystrophy Acquired spinal injury (paraplegia or quadriplegia) Post-polio syndrome Spina Bifida Hearing Impairment – diagnosis of moderate/profound hearing loss Visual impairment – moderate/profound (qualify as legally blind/is ineligible to hold a Drivers Licence due to visual impairment) Other conditions which severely impacts an individual’s ability to function independently. A physical disability may have existed since birth or it may be the result of an accident, illness, infection, disease, degeneration, medical condition or the result of congenital factors. A person with a physical disability may require some assistance or the use of equipment to aid with mobility eg, wheelchair, mobility frame, mobility scooter, white cane, guide dog or to improve sensory connectivity eg, cochlear implant, hearing aids. For a student to be eligible for this scholarship they must have physical disability only.
Scholarship Value: Up to $50,000
Length of Scholarship: Duration of Course (maximum 5 years)
Number Available: 2
Opening Date: 04 October 2022
Closing Date: 07 January 2022
|Study Level||Undergraduate; Postgraduate (Course work)|
|Year of Study||Future; First year; 2nd year; 3rd year; 4th/Final year|
|Citizenship||Australian Citizen; Permanent Resident|
|Study Load||All loads|
To be eligible to receive the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarships for Students with a Physical Disability an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled or intending to enrol at CQUniversity in Term 1, 2022
- Be studying any Undergraduate or Master course
- Be studying internally at any Queensland CQUniversity campus either face-to-face or mixed mode
- Be enrolled with a minimum study load of at least 12 credit points each term
- Be able to demonstrate low personal/family income or financial need. Preference will be given to students receiving a Disability Support Pension.
- Have a physical disability; examples include: Amputation, Arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple-sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Acquired spinal injury (paraplegia or quadriplegia), Post-polio syndrome, Spina Bifida, Hearing Impairment – diagnosis of moderate/profound hearing loss, Visual impairment – moderate/profound (qualify as legally blind/is ineligible to hold a Drivers Licence due to visual impairment), Other conditions which severely impacts an individual’s ability to function independently.
- Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident with a permanent home address in Queensland
- Be studying as a Commonwealth Supported student (HECS-HELP funded)
- Be enrolled at Census date of Term 1, 2022
- Not be receiving another CQUniversity Scholarship of similar or higher value
A physical disability may have existed since birth or it may be the result of an accident, illness, infection, disease, degeneration, medical condition or the result of congenital factors.
A person with a physical disability may require some assistance or the use of equipment to aid with mobility eg, wheelchair, mobility frame, mobility scooter, white cane, guide dog or to improve sensory connectivity eg, cochlear implant, hearing aids.
- Indigenous students are strongly encouraged to apply
- An applicant will only be considered if the applicant has a diagnosed permanent physical disability.
- Preference will be given to students receiving the Australian Government Disability Support Pension.
Applicants will be assessed on the application form and a written submission of no more than 500 words addressing the following:
- Career goals and how the scholarship will assist you in achieving your educational objectives
- Extracurricular activities - especially community and volunteering activities and demonstration of leadership
- Life experiences including impact of disability or medical condition on study
Use of the funds
Scholars can use the scholarship funds to purchase educational equipment & materials (eg uniforms, tools required for specific programs, laptops, textbooks, assistive technologies), residential school costs, additional tutoring, transport costs and other costs related to the educational program. A maximum of $4,000 only per Scholar may be used for living expenses. Funds are not to be utilised for the payment of HECS debt or for overseas travelling.
Expectations of Recipients
Scholars are responsible for sending a brief report at the end of the academic year, describing how they have used the funds with an outline of expenses.
As a donor scholarship recipient, you may be approached to assist with positively promoting the CQUniversity Scholarships program by sharing your experiences as a recipient through media and at events such as Open Day.
In addition to the eligibility requirements, the successful applicant must:
- Maintain a minimum average GPA of 4.0 each term
- Remain enrolled in the course as at Census date of each term
- Remain enrolled with a study load of with a minimum of 12 credit points
Payment of Scholarship
Payment will be made to the successful applicant in Week 6 following final post Census date eligibility checks. Payments of $5,000 will be credited electronically to the successful applicant's nominated bank account.
- Written submission
- CQUniversity unofficial transcript or similar document demonstrating previous academic achievement/success
- Document demonstrating community involvement, exemplary work or demonstration of leadership
- Documentation confirming formal diagnosis of physical disability or medical illness. This documentation will only be used to confirm eligibility for awarding the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Scholarship.
- Evidence of financial need (see below)
Possible income required documents:
- Centrelink Income Statement and/or 3 x current consecutive payslips
To apply for Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship for a Student with a Physical Disability, complete an online Scholarship Application Form, ensuring all supporting documentation is attached:
- 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 at the Student Scholarships Office by 5pm AEST on the closing date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
During the middle of the nineteenth century, Englishman Walter Hall came to Australia with only a few pounds in his pocket to seek his fortune in the gold rush. After a shaky start he became a very successful and wealthy businessman. Much of his wealth came from Queensland's Mt. Morgan gold mine. He also acquired substantial holdings in the booming pastoral industry and his entrepreneurial skills also extended to transport. He was one of the last owners of Cobb and Co, the horse-drawn coach line of Australian history and tradition. He died in 1911 aged 80 years.
Both Walter and his wife, Eliza, were active philanthropists during their life together. In the year following her husband's death Eliza set up a charitable trust with a donation of £1,000,000. It was named the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust.