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.

Scholarship Value: $10,000 ($5,000/term in Terms 1 & 2)

Length of Scholarship: Duration of Course (maximum 5 years)

Number Available:

Opening Date: 15 November 2019

Closing Date: 10 January 2020

Study LevelUndergraduate; Postgraduate (Course work)
Year of StudyFuture/First Year; First Year; 2nd year; 3rd year; Final/4th year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; Permanent Resident
Study Region Queensland
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadAll loads

Eligibility Criteria

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, 2020
  • Be studying any Undergraduate or Master course
  • Be studying internally at any Queensland CQUniversity campus
  • 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
  • Have a physical disability (to include but not limited to: visual or severe hearing impairments; osteoarthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, Parkinson's Disease, polio, spinal cord injuries, amputations, paralysis, cerebral palsy) or a medical illness (cancer, epilepsy or diabetes) which has been formally diagnosed.
  • 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 2020
  • Not be receiving another Donor Funded** Scholarship

Indigenous students are strongly encouraged to apply

** Donor Funded: refers to a scholarship which is only available to CQUniversity students, funded by an individual or organisation external to the University (excluding Federal Government fund)

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

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.

Ongoing Eligibility

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 of Term 1 and Term 2 following final post Census date eligibility checks. Payments of $5,000 will be credited electronically to the successful applicant's nominated bank account.

Applications must include all necessary supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will need to supply the following supporting documentation:
  • Written submission
  • Evidence of academic achievement or unofficial transcript
  • Evidence of community involvement, exemplary work or demonstration of leadership
  • Resume
  • Be registered with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility or be able to provide documentation online outline your physical disability or medical illness which has been formally diagnosed.
  • Evidence of financial need (see below)

Possible income required documents:

  • Centrelink Income Statement – current (How to obtain a Centrelink Income Statement)
  • 3 current payslips – including partner’s income if partnered or parent/s if you are under 22 years of age
  • Latest Notice of Assessment (If you or your partner are in receipt of Business Income)
  • Most recent Tax Return (If you or your partner are in receipt of Business Income)
  • 3 months of personal or business bank account statements

To apply for The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship:

  1. 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 MyCentre. 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.
  2. Complete Applications must be received at the Student Life and Wellbeing Centre, Scholarships Office by 5pm AEST on the closing date.

    Failure to supply requested documents will result in your application being incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Representatives from CQUniversity and the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust will assess the applications and determine the successful applicant in each instance. A scholarship will only be offered where there is an applicant of sufficient merit. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications as soon as possible after the selection panel meets.
Walter and Eliza Hall Trust

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.