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: 1 (One) Year

Number Available: 3 (three)

Opening Date: 11 September 2017

Closing Date: 12 January 2018

Study LevelUndergraduate; Postgraduate (Course work)
Year of Study2nd year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; Permanent Resident
Study Region
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 into any CQUniversity Undergraduate or Masters program in which they have successfully completed at least 4 courses or an equivalent of 24 credit points
  • Be enrolled at Census date of Term 1 2018
  • Have a physical disability (to include, but not limited to: Visual or Hearing impairments; Osteoarthritis; Muscular Dystrophy; Multiple Sclerosis; Spina Bifida; Parkinson’s Disease; Polio; Spinal Cord injuries; Amputation; Paralysis; Cerebral Palsy) or a medical illness (Cancer; Epilepsy; Diabetes) which has been formally diagnosed.
  • Are financially disadvantaged
  • Are studying a minimum of 12 credit points per Term.
  • Are citizens or permanent residents and are studying as a Commonwealth Supported student (HECS funded)
  • Additional weightings will be awarded to students that identify as Indigenous.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on an application form and a written submission (of no more than 500 words) addressing the following:

  • Academic Achievement (during the first year of university)
  • Financial disadvantage (students eligible for Centrelink payments should also provide proof of eligibility)
  • Details of their physical disability (students eligible for Disability Support Benefits should provide proof of eligibility)

*Additional weighting will be awarded to students that identify as Indigenous

Additional Information

*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.

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 will be credited electronically to the successful applicant's nominated bank account.

Supporting Documentation

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 (during first year of university)
  • Be registered with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility or have documents that outline your physical disability or medical illness which has been formally diagnosed.
  • Evidence of low income. Possible 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

How to apply

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

  1. Read the Scholarship Guidelines to check for eligibility and documentation required
  2. Complete a Scholarship Online Application Form, ensuring all supporting documentation is completed and attached as outlined in the Scholarship Guidelines
    • For Current students (applicants who have already have a Student ID number) here to 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) click here to apply
  3. Complete Applications must be received at the Student Life and Wellbeing Centre, Scholarships Office by 5pm on the closing date.

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

How will I know the outcome of my application?

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.

Donor details

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.