Giving at Southern Cross University

Giving at Southern Cross University

As Australia’s Engaged University, Southern Cross is a progressive public purpose university with a strong social mission for impact. We are deeply proud of the talent of our staff, the achievements of our students and our connectivity with communities. We are proud of our ranking as one of Australia’s most accessible and inclusive universities and pride ourselves on the ways in which we work with our students to help them succeed.

We offer transformational opportunities for students to learn, acquire new skills and take another step closer to their dreams and aspirations. As a Giving University we wish to be measured by what we all do and not just by what we say.

All of this is made possible from our strong culture of giving built from the generosity of the Southern Cross family: our alumni, industry, communities and our staff.  And for that, we thank you.

There is always more to do.

Our vision to be recognised for enriching our communities through the excellence of our scholarship and the achievements of our graduates has no end.

With your support we can make this a reality. 

Donations that Support

For many of us, it can be difficult to make positive change on the quality of lives of others, but when we work together collectively, we most certainly can.

It is our core values which unite us around our vision, which is anchored in the need to provide students with the opportunity to achieve their potential. As a family with a shared vision for change, we can truly make a difference, one student at a time.

There are many ways you can support our students.

We know firsthand that a gift of a cash donation to one of our giving funds Southern Cross Student Opportunities Fund, Southern Cross Research Fund and the Southern Cross Entrepreneurs Fund has a life changing impact on our students, as well as our teaching and research.

Every dollar donated is more than a gift, it is an opportunity.

Student opportunities fund

By supporting the Southern Cross Student Opportunities Fund, you will support student mobility, encouraging student participation in activities which will enhance their academic and career development, and their learning experience with Southern Cross University.

As a not for profit public purpose University with a strong social mission, your generosity will directly support our students to realise their potential now and in the future.

Supporting student success

Research fund

By supporting the Southern Cross Research Fund, your help will enable higher degree research students to undertake innovative and relevant research with a clear focus on public impact and benefit.

As a not for profit public purpose University with a strong social mission, your generosity will directly support our students to engage with research questions that involve working in partnership with communities for mutual benefit.

Support student researchers

Entrepreneurs fund

By supporting the Southern Cross Entrepreneurs Fund, you are helping to support more students to pursue their development as entrepreneurs in our communities and regions.

The Southern Cross Enterprise Lab, our entrepreneurship programs activate future entrepreneurs to develop solutions to problems worth solving.

As a not for profit public purpose University with a strong social mission, your generosity will directly support our students, and the future generation of enterprising pioneers and change makers.

Support student start-up initiatives


Our Online Giving Gateway is easy and secure (our gateway is being refreshed and will be available soon). When you give to Southern Cross University, you can have complete confidence that 100% of your donation goes to the area that you support and gifts over $2 are tax deductible in Australia. There is no administrative overhead charged against the donation.

Rising Stars Scholarships

At Southern Cross University we recognise that obtaining access to higher education can be difficult, or even impossible for some students.  That’s what makes the Rising Stars Scholarship Program so important.

Since the first Rising Stars Scholarship was awarded in 1994, the program has grown expeditiously, supporting thousands of well deserving students along the way. With your support, Southern Cross delivered scholarships and bursaries to 54 recipients in 2018.

This achievement would never have been possible without the generosity and continued support of our donor community.

Scholarships vary in value, with a minimum gift of $5,000 per year over multiple years.  Maybe you wish to support students commencing in their first year or all the way through to graduation. 

If you would like to be a Rising Star donor, please do not hesitate to contact the Coordinator Student Opportunities on or 02 6620 3354.


A charitable bequest in your Will and Testament provides the opportunity for Southern Cross University to make significant and lasting impact.

Your bequest can support a particular area of interest that may be personal to you, establish a Rising Star Scholarship fund or advance leading research and education to tackle a challenge in need of solutions.

A bequest provides a legacy that will honour you or someone close to you for many years to come. 

If you would like to bequest a gift in your Will to Southern Cross University, we encourage you to seek independent legal advice from your Solicitor.

Please feel free to contact the Student Opportunities Coordinator on or 6620 3354 for more information.

Tax Deductibility

Southern Cross University is a deductible gift recipient (DGR) recognised by the Australian Tax Office as a public Australian university, public art gallery and public library (ABN: 41 995 651 524). All gifts of $2 or more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

Southern Cross University Donations Refund Policy

If you have made an error when making an online donation, or if you change your mind about a donation, the following refund policy will apply:

a. SCU will honour all requests for a refund that are made within 14 days of the date the donation was made.

b. Requests for refunds must be made in writing and include details of the transaction including:

i. date;
ii. donation amount;
iii. donor’s name;
iv. tax invoice number; and
v. the nature of the error.

c. Requests must be sent by email or mail to the following address:
Mail:   PO Box 157 Lismore NSW 2480

d. SCU will endeavour to rectify genuine errors, however, refunds where a person has changed their mind are at SCU’s discretion.

e. Where an amount is adjusted a new tax invoice will be issued;

f. If a transaction fee applies it will be passed onto the donor, and the donor will be notified of that amount;

g. Refunds will be returned using the original method of payment. For example, the payment will be returned to the credit card/ debit card that made the payment.

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