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Inside the million-dollar scholarship program that supports our brightest, recognises regional talent

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14 December 2023

The brightest academic stars in the Southern Cross will be awarded scholarships to support their studies, ground them in our regions and encourage them to study in key academic disciplines.

Southern Cross University staff are now scouring the ATAR scores released today to identify recipients of the annual merit-based scholarships, which total more than $1.1 million. 

The merit-based scholarships are part of a broader suite which support the University’s mission to provide access to higher education for students from a broad range of backgrounds. It includes Indigenous scholarships and equity scholarships. 

According to University Chief Marketing Officer Dean Gould: “Our merit-based scholarships are an investment in encouraging future academic stars to join our constellation at Southern Cross University.” 

“There are many demands in the lives of modern students and these scholarships are a way of recognising their potential and helping them realise it.”

The merit-based program is headlined by eight Vice-Chancellor Scholarships valued at $50,000 each for the top eight students who accept an offer at Southern Cross University with an ATAR over 90.

Joining the program this year are four Vice-Chancellor Regional Leadership Scholarships valued at $50,000 for top students from the university’s regional footprint with an ATAR over 90.

This year’s scholarships also include four $32,000 Engineering Excellence Scholarships for the top four engineering students with an ATAR of 80 or better. 

“There are many demands in the lives of modern students and these scholarships are a way of recognising their potential and helping them realise it.”

Executive Dean (Faculty of Science and Engineering) Professor Jon Hill said the engineering scholarships recognised the chronic shortage of engineers nationally and the vital importance of the field.

“We know the profession is key to the future prosperity of both our region and the nation,” Professor Hill said. “Not only will these scholarships support our recipients, our scholars will join a Southern Cross community of students, most of whom have quality jobs lined up before they even graduate from their course.”

Additionally, Southern Cross University administers 18 Destination Australia Scholarships, which are funded by the Federal Government, for students who enrol to study on the Lismore or Coffs Harbour campuses. They are worth $15,000 annually for recipients.

This year, four scholarships are being offered for domestic students enrolling in the 2024 Bachelor of Nursing.

Fourteen scholarships are available for international students in a range of study areas.  Details of the Destination Australia Scholarships, including eligibility and application deadlines, can be found at this link.

Details about the University’s broader scholarship program can be found at this link.

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