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Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship

The Public Education Foundation’s Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who have a physical disability to enable them to reach their academic potential.

Since its establishment by Eliza Hall in 1912, the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust have been helping many Australians in need. During that time many tens of thousands of Australians and their families suffering the effects of poverty have been assisted in surviving a crisis. Many others have been helped to reach their full potential.

The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship will provide a student with a physical disability transition into tertiary education to study for a degree.

There are a total of three scholarships in 2020, each valued at $10,000.  Each scholarship will be split into two equal payments to be made after census day each semester of the 2020 university calendar.

The scholarship is to cover educational expenses such as:

  • Face-To-Face Tutoring or Online Tutoring
  • Necessary equipment
  • Stationery and books
  • Laptop


  • Has a permanent physical disability
  • Attends a Public School in the ACT, NSW, Qld or VIC
  • Currently in Year 12 and intending to apply for university in 2020
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident


  • Evidence that current study and academic records are appropriate to the nominated University study
  • Potential to do well at university
  • Determination to complete the nominated study
  • Able to demonstrate that the scholarship will make a significant contribution to reaching their potential
  • Experiencing financial disadvantage that may prevent the student from successfully completing their desired studies
  • Positive attitude towards schooling
  • Participation in school life
  • Contributes in the community and/or in extracurricular activities

Further information and application details