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Maple Equality & Inclusion Scholarship

The Maple Equality and Inclusion Scholarship has been established to help provide people with a disability, greater access to affordable educational opportunities. This Scholarship is open to any individual within the Australian Community who identifies as having a disability. The awarded recipient of each scholarship may use the funds to assist with tertiary study costs such as library and internet charges, purchase of textbooks, on-campus accommodation, transport costs, computer hardware and software, stationery, personal support and scribes/tutors.

Scholarship Amount: $5,000

Eligibility criteria

  • You are living with a disability.
  • You are an Australian citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident currently residing in Australia.
  • You have been accepted into or are enrolled into tertiary study in Australia for study occurring in the year 2023.
  • In need of financial support.

Use of Funds

The awarded recipient of each scholarship may use the funds to assist with tertiary study costs such as library and internet charges, purchase of textbooks, on-campus accommodation, transport costs, computer hardware and software, stationery, personal support and scribes/tutors.

Scholarship funds may be used to cover items not covered by the NDIS or other funding schemes. These include:

  • Up to 50% of their Scholarship amount to study fees/tuition.
  • Course excursion funds or residential expenses on campus.
  • Carer’s allowance contribution not funded by another source.
  • IT requirements; for example: laptop, computer, hardware / software, voice recognition programs, IT tuition.
  • Introductory computer-use training tailored to the specific needs of the individual.
  • Textbooks and reference material (including online resources).
  • Stationery and other study / workplace supplies not provided.
  • Additional support; for example, scribe and typing services
  • Travel costs up to $500 to cover transport costs to and from place of study.
  • Equipment required for courses and training.
  • Professional fees involved in career counselling / planning, resume services, interview coaching, portfolio development.

Application assessment

The Maple Equality and Inclusion Scholarship will be awarded by an Advisory Committee consisting of members nominated by the Maple Community Services Directors or their nominated delegate.

The Committee will take into consideration the below aspects as well as the final round interview to form a unanimous decision as to the successful recipient of this Scholarship.

  • Academic Merit.
  • Financial Situation.
  • Personal Statement.
  • That the course of study is a logical trajectory for the student's skills, interests, and goals.
  • The potential of the scholarship to enhance the individual's ability to successfully complete the program of study.
  • The applicant's previous academic performance and indicators of their ability to successfully complete their studies to a high standard.
  • The reference letter which talks to the quality of the applicant’s work, work ethic or character which aligns to a successful scholarship placement.

Applications close: 4 January 2023

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