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The Rising Stars Scholarships Program

Southern Cross University recognises that each scholarship supporter may want to support a student enrolled in a particular discipline, from a particular region or who has overcome disadvantage to pursue higher education. For this reason, the program is flexible and supports students across disciplines and locations. Student applying for the community and industry scholarship program are considered for any scholarship for which they are eligible.

Rising Stars Lismore Recipients 2016
Rising Stars Lismore Recipients 2016


What types of scholarships are available?

  • UNDERGRADUATE Support a commencing student or one progressing through their undergraduate studies
  • HONOURS Support a student in their Honours year undertaking a research thesis
  • MASTERS Support a student through a two-year Masters degree

Rising Stars Coffs Harbour Recipients 2016
Rising Stars Coffs Harbour Recipients 2016

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What is the value of Scholarships?

Scholarships vary in value, from $1,000 in first year to $5,000 each year for a four-year course of study - it may vary based on the course of study, location, academic achievement and/or degree of disadvantage. Students submit one application and are considered for all of the available community and industry scholarships for which they are eligible.

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Are naming rights available?

Naming rights are available for scholarships and are provided.

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Can a scholarship be tailored to a specific course/student?

We recommend keeping criteria as open as possible to ensure the largest field of applicants. Donors wishing to tailor scholarships are asked to focus on one main type of criteria, eg. by course such as any student commencing a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree.

Rising Stars Gold Coast Recipients 2016
Rising Stars Gold Coast Recipients 2016

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What are the benefits of association for scholarship supporters?

Generally all scholarships are treated as donations and are therefore tax deductible.

The University seeks to provide recognition to our scholarship donors through:

  • Providing naming rights.
  • Listing scholarships available on the University website.
  • Inviting donors to an annual scholarship event to recognise the generosity of our supporters and give students the chance to personally express their appreciation.
  • Providing two annual scholarship updates to our supporters.
  • Inviting donors to University events where appropriate.
  • Supporting media promotion about scholarships in the region of coverage.

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How are recipients selected?

The selection process is carried out by the University's Scholarships Office. The application process differs depending on the scholarship but generally students are required to complete an application form which enables them to be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. A shortlist and recommendation is provided to donors for endorsement prior to scholarships being offered.

What obligations are recipients required to meet?

Generally recipients must be studying full-time and maintain a pass or credit average grade. If the scholarship is for a specific course, the student may only continue to receive the scholarship while enrolled in that course. Students who are struggling to meet the requirements of their scholarship or who wish to defer for one or two semesters can discuss their situation with the scholarship's office. Students need to attend Scholarship Presentation ceremonies to meet their donors.