The Gallipoli Scholarship aims to perpetuate among Australians an understanding of the traditions of perseverance, courage and self sacrifice which were established so indelibly at Gallipoli and on other battlefields in World War I and World War ll.
The Scholarship provides financial assistance to the most deserving and meritorious Australian applicant(s), resident in New South Wales or the ACT, to commence the first year of their first degree at a NSW or ACT University in 2016. In assessing suitability for an award, a 60 percent weighting will apply to financial need and a 40 percent weighting to educational merit. The scholarship support does not extend beyond one year.
Up to 7 Gallipoli Scholarships, each worth $5000 tax free, will be available for students to undertake the first year of an approved degree study at a NSW or ACT University. The $5000 is distributed to successful applicants in two packages - one at the presentation ceremony, and the second on completion of the first semester. Continuation for the full year will depend on satisfactory progress. Accordingly, Scholarship recipients are to advise the Scholarship Committee of their development on their course at the end of each semester.
Who can apply?
An applicant for the Scholarship must be:
- a lineal descendant of an Australian World War I veteran, or, for the Bill Hall Memorial Scholarship, a lineal descendant of an Australian World War II veteran.
- an Australian citizen resident in NSW or the ACT.
- under 25 years of age on or before 1 March 2016.
- able to explain the importance of the Gallipoli tradition to our nation and peoples, or, for the Bill Hall Memorial Scholarship, able to explain the importance of the battle at Milne Bay, and
- commencing the first year of a course in 2016.
- Applications will provide details of eligibility by:
- drawing the family tree which traces the applicant's relationship to the veteran;
- being able to authenticate the family tree should that be requested (the RSL in your local area can advise on authentication issues);
- including a copy of the applicant's birth certificate; and
- enclosing an essay describing the Gallipoli tradition or, for the Bill Hall Memorial Scholarship, an essay on Milne Bay.