Swinburne Student Achievement Awards

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The Swinburne Student Achievement Awards recognise students who have experienced significant personal hardship or adversity and have persevered with their studies.

There are a limited number of awards available, and successful applicants receive $1000 each.

These awards are offered by Swinburne Student Equity and AccessAbility Services. They are funded by the Australian government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program HEPPP) and Alumni donations made to the university.

Courses eligible

All Swinburne courses.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • be currently enrolled at Swinburne (in any course, including vocational education, undergraduate degree and postgraduate courses).
  • have passed at least one semester (or two terms) of study at Swinburne.
  • have experienced significant personal hardship or adversity, and managed to perservere with your studies. (Some examples of significant hardship are: a disability, health issues, family issues, or an unexpected event.)

All students are encouraged to apply, including:

  • students living with a disability
  • students with refugee or asylum seeker status
  • local and international students
  • students studying full-time and part-time
  • Swinburne Online students
  • OUA students who are studying a Swinburne degree.

If you have already received this award or a Student Services Achievement Award you are not eligible to apply.


Each award is valued at $1000.

How to apply

Applications close 11:59pm Monday 2 September 2019.

To apply, you need to complete this online Swinburne Student Achievement Awards application form.

Please note you will need to provide two written referee reports with your application.

Preferably, one referee report would be from a professional such as a counsellor, doctor or teacher, who is able to verify what you state in your application.

The second referee report could be from a family member or close friend who knows about your situation and hardship.

Both reports only need to be brief.

You must answer all the questions on the application form and attach the required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Finding out the outcome of your application

All applicants will receive an email to their student email account, to notify them of the outcome of their application.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend the awards event (at a date to be determined).

The decision of the Selection Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. A final decision on your application will not be made until after the closing date for applications.


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