Sheila Fitzgerald Scholarship

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The Sheila Fitzgerald scholarship is offered to enable a student to pursue a vocational foundation or an apprenticeship program, consistent with Sheila’s deeply held commitment to accessible, high-quality vocational education.

Courses eligible

Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship courses in the following areas as listed on Swinburne's course search:

  • apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship courses:
    • plumbing
    • carpentry
    • engineering (mechanical and fabrication)
    • electrotechnology
    • electrician
  • spoken and written English
  • general education for adults
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Access)
  • EAL (Further Study)

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • be a current student studying full-time in a vocational education foundation or apprenticeship program at Swinburne in 2020
  • provide evidence of financial need or socio-economic disadvantage. Disadvantage(s) may include:
    • financial difficulty or low-socio economic status (Centrelink statement, payslips. Bank statements can be used if an explanation is provided in a personal statement)
    • disability or medical condition
    • delay or interruption to career or studies because of family responsibilities or illness
    • relocation from a rural or regional area in order to undertake tertiary study
    • English as a second language
    • identification as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • demonstrate passion for the chosen field of study and long term plans and benefits of the scholarship (in a personal statement of not more than 500 words)


This scholarship is valued at $2,000.

How to apply

Applications will re-open in August 2020



All scholarships offered by Swinburne are governed by a set of conditions. Please visit our Scholarship Conditions page for further information.


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