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 offered by Swinburne University of Technology in the following areas:

  1. Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship courses:
    • plumbing
    • carpentry
    • engineering (mechanical and fabrication)
    • electrotechnology
    • electrician
    • building and construction (bricklaying)
  2. Spoken and written English
  3. General education for adults
  4. English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Access)
  5. English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Further Study)

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Sheila Fitzgerald Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria:
    • be a continuing Swinburne student in 2024
    • enrolled full time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
  3. Submit a personal statement (500 words) addressing the following points:
    • a passion for the chosen field of study
    • long term plans in the chosen field of study 
    • benefits of the scholarship
  4. Provide evidence of financial need or socio-economic disadvantage. Disadvantage(s) may include:
    • financial difficulty or low-socio economic status (Centrelink statement, payslips)
    • 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


This scholarship is valued at $2,000 (one-off payment)

How to apply

Applications are currently closed



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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