Jean Barry Scholarship for Women 2025

Applications are closed   Local students   Current students

The Jean Barry Scholarship for Women is made possible by a generous bequest left to the University in 2017. Jean is a Swinburne alum and completed a Bachelor of Arts in 1989.

The Jean Barry Scholarship was established to support female Bachelor of Arts students to undertake and/or continue tertiary education and to achieve their full academic potential by reducing the need to work outside the study.

Courses eligible

Single or double degree Bachelor of Arts courses offered by Swinburne University of Technology.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Jean Barry Scholarship for Women, applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • identify as female
    • 25 years of age or older (in the year the scholarship will commence)
    • Australian citizen, permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria:
    • be a continuing (second year or beyond) Swinburne student in Semester 1, 2024
    • enrolled full-time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
    • studying on-campus
  3. Submit a personal statement (500 words) addressing the following points:
    • demonstrating a commitment to study
    • self introduction
    • summary of what you are studying
    • how this scholarship would make a diference to your life.
  4. Provide evidence of financial and/or personal hardship
  5. Provide two written references outlining your suitability for the scholarship:
    • Academic reference - from a person qualified to comment on academic studies, such as a subject coordinator, school principal, etc.
    • Character reference - from a person competent to supply a character reference such as a current or past employer.


The scholarship is valued at $5,000 per year, for up to two years.

How to apply

Opening in August 2024.


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


Fees and Scholarships Team, Student Administration