Bruce McDonald Accountancy Alumni Scholarship 2025

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This scholarship is funded by Swinburne Accounting Alumni to provide financial support to an eligible undergraduate second year student to continue their studies.

The scholarship is valued at a total of $20,000 over 2 years ($10,000 per year) and is aimed at supporting students who are, or have been, experiencing disadvantages (either personal or financial). The scholarship is an integral component of the Accounting Futures Fund in that it aims to promote and raise interest in accounting and allied disciplines at Swinburne University of Technology.

Courses eligible

The following undergraduate business courses (including double degrees) offered by Swinburne University of Technology:

  • Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Business (Professional) - Majoring in the following only:
    • Accounting
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Accounting and Financial Planning
    • Finance
    • Financial Planning
    • Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Accounting 
  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems 
  • Bachelor of Accounting and Business Information Technology (Professional) 
  • Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology 

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Bruce McDonald Accountancy Alumni Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian Permanent Resident with Humanitarian Visa.
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria:
    • be a continuing second year student in Semester 1, 2024
    • enrolled full-time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
  3. Have experienced financial and/or personal hardship which may have hindered access to education and provide evidence:
    • Examples of financial hardship or low-socio economic status (but not limited to):
      • Centrelink statement
      • Payslips can be used if an explanation is provided in a personal statement
    • Examples of personal hardship (but not limited to):
      • disability or medical condition (e.g. medical documents, letter from GP)
      • delay or interruption to career or studies because of family responsibilities or illness (e.g. explained in personal statement and/or medical evidence)
      • relocation from a rural or regional area in order to undertake tertiary study (e.g. explained in personal statement and/or lease agreement etc.)
      • English as a second language (e.g. explained in personal statement and/or IELTS)
      • identification as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (e.g. explained in personal statement etc.)
      • First in family to attend university (e.g. statutory declaration)
  4. Provide evidence of community involvement using reference letters, certificate of participation. Examples such as (but not limited to):
    • extra-curricular service to the community
    • sporting participation
    • and/or leadership qualities
  5. Submit a personal statement (500 words) addressing the following points:
    • why you should be awarded the scholarship
    • outlining your passion for a career in Accounting and/or Business
    • your future aspirations (both career and future career)
  6. Provide two written referee reports 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.


This scholarship is valued at $10,000 per year, for up to two years. 

How to apply

Opening in August 2024.


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


Fees and Scholarships Team, Student Administration.