Steve Ashton Scholarship for the Architectural Profession (SASAP)

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The Steve Ashton Scholarship for the Architectural Profession (SASAP) honours Steve Ashton, co-founder of Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM Architecture).

As a career architect, Steve undertook a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration at Swinburne to upskill with what he needed to help operate his business at a high-level and work on prominent urban design projects of the highest architectural quality.

In honour of Steve, the Ashton-Nixon Bequest seeks to support career architects taking the next leap in their professional development and pursue the business training they need to achieve their goals.

The scholarship will support eligible students each year studying either a Vocational Education or Postgraduate level qualification in an aligned business and/or management specialisation at Swinburne. Scholarships are valued up to $30,000.

Courses eligible

The following Vocational Education and Postgraduate courses offered by Swinburne University of Technology:

  • Diploma of Business 
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management 
  • Graduate Certificate or Masters by coursework in one of the following:
    • Professional Accounting
    • Business Administration
    • Business Information Systems
    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Graduate Certificate)
    • Finance
    • Financial Technologies
    • Human Resource Management
    • Marketing
    • Social Impact (Graduate Certificate)
    • Supply Chain Innovation

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Steve Ashton Scholarship for the Architectural Profession (SASAP) applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • Australian, New Zealand citizen, Permanent Resident or International Student
    • completed an accredited course in Architecture (provide a copy of your testamur or academic transcript)
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria:
    • be a Swinburne student in Semester 1, 2024
    • enrolled full-time or part-time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
    • enrolled on campus or online
  3. A written statement or short video (no more than 2 minutes) addressing the following points:
    • professional achievements to date
    • any contribution to the architectural community
    • examples of leadership
    • how you would utilise this scholarship to help create a better world.
    • Please upload your video to cloud based storage and provide a link in an MS Word or PDF document. The video must be downloadable by anyone - provide any passwords if necessary.
  4. Provide a copy of your curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
  5. Membership of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) would be well regarded, but is not essential.


The scholarship is worth up to $30,000 per annum for full-time enrolled recipients for the standard full-time duration of the program, and up to $15,000 per annum for part-time enrolled recipients for the standard part-time. Payments will be made bi-annually.

  • Diploma level students are eligible to receive up to $10,000
  • Graduate Certificate level students are eligible to receive up to $15,000
  • Graduate Diploma level students are eligible to receive up to $22,500
  • Masters by coursework students are eligible to receive up to $30,000

How to apply

Applicants should complete an online application form and submit with all supporting documentation by 31 March 2024.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

For assistance when completing your application, please view the Scholarship Application Help Guide.


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.