Kath Watson Scholarship for Women

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The Kath Watson Foundation was established to support female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake and/or continue tertiary education and to achieve their full academic potential by reducing the need to work outside of study.

Courses eligible

Students offered a Kath Watson Scholarship may undertake one of the following courses:

  • a full-time vocational education course: certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma
  • a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa
  • be a female  over 25 years of age or older by 1 January in the year the scholarship commences.
  • commencing or current student studying full-time in a course at Certificate IV level and above at Swinburne in Semester 1 2020.
  • demonstrate and provide evidence of financial hardship and educational disadvantage. Disadvantage may include:
    • financial difficulty or low income
    • 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
  • provide a personal statement of no more than 500 words demonstrating a commitment to study and career aspirations
  • provide two referee reports (written in the last 2 years) to support your application:
    • from a person competent to comment on your capacity to undertake/continue tertiary studies, e.g. an educator.
    • a character reference from a person competent to comment on your suitability for the scholarship e.g. current or past employer.

Please note references cannot be supplied by a person related to you.


The scholarship is valued at $2500 per year for the duration of continuous study for the normal duration of the course, up to a maximum period of five years.

From time to time, recognition awards are granted to some applicants.

How to apply

Applicants must complete an online application form and submit with all supporting documentation by Sunday 15 March 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For assistance preparing your scholarship application, please refer to the Scholarship Help Guide.


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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