The AFGW NSW Education Trust Award

The AFGW NSW Education Trust Award is for a woman student in her third year of study, with satisfactory academic levels, who can demonstrate significant disadvantage. The AFGW NSW Education Trust Award has been made possible by the generous donations of AFGW NSW Members.

There will be two awards this year, a a Dame Constance D’Arcy award in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and a Louisa Macdonald award in non STEM subjects.

Value: The Scholarship/s for 2017 will be $1000


  • Female
  • In the third year of a full time course for any degree at any university in NSW or Canberra, planning to proceed to honours and with a good academic record in the course so far
  • Be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency in Australia
  • Demonstrate significant disadvantage: that is, have overcome or are overcoming disadvantage in the pursuit of your studies.
    Disadvantage may include the following:
    Financial difficulty or low income
    English as a second language
    Migrant or refugee status
    Disability or medical condition
    Family/caring responsibilities
    Geographical isolation/significant distance from campus
    Family crisis or difficult family environment
    Career/ Study disruption
    Other difficult circumstances.

 Closing date:

  • Completed online application form should be submitted to the AFGW-NSW Inc by 31 May 2017. No applications will be considered after this date
  • The Trustees hope to announce the award of the Scholarship by 1 July 2017

To Apply:

What evidence of Disadvantage do I need to supply?

You are asked during the application process to upload documents demonstrating your disadvantage.  These should be no more than 6 pages, scanned (pdf) copies of the original documents.

What should I include in my personal impact statement?

Your personal impact statement should explain the nature of your disadvantage and the effect it has had on your study. Examples of personal impact statements and documentation are given below.


“During my secondary schooling, I acquired a chronic medical condition which requires that I spend a day in hospital once a month having a blood transfusion. I also experience fatigue and other symptoms, especially in the week before the transfusion. I have to miss classes for the transfusion and at other times if I am unwell. I find it difficult to submit assignments on time. My condition is stable, but is unlikely to improve much in the future. I am only able to work part time in the vacation and rely on my Centrelink benefit for support. I live at home with my mother and I pay board from my Centrelink benefit.”

Jane uploads a copy of her Centrelink card and a letter from the Disability Liaison Officer at her university to her application.


“I am a single parent with two children, aged 4 and 2. I have to pay for child care when I attend university as I do not have any family close by. I rely mainly on my Centrelink benefit for financial support, as the father of my children is reluctant to pay child support. The children require constant care and supervision, so I can only study at night when they are in bed.”

Mary uploads a copy of her Centrelink card and the invoice from the Child Care Centre to her application.


“I am supported by my husband who has a PhD scholarship after completing his undergraduate studies part-time. We migrated from another country 10 years ago and have achieved Australian citizenship. My first language was not English and I learned English only when I arrived in Australia. I still struggle with writing academic English for my assignments. I work part time as a casual cleaner, but it is difficult to find enough money to pay for the materials for my art course after we have paid for rent and bills etc.”

Lee uploads copies of her own and her husband’s income tax assessments and of her certificate of Australian citizenship.

Documents required

  • Scanned copy (pdf) or image of proof of citizenship or permanent resident status e.g. extract of birth entry, passport, visa, certificate of citizenship
  • Scanned copy (pdf) or image of proof of enrolment in year of application
  • Scanned copy (pdf) or image of original of all university results including those for subjects completed in your present course. (An Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) is acceptable for completed courses.)
  • Brief account of your career plans and honours project if applicable – you may paste in a Word document, maximum 300 words
  • Resume (CV) of no more than two pages
  • Personal impact statement to explain the nature of your disadvantage and its effect on your study. You may paste in a Word document of no more than 300 words
  • Supporting documentation for your disadvantage(s) – scanned copies (pdf) or images of originals, no more than 6 pages.

Allocation to the appropriate group for the award will be made by the assessors.

You are responsible for ensuring your application is complete. An electronic notification of the receipt of your application will be sent but this does NOT mean its content has been checked. Incomplete applications will be rejected as assessment commences. If you do not receive notification that your application has been sent/received please contact the office on

Referees will only be contacted for short listed candidates.

Please click here for the AFGW NSW Education Trust Award Application Form