Australia’s University of Canberra announces VC’s Social Champion Scholarships for students passionate about making a difference in the community

New Delhi: The University of Canberra (UC) in Australia has announced the Vice-Chancellor’s Social Champion Scholarship, which will enable financially-challenged offshore students involved in making a positive contribution to the community to further their studies in Australia.

The total combined value of the scholarship is up to $200,000 (approximately up to ₹One Crore) per student.

This includes tuition fees for the course duration, on-campus accommodation, and a yearly allowance of $10,000 (Australian dollars).

The Vice-Chancellor’s Social Champion Scholarships will be offered to students who excel not only academically, but also demonstrate leadership characteristics and a passion for social equity. The scholarship aims to encourage financially-challenged students who want to further their undergraduate or postgraduate studies and make a positive difference in the community.

The scholarships reflect the UC’s focus on diversity, inclusion, and making higher education more accessible for all. This saw UC ranked first in the world on the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings for reducing inequalities.

Speaking about the scholarship, Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of Canberra, said, “Our scholarship is designed for international students who demonstrate UC’s core values and a commitment to social engagement, sustainability, and reducing inequalities. We are delighted to offer this opportunity to students who may not have the financial support to study internationally. This is an exciting moment for us, and we look forward to welcoming students from India to take part and receive their application.”

To apply, students will need to submit a written statement that demonstrates their financial need, values, and experience relevant to the following:

  • Potential to evolve as a leader in ways that embrace and advance the principles of social and economic equity, and their practice
  • Making a positive difference to the community by doing things differently, innovating, and inspiring others
  • Curiosity and a desire to learn from, collaborate and engage with perspectives from a range of cultural contexts

The Vice-Chancellor’s Social Champion Scholarship will cover all major expenses that are a part of studying in Australia.

Three scholarships will be offered to international students intending to commence at UC in Semester One, 2023. Applications open on 1 April, 2022, and close on 9 October, 2022.

To apply, students must complete the VC’s Social Champion Scholarship online application form available on the University of Canberra’s official website www.canberra.edu.au/social-champion

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