Aspire Residential Scholarship


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Undergraduate
Study area All study areas
Scholarship value $10,000 per year, towards accommodation costs
Scholarship duration Up to 3 years
Number awarded 5
Opening date 23 December 2019
Closing date 31 January 2020


This scholarship assists students from a regional or rural background to undertake undergraduate studies at The University of Queensland.

It was established in 2018 through a bequest to the University under the will of John Dugald Adams, a long time donor and a Bachelor of Commerce graduate of this University from 1961, who died in 2017. The scholarship is maintained through an endowment fund and is open to further contributions.


You are eligible for this scholarship if you:

  • apply by the closing date for applications,
  • will be a domestic student in the year of award in accordance with the University’s Fee Policy,
  • intend to enrol as a commencing student in any Bachelor program at UQ in the year of the award,
  • have not completed any prior tertiary study at bachelor level or higher, and

All applicants will be considered for the JD Adams Memorial Scholarship.  In addition to the above, you are eligible for the JD Adams Memorial Scholarship, if you:

  • are from a rural or regional background, and
  • have demonstrated educational disadvantage as a result of financial hardship as determined by QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme.  To meet this eligibility requirement, applicants will be in receipt of a 2020 UQ Link Scholarship.

Approved Accommodation Providers: If you are awarded a scholarship, the University will make all reasonable efforts to place you with one of your preferred accommodation providers.  However, applying for this scholarship does not guarantee a place, and you are strongly encouraged to apply to your preferred approved accommodation provider through their standard process.  Please refer to the approved accommodation provider details in Table 1 in the Information for Applicants in the How to Apply section.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply


As being in receipt of a 2020 UQ Link Scholarship is a requirement for eligibility for the Aspire Scholarships, Aspire Residential-JD Adams Memorial Scholarships and UQ Senate Create Change Residential Scholarships, applicants only need to complete and submit one Aspire Scholarships application form to be considered for all or any of the three scholarships. 

  1. Go to the 'Online Application Form' link and create a user profile.
    • Please use the same personal details as your QTAC application. We don't recommend you use your secondary school email address or UQ student email address.
    • If you've applied for Enhanced Studies Program,  UQ Academic Scholarships or LEAD Scholarships at UQ, you will already have a user profile to use. Please use the same profile.
  2. On your Profile page, choose 'Programs' and select 'Aspire Scholarships'.
  3. Answer all applicable questions on the Application Form.
  4. Check the boxes after you have read the Supporting Documentation, Privacy Policy and Applicant Declaration.
  5. Upload supporting documentation in the 'Upload Documents' section (refer to the information below)
  6. When you are ready to finalise your application, having completed the application form and uploaded all supporting documentation, click the ‘SUBMIT’ button. 
    • Please note, the application form cannot be edited once it has been submitted. Up until you are ready to submit, you can 'Save' the form and return to it at any time by selecting the 'Edit' button.
  7. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please contact the Student Fees and Scholarships Office at if you haven’t received your confirmation email within 2 working days of submitting your application. (Please note, these emails may appear in your Junk/Spam folder and not your Inbox)

It is recommended when opening links within the application form to use the 'Open in a new tab' or 'Open in a new window' option, if available, to keep the application form open at the same time.

Supporting Documentation/Evidence

You are required to upload documentation to support your application. All documentation must be uploaded before your application is considered complete – you must upload documentation prior to submitting your application as documentation cannot be added once you have submitted.

Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered. Hard copies of documents are not required at this stage of the process, however verification of documents (originals) may be requested at any future stage.

Selection criteria

The JD Adams Memorial Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit (OP/ATAR/QTAC Rank). 

Applications are closed.


Student Fees and Scholarships, Academic Services Division
(07) 3365 7113
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

The recipient may hold a scholarship for a maximum period of 3 years (excluding any periods for which that scholarship is deferred or interrupted), subject to the recipient:

  • continuing to be enrolled full-time in an approved program, excluding any periods of approved interruption in accordance with rule 7,
  • maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress, or in respect of a named scholarship maintaining any other academic requirements specified in Addendum 1, and
  • maintaining ongoing residence with the approved accommodation provider.

Each recipient of a named scholarship must also comply with any additional conditions for that named scholarship specified in Addendum 1 of the scholarship rules.

For the JD Adams Memorial Scholarship, recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 5.0 in each semester of enrolment.


'Approved Accommodation Provider' means an accommodation provider approved for participation in the scheme, as listed in Addendum 2 of the rules.

'Approved program' means any Bachelor program at UQ, including dual programs.

'Named scholarship' means a type of scholarship offered under the Aspire Residential Scholarship scheme which is named in recognition of a donor or partnership, or designated to apply to a particular discipline or category of student, and in either case is also identified in Addendum 1 of the rules. All named scholarships are administered in accordance with these rules as well as any additional requirements outlined in Addendum 1 of the rules.

'Satisfactory Academic Process' means meeting the requirements to remain enrolled under the University’s Academic Progression Policy.



Applications are closed.