Aspire Scholarships

Summary

Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Undergraduate
Study area All study areas
Scholarship value $4,500
Scholarship duration 1 year
Number awarded The President of the Academic Board will determine the number of scholarships available each year

Scholarship description

The purpose of the scholarship scheme is to provide assistance with transition to tertiary study to students in their first year of study who have experienced financial hardship and are commencing a relevant program at The University of Queensland.

Funded by the many thousands of gifts to the Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Aspire Scholarship Fund, these scholarships will grow to help increasing numbers of students during their university studies.

This scholarship scheme supports students who have demonstrated significant financial disadvantage through achieving the maximum points for the ‘Financial Hardship’ category of QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme, and are eligible for a UQ Link Scholarship.

Scholarships are offered either as an Aspire Scholarship or as a Named Aspire Scholarship under the Aspire Scholarship Scheme.

Aspire Scholarship

  • Number awarded: Approximately 50 per year
  • Selection criteria: In accordance with the Aspire Scholarship Rules.

UQ Broncos Aspire Scholarship

  • Number awarded: 3 per year
  • Selection criteria:
    • In accordance with the Aspire Scholarship Rules and
    • Regional Queensland, or Indigenous, or first in family to attend university.

Clem Jones and E.W. 'Ted' Jones Memorial Aspire Scholarship

  • Number awarded: 1 per year
  • Selection criteria:
    • In accordance with the Aspire Scholarship Rules and
    • Mathematics or Ipswich.

Donated by the Clem Jones Foundation to commemorate the birth and early life in Ipswich of Clem Jones AO, a mathematically inclined surveyor by profession, long-time Lord Mayor of Brisbane and sometime groundkeeper of the Gabba wicket, along with his father, E.W. 'Ted' Jones, a teacher at Ipswich Grammar School in the early part of the 1900s.

Ailsa and Professor Ross Hawker Aspire Scholarship

  • Number awarded: 1 per year.
  • Selection criteria:  In accordance with the Aspire Scholarship Rules.

Donated by the Hawker Foundation in honour of Ailsa and Professor Ross Hawker. Professor Hawker led the Department of Physiology at The University of Queensland for 25 years, published more than 50 books, and conducted ground-breaking research after joining The University of Queensland as a lecturer in 1950. His academic and professional career was only possible through a scholarship in 1938 to Hurlstone Agricultural College in New South Wales. Ailsa Hawker was his lifelong closest friend, companion, proof-reader, and partner in all his research, travel, and artistic pursuits. This Scholarship recognises their contributions to the world and hopes to provide the opportunity for another student to make a difference.

MineGeoTech Aspire Scholarship

  • Number awarded: 1 per year
  • Selection criteria:
    • In accordance with the Aspire Scholarship Rules and
    • Remote or very remote area or STEM.

Donated by alumnus Dr John Player (through MineGeoTech Pty Ltd) to honour his commitment to advancing the interests of capable students who come from remote and very remote areas who have the desire to study within the engineering, science, technology and mathematics disciplines at UQ.

R.D. Arida Aspire Scholarship

  • Number awarded: 2 per year
  • Selection criteria:
    • In accordance with the Aspire Scholarship Rules and
    • North Queensland.

Originally established in 2003 having been administered since 1944 by Perpetual Trustees Queensland and maintained by the income from a bequest from the late Rachid Lahoud Arida (also known as Richard Dominique Arida), the R.D. Arida Scholarship supports commencing students from North Queensland who are in financial need.

Goldburg Family Foundation Aspire Scholarship

  • Number awarded: 1 per year
  • Selection criteria:
    • In accordance with the Aspire Scholarship Rules and
    • Regional or remote area

Established in 2019 by the Goldburg Family Foundation under the Create Change Scholarship Match Initiative with the intent to support and enable capable and talented students who experience financial disadvantage.  

Eligibility

You are eligible for this scholarship if you:

  • are a domestic student in accordance with The University's Fee Policy,
  • are enrolled as a commencing student at The University of Queensland in an approved program in Semester 1 or Trimester 1 in the year of award,
  • have not completed any prior tertiary study at bachelor level or higher,
  • have demonstrated significant financial disadvantage through achieving the maximum points for the ‘Financial Hardship’ category of QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme,
  • have been awarded a UQ Link Scholarship, and
  • are not in receipt of another scholarship awarded on the basis of financial hardship at The University of Queensland, with the exception of the UQ Link scholarship.

'Approved program' means any bachelor or associate degree program at The University of Queensland unless otherwise specified in 'Addendum 1 – Additional Requirements for Named Scholarships' in the rules.

Before you apply

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them before applying.

How to apply

2020 applications opening late-December.

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 ugscholarships@uq.edu.au 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 or 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.

Contact

Student Fees and Scholarships
(07) 3365 7113