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Ways to Support Student Scholarships

Peter Bowen
"As the Chair of Rising Stars Scholarships, I encourage organisations and individuals who believe in the importance of education to become donors and help regional students of all backgrounds to achieve their potential."
Peter Bowen
Peter is the inaugural winner of the partnership category of SCU's Community Engagement Awards 2012.

Named Scholarships

Named scholarships are available to organisations or individuals which support scholarships valued at $2,500 per year or above.

INVESTMENT: $2500 per year or above (for 3-5 years)

Rural Mental Health Scholarship Program

A new initiative designed to address the shortfall in mental health resources in rural and regional Australia. This program awards scholarships to students from rural and regional communities to undertake the Bachelor of Psychology with Honours degree. Such training constitutes an essential step towards becoming a qualified mental health practitioner.

INVESTMENT: $20,000 over four years.


Scholarship Endowment Fund (SCU-Bowen Fund)

Any amount can be gifted to the Rising Stars Scholarships program. Supporters who do not wish to establish named scholarships or who would like to donate smaller amounts can choose to support the SCU-Bowen Fund. This is an endowed fund administered by the Northern Rivers Community Foundation. Funds are invested in perpetuity and the income will support scholarships as the fund continues to grow. Scholarships from this fund are awarded annually to disadvantaged students with strong academic potential who live in the Northern Rivers and broader SCU footprints.

  • Contributions to the SCU-Bowen Fund may be made via the University by cheque (payable to Southern Cross University) and advise with a cover note that you would like your gift to go to the SCU-Bowen Fund. A receipt will be provided. Post your contribution to Development and Alumni, Southern Cross University, PO Box 157 Lismore NSW 2480. Donate now [pdf]
  • Alternatively, you can make your contribution by visiting the Northern Rivers Community Foundation.
  • SCU Alumni can also donate to this fund via the SCU Alumni Scholarship Program.

INVESTMENT: any amount


Diana Perrow, Twin Towns Services Club Scholarship
"When I received the phone call from the scholarships office in February this year to advise me that I had been selected to be the lucky recipient of the Twin Towns Services Club scholarship, I was lost for words yet so utterly grateful.

I have used the first instalment of my three-year scholarship to pay for text books and to upgrade my laptop and printer, using the balance to offset some of my HECS fees for my bachelor of nursing.

It is such an honour to be the recipient of a scholarship. It gives you extra encouragement to do the best you can and to know that someone else believes in your ability and ambition to succeed.

I thank my donor, the Twin Towns Services Club, with the biggest 'thank you' possible."

Diana Perrow, Twin Towns Services Club Scholarship
L-R: Diana Perrow (recipient); Michael Fraser (donor representative); Prof Kathleen Fahy (Head of Gold Coast Campus)

School of Business and Tourism Internship Scholarships

The School of Business and Tourism is a leader in industry relevant education for the hotel and tourism industries. More than 90% of students are employed by the time they graduate and employers regularly comment on the preparedness, enthusiasm and motivation of our graduates.

Internship scholarships enable a company to attract a highly skilled student in the final year of their studies. The scholarship supports the student financially while they undertake the required 600-hour internship.

INVESTMENT: $5,000 per year over three years



Cadetships provide the opportunity for paid industry experience which may be, but is not necessarily, in a field related to the student's area of study. Criteria for cadetships vary according to the donor organisation.

SCU Alumni Scholarships

Alumni of SCU are invited to contribute to the SCU Alumni Scholarship. This will help fund a postgraduate study program. The value of this scholarship is $1,500 - $4,500 depending on the type of study being undertaken.

Sporting Scholarships

SCU Rugby Scholarship

Southern Cross University has kick-started the SCU Rugby Scholarship Program to build talent for its Rugby team the 'Gold Rats' as part of the Rising Stars Scholarship Program. Gold Rats Rugby Club aims to be the very first team to establish a sporting scholarship at SCU.

The SCU Rugby Scholarship Program aims to support talented players in their study at SCU; active, healthy lifestyles; and sport at SCU.

Donor Contributions
The Rugby Scholarship will be made possible through contributions from donors. Contributions may be made by regular giving via the Gold Rats Giving Form. Every little bit will help kick start our very first Rugby Scholarship.

With the generous continuing contribution of the community, the first scholarship valued at up to $15,000 will be awarded as soon as fundraising targets are met and will be ongoing. Businesses and individuals are also encouraged to consider supporting a full, named scholarship to the value of $15,000. Contributions to the scholarship are tax deductible.

PDF Gold Rats Giving Form

How does it work?
The Rugby Scholarship is for $5,000 per year for up to three years and will be awarded depending on positions needed within the team. Scholarships will be awarded to students who:

  • Are enrolled or applying to enrol in any undergraduate or post graduate course at SCU
  • Are current or new players in the Far North Coast 1st grade rugby competition for the Gold Rats Rugby Club in the year the scholarship is offered and for the duration of the scholarship
  • Have demonstrated solid academic achievement
  • Have experience as a junior/senior representative or 1st grade rugby player


Tax Deductibility

Contributions to the Rising Stars program are tax deductible (excluding Tourism Internship Scholarships). Receipts are provided for all contributions.