Carole and Stan Droder Scholarships

Background

The Carole and Stan Droder Scholarships were established through a bequest from the Droder family. The aim of the scholarships is to aid students obtain university undergraduate degrees and at the same time encourage students to experience life as residential undergraduates. It was Carole and Stan’s wish to support students from low- to middle-income families, as neither of them was able to attend university to gain higher education due to financial restrictions.

Details

Value per annum:$10,000
Number Awarded: Variable
Duration: 2 years maximum (1 year only if recipient is in their final year of degree)
Study Mode: On campus
Study Load: Full-time (8 units per academic year)
Course Type: Undergraduate (Bachelor degree only) excluding separate Honours programs
New/Continuing students:Continuing students in their 2nd/3rd/4th/5th year
Residential requirement: The recipient is required to reside in one of the UNE residences, including St Albert’s College, for the duration of the scholarship, unless special permission has been sought and granted.
Application Closing Date:1st January 2021

Who can Apply?
  1. Australian Citizen/Permanent Resident:

    The applicant must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident as defined by the Commonwealth

  2. Continuing Full-time UNE Students who meet all of the following criteria:
    1. Open to current UNE students in their 2nd/3rd/4th/5th year of an undergraduate degree (including students entering their final year of an undergraduate degree which is offered at Honours level and which normally takes four years)
    2. Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of 48 credit points.
    3. An average GPA of 4.0 in their course to date is required.
  3. Financial Disadvantage:
    1. The applicant must be able to demonstrate their low to middle income family background and financial need. Preference may be given to applicants whose parents are employed as tradespersons, small farmers, shopkeepers, clerks and the like.  Single parents or children of single parents are encouraged to apply.
    2. Applicants must not be in receipt of another scholarship or prize with a value greater than $1000pa. Applicants will be required to disclose information regarding any other scholarships, awards or bursaries currently held
  4. Living in College:

    The applicant is living in a UNE Residential College for part or all of their degree (see Conditions for specific requirements of this scholarship)
Selection Criteria (in Order of Importance)

Financial need and circumstances and 'statement of case' in order of importance:

  1. Why are you studying your chosen course and what are your career aspirations?
  2. What involvement in Uni life have you had to date?  And what’s your intention re Uni life for the duration of the scholarship?
  3. What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
  4. How do you plan to use the funds from the scholarship?  In what way do you think it will change your University experience?
  5. What special conditions or obstacles have you overcome in your path to study? eg. financial, geographic, cultural or other disadvantage
  6. Can you describe ways in which you have demonstrated perseverance and persistence in your UNE experience (including studies) to date?

The scholarship shall be awarded in consultation with the donor and administered by the UNE Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Team. By applying for this scholarship, the applicant permits the University to give some personal details contained in their application to the donor who may not be UNE staff. All information gathered will be treated with discretion.

The Selection Committee's decision is final.

Supporting Documents/Required Information
  1. Financial need:
    The applicant should attach evidence to support financial need, which may be:
    1. A copy of a Centrelink statement; or their Income Tax Return (if independent) and/or;
    2. Their parent's/parents' Income Tax Return/s (if dependent) and/or;
    3. A letter from an authorized person (eg. Community leader, School principal, minister of religion, accountant) that comments on the applicant’s financial circumstances.
  2. Statement of case:
    1. Why are you studying your chosen course and what are your career aspirations?
    2. What involvement in Uni life have you had to date?  And what’s your intention re Uni life for the duration of the scholarship?
    3. What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
    4. How do you plan to use the funds from the scholarship?  In what way do you think it will change your University experience?
    5. What special conditions or obstacles have you overcome in your path to study? eg. financial, geographic, cultural or other disadvantage?
    6. Can you describe ways in which you have demonstrated perseverance and persistence in your UNE experience (including studies) to date?
  3. Other supporting documents:
    1. One (1) reference from Head of College, College Office Manager or Senior Resident Fellow confirming involvement and achievements in community and college based activities.
    2. Disclosure of any other scholarships, awards or bursaries currently held by the applicant with a value greater than $1000pa.
How to Apply

Application

Applications for the Carole and Stan Droder Scholarships should be made through the Online Application Form.

Only completed applications will be processed, so please ensure that you have submitted all required documentation with your application. The Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Team will notify you via email when your application has been processed.

Terms and Conditions

General Conditions

  1. The scholarship is intended for the nominated course and may not be deferred or transferred.
  2. If you wish to make any changes to your enrolment you must notify the UNE Scholarships, Prizes and Awards team prior to doing so.  If you no longer satisfy the criteria and conditions of the scholarship you may not retain it.
  3. Failure to meet the conditions of your scholarship may result in you being required to repay any instalment already received.
  4. The scholarship is payable into the recipient’s bank account in two instalments within a month of the Trimester One and Two census dates.

Notes

  1. Full-time is defined at UNE as an enrolment of 8 units in the academic year.
  2. Payments will be made in Trimester 1 and 2 each year provided there is a minimum enrolment of 3 units in each period. If less than 3 units are undertaken in Trimester 1 and/or 2, payments will be deferred to the following Trimester.
  3. For 1 year duration scholarships or for continuing scholarship recipients in the final year of their scholarship, the second payment will only be made when the 8 units for that academic year requirement has been satisfied.
  4. If this presents a problem the recipient must liaise with the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Team to discuss their specific situation.
  5. Continuation of the scholarship, if applicable, is subject to:
    1. Maintenance of a GPA of 4.0 in each trimester. For continuing students, results for Trimester Two and Three will be combined for the purpose of calculating eligibility for continuation of the scholarship in Trimester One in the second and subsequent years.
    2. The scholar continuing to maintain eligibility in relation to their full-time enrolment status as stipulated by the Scholarship terms. Students unsure about this should contact the UNE Scholarship, Prizes and Awards team to discuss their situation.
    3. Full-time students are expected to complete their course in the minimum period of candidature.
    4. Submission of brief Trimester reports in May and September each year reporting on progress with their studies and involvement in sporting, cultural and community activities as well as participation in University life, where applicable.
  6. Any request to vary the conditions of the scholarship must be made in writing and will be determined at the discretion of the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Committee (or other relevant committee).
  7. The Scholar may be required to attend the annual scholarships donor event if they are invited to do so, and may be asked to participate in activities to promote this scholarship and other scholarships in general, including public speaking, donor liaison, media interviews and photographs.
  8. Some scholarships may affect other government payments.  It is the recipient’s responsibility to seek advice from the relevant government agency.
  9. From time to time minor changes made be required to the administrative conditions of this scholarship. If this occurs recipients will be given advanced notice in writing. Donors will also be consulted where appropriate.
  10. Failure to meet the requirements of these terms and conditions may lead to the termination of the scholarship.

Scholarship Specific Conditions

  1. Recipients are required to reside in one of the UNE residences, including St Albert’s College for the duration of the scholarship, unless special permission has been sought and granted.
  2. Recipients seeking an extension of their scholarship may reapply through the normal application process. No preference will be shown to previous recipients.
Acceptance

By accepting a Carole and Stan Droder Scholarship, the recipient acknowledges that they have read, understand and accept the terms and conditions outlined above.