The Bert Evans Endowed Housing Scholarship


The University of New England has established undergraduate scholarships to encourage qualified and motivated country students who have a record of academic achievement, and have been involved in leadership positions in school and the community.  Some scholarships are funded by donations or grants from individuals or organisations and may include specific criteria beyond the usual University requirements.

This endowed scholarship is named in memory of Mr Bert Evans AO who was a NSW Apprenticeship Ambassador and Patron of the NSW Training Awards. Bert started his career in the manufacturing industry and developed a keen appreciation of apprenticeship training and continual learning. He rose to become the head of the Metal Trades Industry Association. Bert has long been an advocate within industry and through his membership on industry and vocational education boards. Bert received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Training Awards in 2013. Bert’s son Russell Evans serves as member of the UNE Council and along with Bert’s partner, Pauline, established this endowment in loving memory of Bert.

This scholarship is open to continuing students enrolled/enrolling in their second year or above at UNE in a full or part time capacity, off campus (online) and is paid towards the reasonable costs associated with travel for intensive schools attendance.

Some scholarships may affect Centrelink payments. It is the recipient's responsibility to seek advice from Centrelink.



Variable: min. $2000 per award, per year. Payable towards the reasonable costs associated with travel for intensive schools attendance, such as airfares and accommodation (payable in travel credit with UNE's appointed travel agency).

Number Awarded

2 (minimum)


up to 3 years (for 3 intensive schools - 1 per year)

Study Mode

Full-time, Part-time, off campus (online)

CourseAny Undergraduate or Postgraduate study including Honours


The applicant must:

have applied for admission to an undergraduate course at the University of New England and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident as defined by the Commonwealth.

The applicant must be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage.

The applicant will meet the criteria of one of the following equity target groups:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident as defined by the Commonwealth;
  • be enrolled at UNE in a full or part time capacity, off campus;
  • be able to demonstrate financial need;
  • have a NSW home address;
  • have demonstrated academic performance with a minimum GPA in their university studies to date of 5.0


Recipients of this housing scholarship shall be selected by the UNE Scholarships Department. A donor may request to be consulted as part of the selection process, however the final decision remains with the University.


    The applicant should attach evidence to support financial need, which may be:

    • A copy of a Centrelink statement; and/or
    • Their parent’s/parents’ Income Tax Return/s (if dependent) and/or
    • A letter from an authorized person (eg. Community leader, School principal, minister of religion,  accountant) that comments on the applicant’s financial circumstances.

The applicant should provide a statement describing how they would benefit from a scholarship.  The statement should also indicate any special reasons the applicant should be awarded a scholarship, any obstacles they have overcome in their path to study, particularly financial, geographic, cultural or other disadvantage

Appropriate documentation indicating expected travel expenses such as quotes for travel and accommodation costs, for example.

Closing Date

25 February 2018.

How to Apply

Complete the Current Student Undergraduate Scholarship Application Form and submit with all supporting documents by the 25 February 2018.

The scholarship that you are applying for may require specific information that is not included on the application form. Please refer to the scholarship and include any extra information in the form of a word document. Do not provide a PDF version.

Complete all sections of the Scholarship Application Form and provide any other eligibility criteria of the scholarship you are applying for in a word document only.

Gather any additional documentation required by the Scholarship you are applying for, attach the application and all supporting documents to a single email message, and email to

Terms and Conditions

  • Undergraduate scholarship holders may not hold more than on UNE scholarship if the combined value is greater than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per annum.
  • The scholarship shall be administered by and awarded on the recommendation of the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Committee.
  • If you make any changes to your enrolment after receiving your instalment you must notify the Undergraduate Scholarships Team.  If you no longer satisfy the conditions of the scholarship you may be required to repay the instalment.
  • There will be no commitment by the University to employ the recipient.
  • 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.
  • Each scholarship awarded may be renewed for up to three years, or for three intensive schools (one per year).
  • Continuation of the scholarship in subsequent Trimesters and/or academic years will be dependent upon the recipient continuing to meet the conditions of eligibility and funding.
  • Recipients will be paid in travel credit from UNE’s appointed travel agency for payment of travel expenses related to attendance at intensive schools.
  • Recipients will be required to submit brief reports (by 14th May and 17th September each year) on their progress with their studies and involvement in sporting, cultural and community activities.
  • The recipient may be required to attend the annual Scholarship Donor event, 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.
  • UNE may change these Conditions on written notice to the recipient.
  • Some scholarships may affect Centrelink payments.  It is the recipient’s responsibility to seek advice from Centrelink.

Acceptance of Conditions

    In accepting the Bert Evan Housing Scholarship the recipient acknowledges that they are accepting the terms and conditions outlined above.

    Failure to meet the requirements of these terms and conditions may lead to the termination of the scholarship.