Yvonne Austen Scholarship in Agriculture


The University of New England has established undergraduate scholarships to support 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.

The recipient will be continuing full-time, on-campus studies at the University of New England in an undergraduate course in Agriculture (including related courses such as Ag Law, Agricultural Economics etc) in the year following application having successfully completed their first year.

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


Value$6,000 per annum
Number Awarded2
DurationUp to 3 years
Study ModeFull-time, On-campus


Open to continuing students who have completed at least their first year of full-time, on-campus studies at the University of New England in an undergraduate course in Agriculture or related courses such as Ag Law, Agricultural Economics etc.

The applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be able to demonstrate financial need
  • have a permanent (home) residential address classified as regional or remote as defined by the Government Remoteness Tool.


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

  • a copy of a Centrelink statement;
  • their parent’s/parents’ Income Tax Return/s (if dependent); or
  • their own Income Tax Return (if independent); and
  • a letter from an authorised person (e.g. family doctor, accountant) that comments on the applicant’s financial circumstances.

The Undergraduate Scholarships Committee will also consider:

  1. involvement and leadership in university and community activities; and
  2. commitment to the proposed course.
  3. Academic performance to date

Preference may be given to applicants from farming families/backgrounds.


  • 1 (one) – Report from a UNE representative that is aware of your current financial situation, supporting your case for financial need.
  • 1 (one) – statement addressing Selection Criteria above and also describing how they would benefit from the 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, and whether the applicant feels they have overcome any particular financial, geographic, cultural or other disadvantage.

Closing Date

14 January 2018.

How to Apply

Continuing students complete the Undergraduate Scholarship Application and submit with supporting documents before the 14 January 2018.

The scholarship that you are applying for may require specific information that is not included on the application form. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of 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 from the Terms and Conditions 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 all application and supporting documents to a single email message, and email to scholarships@une.edu.au

Terms and Conditions

  • Undergraduate scholarship holders may not hold more than one UNE scholarship if the combined value is greater than six thousand dollars ($6,000) per annum.
  • The scholarship shall be administered by and awarded on the recommendation of the Undergraduate Scholarships Committee.
  • There will be no commitment by the University to employ the recipient.
  • The scholarship is intended for the nominated undergraduate course and may not be deferred or transferred without the written approval of the Chair of the Undergraduate Scholarships Committee.
  • The scholarship is payable directly into the recipient’s bank account in two instalments within a month of the Trimester One and Two census dates.
  • If you make any changes to your enrolment after receiving your instalment you must notify the Undergraduate Scholarships Officer.  If you no longer satisfy the conditions of the scholarship you may be required to repay the instalment.
  • Continuation of the scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progress:
    • The scholarship shall comprise a cash payment of five thousand dollars ($5,000) paid in two instalments conditional upon the recipient maintaining a GPA of least 4.0 in each trimester.  For continuing students, results for Trimesters 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.
    • It is expected that the recipient will be enrolled full-time, on-campus unless a unit is offered only as an off-campus unit and the unit is a requirement of the course.  Where three or more units within a trimester are offered only as off-campus units (including fully online units), and the units are a requirement of the course, a student may appeal to the Undergraduate Scholarships Committee for continuation of the scholarship.  Each case will be assessed on its merits.
    • It is expected that the recipient will complete the course in the minimum period of candidature.
    • The scholarship may be extended for those recipients undertaking a separate Honours year, if the donor consents. This will be contingent upon the recipient having obtained at least a Credit average or equivalent GPA in the previous year, and the Honours year being undertaken in the following year. Recipients seeking the extension of their scholarship for their Honours year must make a written application to the Undergraduate Scholarships Officer prior to the commencement of the honours program.
  • Recipients will be required to submit brief reports (by 14th May and 17th September each year) on their progress with their studies and show involvement in cultural and community or sporting activities as well as general participation in University life.
  • Additional conditions may apply to some scholarships and may vary by scholarship (e.g. specific conditions on eligibility, voluntary work requirements and payment schedules). When offers are made for these scholarships, the recipient will be made aware of specific conditions that apply.
  • Any request to vary the conditions of the scholarship must be made in writing and will be determined at the discretion of the Undergraduate Scholarships Committee.
  • The recipient will be required to attend the annual scholarships presentation event, if they are invited to do so, and may be asked to participate in activities to promote this scholarship and the UNE  Scholarships in general, including public speaking, donor liaison, media interviews and photographs.
  • UNE may change these Conditions on written notice to the recipient, in consultation with the donor.

Acceptance of Conditions

  • In accepting The Yvonne Austen Scholarship in Agriculture, 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.