Marie Olive Armstrong scholarship for Indigenous students


1. Origins

a. This scholarship was established in 2021 to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertake studies in music, visual arts, performance, dance, creative writing or poetry at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or at the University of Sydney Conservatory of Music.

b. This scholarship is a gift from the late Marie Olive Armstrong.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be enrolled or have an unconditional offer of admission to undertake a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree

I. in the fields of music, performance or dance at the University of Sydney Conservatory of Music or

II. in the fields of visual arts, creative writing or poetry in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must identify themselves as Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander as defined in the University of Sydney curriculum. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy Confirmation 2015. “

3. Selection criteria

a. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of

I. received entry to an eligible course at the University of Sydney

ii. personal statement outlining how the scholarship will help them in their studies with a personal reflection on their academic journey and the arts as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander,

iii. demonstrated financial disadvantage

b. Preference will be given to students who identify as female and belong to a rural, regional or remote geographic area as described by the Australian government.

vs. The scholarship will be awarded by the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)

4. Value

a. The scholarship is valued at $ 8,000 per year and is valid for the standard full-time duration of the degree.

b. Study periods already undertaken with a view to obtaining the diploma before the start of the scholarship will be deducted from the maximum duration of the scholarship.

vs. The annual value of the scholarship will be paid in two equal installments after the census date of each semester.

D. Postponement and suspension of the stock market are not allowed.

e. The scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

F. No other amount is payable.

5. Continuing eligibility

a. To continue receiving the scholarship, the beneficiary must have obtained a satisfaction score (SR) to receive their next payment.

6. Termination

a. The scholarship will be terminated if the beneficiary:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or does not register,

II. start part-time studies,

III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,

IV. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, providing false or misleading information in connection with their scholarship application,

V. does not return to school at the end of an approved period of leave, or

VI. any other provision as indicated in these conditions which would result in termination.

b. Once the scholarship is over, it will not be reinstated, except in the event of an error by the University.

vs. When a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or the scholarship is terminated under the termination clause of these general conditions, the University reserves the right to request reimbursement of scholarship funds paid to the beneficiary of the stock market.


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