VC’s Excellence and Access Scholarships

Excellence and Access Scholarships The move fits seamlessly with the University’s recently launched Future Ready strategy, which targets the best and brightest from all social backgrounds.

A number of delighted students have already accepted early offers of these prestigious scholarships, which will be formally launched on the 19th December.

The Excellence and Access Scholarships will continue to be rolled out and offered to students with the highest ATARs at 90 and above who applied for one of the 29 target courses at La Trobe.

Successful students are being contacted by La Trobe University during the change of preference period, from the 17th December.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar said he was absolutely delighted that that these scholarships are being so well received and was looking forward to meeting the students who had been offered early scholarships at the launch on Wednesday.

‘La Trobe is home to intelligent, committed students who want to make a real difference to their world,’ he said.

‘These scholarships are our way of providing support to those students who are among the brightest in their year and who are keen to join La Trobe in its mission to address the most pressing challenges facing the global community.’

The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship provides $6000 per recipient, for up to four years.  The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence and Access Scholarships are identical but take disadvantage into account. All Excellence Scholarship recipients will be invited to participate in the Dean’s Scholar Program, which will provide mentors and the opportunity to extend their academic and personal capabilities.

Professor Dewar said the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence and Access Scholarships are a response to the growing demands placed on University students.
 ‘Typically, the modern day University student is the master of a very tough juggling act- often balancing the responsibility of a job, paying rent, maintaining a demanding study schedule and other commitments,’ he said.

‘The Excellence Scholarships will help a number of our students who are already showing great potential to reach even greater heights academically by reducing the financial burden of University by allowing them to focus on their study.’

Professor Dewar added that these scholarships will broaden the range of scholarships already available.
‘La Trobe is known for its diverse student body and these scholarships will ensure that this diversity is maintained. We are well known for assisting our disadvantaged and First in Family students however, rewarding excellence is also important.’

Student recipients will be invited to celebrate their scholarships at the Vice-Chancellor’s reception at La Trobe’s Melbourne campus on 19th December.

This is just one category of scholarships available to La Trobe students. Many scholarships are sponsored by local industry and organisations, including memorial prizes such and there are many prizes open to current students. The focus for the scholarships vary as do the eligibility criteria and value.  To find out more go to

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