La Trobe gives Humanitarian Scholarships

La Trobe University has announced new scholarships to help refugees and students seeking asylum to access higher education.

The University will award four Humanitarian Scholarships for 2017 and two each in 2018 and 2019.

The scholarships will cover full tuition fees for a three year Bachelor degree of the student’s choice, a $3000 annual cost of living bursary and the opportunity to participate in a four week Introductory Academic Program.

A further 15 Tertiary Enabling Program scholarships will be offered over the next three years which also cover full fees and a cost of living bursary for the semester long course.

Vice Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, said the new awards build on La Trobe’s long-standing support of students seeking asylum and answers a call from the Refugee Council of Australia for action to improve access to higher education.

“Refugees on bridging visas and people seeking asylum in Australia face significant challenges to access higher education and are currently required to pay international students fees to enrol,” Professor Dewar said.

“These new awards reflect La Trobe’s commitment to supporting diversity and social justice and helping students from all walks of life to realise their full potential.”

The first recipient of La Trobe’s Humanitarian Scholarship is a VCE student who came to Australia from Iran and wants to study nursing.

“This scholarship will really help me as I have no family support in Australia and I am also supporting my younger brother,” the student said. “I chose La Trobe because there are many students here from many different cultures.”

La Trobe will also provide additional help to domestic students who are on humanitarian visas.  Those commencing study in 2017 will receive $500 bursaries and support from the Equity and Diversity Centre.

Information on how to apply can be found here.