How to apply

We look for applicants who have gained valuable skills, knowledge and experience through volunteering or making a positive contribution to their community.

We consider all types of community engagement, for example:

  • volunteering with organisations or community groups
  • involvement with local sports groups
  • tutoring at homework clubs
  • participation at other volunteer community groups
  • leadership in community, sports or similar groups
  • contributions to one’s family beyond that which is reasonably expected.

Application criteria

The Aspire Program admission criteria consider details of your community engagement and/or volunteerism.

You are required to provide information about the length and frequency of your community service and/or volunteering experience, as well as a 400-word description of your involvement and impact.

Your application should respond to the following admission criteria:

  • Indicate the length of time involved in community engagement and/or volunteering.
  • Indicate the frequency of involvement in community engagement and/or volunteering.
  • A 200-word description of your involvement in community service and/or volunteerism.
    • Describe how you have been involved in community service/volunteerism.
  • A 200-word description of the impact of your community service and/or volunteerism.
    • Describe the impact of your community service and/or volunteerism in the community, including (but not limited to) individuals and groups.
    • Describe how your community service and/or volunteerism has impacted your personal development including your own learning and skill development.
  • The written section of the application should be no more than 400 words.

This sample Aspire application [DOC 12.5KB] provides insight into what constitutes a good application.

Please note: La Trobe University takes plagiarism seriously. Plagiarism occurs when someone uses words or ideas attributable to another identifiable person or source:

  • without attributing the work to the source from which it was obtained
  • in a situation in which there is a legitimate expectation of original authorship
  • in order to obtain some benefit, credit, or gain which need not be monetary (Fishman, T. International Centre for Academic Integrity).

Please ensure that your statements are of your own composition. Statements that appear in the work of another identifiable person or source may be exempt from consideration for entry via the Aspire Program

Read more about academic integrity.