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WA School of Mines Graduates Association (WASMGA) Scholarship & Bursary Fund INC 2017 - Closed

WA School of Mines Graduates Association (WASMGA) Scholarship & Bursary Fund INC 2017 is now closed.

Status: Closed
Applications open: CLOSED
Applications close: CLOSED

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The WA School of Mines Graduates Association Scholarship & Bursary Fund INC has been developed by WA School of Mines Graduates Association Scholarship & Bursary Fund INC in conjunction with Curtin University to assist and encourage students at Curtin who have demonstrated a passion for the mining industry, represent the values and will enhance the reputation of WA School of Mines.

There are four different scholarship types which will be awarded to students who meet the appropriate conditions based on:

  1. Industry alignment
  2. Academic excellence
  3. Leadership
  4. Regional status
Student type
  • Current Students
  • WASM
Course type
  • Undergraduate

Non-gender specific

  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Australian Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based

The WA School of Mines Graduates Association Scholarship & Bursary Fund INC will provide the following support for the normal remaining duration of the undergraduate degree for up to a maximum of 3 years (based on a full-time study load of 100 credits per semester):

  • $10,000 per annum paid as a cash stipend of $5,000 per semester for the remaining duration of the undergraduate degree (potential value up to $30,000). The amount can be used at the recipient’s discretion to contribute towards payment of their course fees, or other education-related expenses such as text books and/or general living expenses.
  • Career development through the opportunity for work experience
  • Personnel development through the assignment of a dedicated industry mentor

The scholarship is available for three years maximum. Any study that is taken over and above the normal expected duration will be at the student’s expense.

Eligible courses

All undergraduate degrees offered by the WA School of Mines

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for a WA School of Mines Graduates Association Scholarship & Bursary Fund INC:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident
  • Be enrolled full-time (100 credits per semester)
  • Be enrolled in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of an eligible WA School of Mines degree
  • Be undertaking their remaining studies at WA School of Mines (either Bentley or Kalgoorlie campus) at Curtin University
  • Have a minimum course weighted average (CWA) of 60
  • Be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported place at Curtin University
  • Not to be in receipt of any other industry sponsored scholarship


Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

Unless there are exceptional circumstances such as but not limited to medical or family reasons students must meet all of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in an eligible degree taught at WA School of Mines
  • Maintain a full-time study load of 100 credits per semester
  • Maintain a satisfactory standard of academic progress. Students must maintain a CWA of at least 60.
  • Pass all units attempted each semester
  • Must not apply for or receive any other industry-sponsored scholarship whilst receiving the WA School of Mines Graduates Association & Bursary Fund INC Scholarships.

Scholarship continuity is subject to meeting satisfactory academic progress as detailed above. Progress will be assessed at the end of each study period. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a recipient with unsatisfactory progress or who breaches the scholarship conditions shall be ineligible to retain the scholarship. Exceptional circumstances must be forwarded to and shall be at the discretion of the Manager, Scholarships Office in consultation with WA School of Mines Graduates Association.

Changes to enrolment

If a recipient intends to do any of the following they must also apply in writing to the Scholarships Office ( for approval BEFORE the change. The Scholarships Office will advise how the change will affect their scholarship.

  • Change from full time enrolment
  • Change of course

Leave of Absence is not permitted.

Withdrawal or Terminated from units or course: A recipient who withdraws from their units or course of study, or has been terminated from studies will become ineligible for continuation of the scholarship, will not receive any further payments and will be required to repay to Curtin University the stipend awarded for that study period if applicable.

How to apply

Application process

Step 1: Apply

  • Application form can be accessed via ‘My Studies’ tab in OASIS or via the ‘Apply Online’ button on the top right-hand side of this page

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process
  • Multiple scholarships can be applied for at one time
  • Tips on how to complete your application can be found under the ‘Application Advice’ tab on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date listed at top of page and within scholarships channel on OASIS
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to student email once application has been submitted

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Academic merit
    • Interview performance (for shortlisted applicants)
    • References

Step 6: Shortlist for Interview

  • Shortlisted applicants sent interview date and time via student email within 4-6 weeks of scholarship closing date
  • Shortlisted applicants must be available for designated interview time
  • Unsuccessful applicants sent notification via Official Communications Channel

Step 7: Outcome

  • Successful and unsuccessful interview applicants notified of outcome via Official Communications Channel within approx. 2 weeks of interview

Step 8: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must return acceptance documents by deadline listed in Official Communication
  • Please note:
  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient merit
  • Scholarship will commence from first semester of study
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another major, course or university

Need more information?


Scholarships Office


T: (08) 9266 2992

Frequently Asked questions:

Please contact WA School of Mines Graduates Alumni Chief Operating Officer Ann Meyer at for further information.

Further information

What scholarships can I apply for? 

How do I complete my application? Please refer to the application guidelines

How do I prepare for an interview?

Holding more than one industry scholarship:

Students that do not currently hold an industry funded scholarship may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible to apply for however, students cannot hold more than one conflicting industry funded scholarship.

If students are successful for more than one industry funded scholarship in the same award period, they will be given the opportunity to select their preferred scholarship.

For further information about holding more than one scholarship contact


For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see  or contact a Centrelink Office.  If you require a letter about your scholarship for Centrelink, please contact the Scholarships Office. 


Generally scholarship money paid to full-time students is not treated as taxable income, however if your study load is less than 75 credits (part-time) your scholarship money is not tax exempt. Other than the full-time study requirement, the general rule is that scholarships are exempt from taxation unless:

  • It is a condition of the scholarship that a recipient is required to undertake activities that are of use, help or benefit to the scholarship provider - then the student is rendering a service by agreeing to undertake those activities;
  • An award is received by a student where the scholarship is not provided principally for educational purposes.
  • During or upon completion of the degree for which the scholarship is awarded a recipient is required to become, or shall continue to be, an employee of the funding body; or

The Australian Tax Office has a tool to help you determine if your scholarship is taxable.  For expert advice please contact the Australian Taxation Office or your accountant when completing your annual Tax Return.  If a letter regarding your scholarship is required for taxation purposes, please contact the Scholarships Office.

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