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2018 - Harry Perkins Memorial Scholarship - Closed

2018 - Harry Perkins Memorial Scholarship is now closed.

Status: Closed
Applications open: CLOSED
Applications close: CLOSED

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The Harry Perkins Memorial Scholarship has been developed by Curtin University to support students who are required to relocate from a regional or remote area to commence an undergraduate degree at Curtin University in 2018 who are from a low socio-economic background and are experiencing financial hardship.

The Scholarship recognises Harry Perkins, the Chancellor of Curtin University from 1996-2002. During that period, he played a key role in forging international and local business and government partnerships, including negotiations with the Sarawak Government to set up Curtin's first offshore campus in Miri, East Malaysia. Harry Perkins’ 45-year career commenced in his birthplace of Bruce Rock in Western Australia as a farmer, and expanded to the boardroom of WA's largest company, Wesfarmers, where he was chairman for 16 years. Harry also held many other key positions including, board positions with the Country Medical Foundation, Sir Charles Gardner Hospital and the WA Institute for Medical Research ( now known as Harry Perkins institute of medical research). He was appointed an Officer of Order of Australia for his service to primary industry, tertiary education and the community in 2001 and Curtin’s Council agreed to confer upon him the degree of Honorary Doctor of Technology in October 2002.

Student type
  • Future Students
  • Humanities
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Curtin Business School
  • Health Sciences
  • Science & Engineering
Course type
  • Undergraduate
Specifically for
  • Students from regional or remote areas

Non-gender specific

  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • Australian Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • New Zealand Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Need Based

The Harry Perkins Memorial Scholarship will provide the following support for the expected duration of the recipient's undergraduate degree (based on a full-time study load of 100 credits per semester):

A total value of up to:

  • $12,000 for a 3 year degree
  • $14,000 for a 3.5 year degree
  • $16,000 for a 4 year degree
  • $20,000 for a 5 year degree
  • $22,000 for a 5.5 year degree

Paid as a cash stipend of $2,000 per semester.  The amount can be used at the recipient's discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses.

Payments will be made approximately early-March and early-August each year.

Eligible courses

All undergraduate degrees

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a Harry Perkins Memorial Scholarship:

  • Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian or New Zealand citizen
  • Selected Curtin University as a first or second preference through TISC to undertake an undergraduate degree in 2018
  • Relocating from a regional and/or remote area to commence study
  • Financial hardship and low socio-economic status

This scholarship is deferrable for up to one year.

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Maintain enrolment each semester at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 50 each semester
  • Fail no more than one enrolled unit each semester

Scholarship continuity is subject to meeting satisfactory academic progress as outlined 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 Scholarships Office.

Changes to enrolment

If a recipient intends to do 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 of course
  • Leave of absence; Students must complete at least one semester of study before applying for a leave of absence from their scholarship. If approved, the maximum period of leave is 12 months. Please note that leave of absence is separate from deferral.

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: Download

  • Application form and guide available to download from right hand side of this page when scholarship is open for application

Step 2: Complete

  • Important information such as formatting and documentation requirements are detailed in the application guide

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date listed at top of page and on application form
  • Late or incomplete applications will be assessed as unsuccessful

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to email listed through TISC within 10 working days of receiving application

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Relocation from rural and/or remote area
    • Demonstrated financial hardship and low socio-economic status
    • Receipt of an offer of a place into an undergraduate degree at Curtin University in 2018

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcome sent via email listed through TISC in mid-January (all successful and unsuccessful applicants notified)

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants (including those who wish to defer their studies) must return acceptance documents by early-February 2018
  • Deferral of this scholarship is  permitted (details included in scholarship terms and conditions)

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient need
  • Scholarship will commence from first semester of study
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another university

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:

In Person:
Curtin University
Scholarships Office
Building 101, level 1
Kent Street

Curtin University
Scholarships Office
Building 101, level 1
GPO Box U1987

08 9266 3279
Please attach a front cover page containing
1. Student name
2. Curriculum Council/TISC number
3. Number of pages faxed

Please note:
All applications must be signed.

Need more information?


Scholarships Office


T: (08) 9266 2992

Frequently Asked questions:

Further information

For more information about what scholarships you can apply for please visit our application profiles.

For advice on how to complete your application, please download the Application Guide.

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for, and if successful, will be awarded the highest value scholarship. If students are successful in receiving an offer for more than one scholarship valued the same, they will have 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 candidate 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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