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Scholarship details

2020 - Moordtij Yorga Scholarship

Status: Closed

Applications open: 18/07/2019
Applications close: 15/11/2019

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About this scholarship

The Moordtij Yorga Scholarship will support female Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students that demonstrate strong leadership potential. The scholarship will be available to either future students transitioning from one of Curtin's Centre of Aboriginal Studies Enabling Courses into a Curtin undergraduate degree program.

  • Future Students
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)
  • Undergraduate
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Students
  • Australian Citizen
  • Merit Based

The Moordtij Yorga Scholarship will provide the following support for up to a maximum of three years (based on a full-time study load of 200 credits per year):

  • A total value of up to $30,000 paid as a cash stipend of $5,000 per semester. (Part-time enrolment will reduce payment amount). The amount can be used at the recipient's discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses or general living expenses.

Payments will be made post census date each semester approximately mid-April and mid-September each year, depending on receipt of payment from the donor.

Scholarship Details

All undergraduate degrees at Curtin University

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be considered for a Moordtij Yorga Scholarship:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Identify as female
  • Will be commencing 1st year of an undergraduate degree at Curtin University in 2020
  • Will be enrolled either full-time (a minimum 75 credits per semester) or part-time (a minimum 50 credits per semester)
  • Have a minimum ATAR of 70
  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills or potential


  • Preference will be given to students from remote/regional communities and/or mature age students.
  • Students transitioning from one of Curtin's Centre of Aboriginal Studies Enabling Courses into an undergraduate degree program at Curtin University in 2020 are eligible to apply.

Application process

Step 1: Access online application form

  • Applications are to be submitted using the online application form. Access the form by clicking on 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 Applying for scholarships link on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date is listed at the top of the page
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to the email address provided when you created your Curtin account, once your 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
    • Demonstrated academic potential

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcome will be sent via the email address listed through TISC on 23 December 2019 or your Curtin student email (applicants who have applied via direct entry) (all successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified)

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must return acceptance documents by 31 January 2020
  • Deferral of this scholarship is not permitted

Please note:

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

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in initial course of study
  • Maintain an enrolment of at least 50 credits each study period at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 60 each study period
  • Pass all units attempted each study period

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 in consultation with the University Advancement.

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 of course
  • Leave of absence (If approved the maximum period of leave is 12 months)

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.

Cancellation of Scholarship: Notwithstanding any provision above, Curtin reserves the rights, at its sole discretion, to cancel the award of, or continuity of, the scholarship where the funder ceases to fund the scholarship.


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Further Information

Tips on how to complete your application can be found under the Applying for scholarships link on the scholarships website.

Holding more than one industry scholarship

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for, and if successful, will be awarded the highest value scholarship. Students cannot hold more than one industry funded scholarship. If students are successful in receiving an offer for more than one scholarship valued the same, or they are successful for more than one industry funded scholarship, they will have the opportunity to select their preferred scholarship. 

For further information about holding more than one scholarship contact the Scholarships Office.

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For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see Department of Human Services 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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