Encourage students to apply early. The best time to start the process is when scholarships open in July
Encourage your students to apply for all of the scholarships they are eligible for – students will not be offered more than one scholarship, however applying for all relevant scholarships will increase their opportunities for receiving a scholarship
Encourage students to think about what they’re passionate about and participate in activities outside of the classroom. For merit based scholarships, we look for well-rounded students who are involved in activities and programs that are meaningful to them; This will make their application stand out
Write a good reference. A detailed reference can provide vital information about a student’s motivation, leadership potential and key attributes. A good reference is often vital for a competitive scholarship application
Remind students about scholarship deadlines. The majority of our scholarship recipients have noted that they were encouraged to apply through their high school, so reminders about opening and closing dates are vital to students’ awareness about scholarship opportunities
21 July (Curtin Open Day) – Scholarships for commencing students open
18 September – John Curtin Scholarship Program closes for application
8 November – Principal’s Recommendation Award closes for nomination
15 November – All other scholarships for commencing students close for nomination
End November – John Curtin Scholarship Program outcomes are sent
23 December – Scholarship outcomes are sent
There are a large number of scholarships available for commencing students, and not all are for the best and brightest.
Curtin also provides scholarship support to students who come from families experiencing financial hardship.
There is an advanced search function on the scholarships website which allows you to search for scholarships based on selected criteria.
Curtin University funds this award which allows each West Australian high school principal to nominate two students. Students can be nominated on any of the below criteria:
Academic merit; or
Showing most improvement during their high school studies; or
Potential to achieve at university; or
Adverse personal circumstances; or
This Award is not provided in conjunction with any other scholarship offer from Curtin, so students who are nominated for the Principal’s Recommendation Award and qualify for the Curtin Excellence Scholarship will only receive the Principal’s Recommendation Award. For this reason we allow principals to nominate up to two reserve students.
Many schools wish to congratulate their nominated students during their own awards night – please be mindful that until scholarship offers are released by Curtin, students receive a nomination only, not the award itself.
For a list of frequently asked scholarship questions, please see the website here.
For general enquiries, you can call Curtin Connect 1300 222 888.