Rural Women for STEM

Federation University Australia

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Youth - 15 to under 25
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

Federation University Australia is Australia’s leading regional university. We support more first-in-family and social equity students than any other university and we create graduates who are job ready, with the skills that employers need to enhance their communities.

Rural Women for STEM is a scholarship program aimed at providing financial assistance for girls/women to encourage them undertake studies in STEM subjects as part of their Higher Education. Scholarships will be offered to students at each of the university’s campuses in Ballarat, Berwick, Gippsland and the Wimmera (Horsham) in Victoria.

Expected Outcomes

The purpose of the scholarships is to assist financially disadvantages students living in a regional, remote or rural area. Our focus for student support through scholarships includes – but is not limited to – the following areas:
· Victims of domestic violence
· Homeless students
· Refugee students
· Asylum seekers
· Placement costs, particularly for nursing and physiotherapy students
· Care-leavers for students who have been in out-of-home care
· Travel/relocation funding – a number of students travel two to three hours as a return trip to university
· Encouraging higher participation rates by Indigenous students.

Project Data & Lessons

Our scholarships are centrally processed through our Scholarships and Grants system. They are promoted throughout the university's campuses with a specific application deadline date. Applicants need to provide details of financial disadvantage, respond to so questions about their specific needs, and outline how the scholarship will be of benefit to their particular personal circumstances. All applications are reviewed by the Federation University Australia Foundation Scholarships Selection Panel. Students are tracked to determine their eligibility and enrolment status, ensuring funding is provided to those in need. Details of how the funding was allocated is made available, and we follow student results from feedback they provide on the difference the scholarship has made to their circumstances. We also regularly monitor statistics in relation to student retention.

Project Dates

Project Commences: January 1, 2023
Project Completes: December 31, 2023

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Other Funding Sources
In-kind support through the Federation University Australia Foundation
Other Support Opportunities
Impact investment, In-kind contributions, Other

Organisation Details

Federation University Australia
ABN: 51 818 692 256


Ms Pam Sutcliffe
Phone: 03-5327 9929

About Federation University Australia

Federation is Victoria’s premier regional university. It began as the Ballarat School of Mines in the gold rush era and has expanded to become Federation University Australia in 2014. It is Victoria’s only dual-sector provider with a mix of university and TAFE campuses in Ballarat, Berwick, Gippsland and the Wimmera, as well as growing innovation campus in Brisbane City. It has a 40,000-hectare environmental research station in western New South Wales and a second 1,400-hectare environmental research station in Victoria’s south-west. The university has one of the largest technology parks of any Australian university, with established operations in Ballarat and Gippsland, as well as a new jobs and technology precinct at Ararat that is part of its plans to expand its presence in western Victoria. With campuses, research stations, technology parks and precincts spanning Australia’s eastern states, it has the experience of age and the youthful drive to innovate and make a difference.
The vision of the Federation University Australia Foundation is to make a difference for students by enhancing their chances of succeeding at university, and encouraging them as recipients of our gift-giving program, to make a contribution to society once they graduate. The Foundation makes a difference to students by meeting their needs as they arise or by awarding scholarships.

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