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ACPE Scholarships

Learn more about ACPE’s range of scholarship programs as well as scholarship applications requirements such as eligibility, selection criteria, and what documents must be provided

ACPE is very proud to award scholarships to commencing students to acknowledge achievement and recognise those who are willing to go above and beyond, who will ultimately succeed and become active contributors within our community. ACPE is committed to providing an equitable program that promotes success and inclusivity across a range of population groups.

Before you begin

To help make your application process easier, please ensure you have downloaded and asked each of your referees to complete the following:

Who can be my referees?

  • School Principal/sports teacher/dance teacher
  • Sports/dance or fitness coach
  • Sports club/community group member
  • Institute/Academy of sport representative
  • Current or previous employer
  • Community leader

ACPE's scholarship programs

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The Evelyn Tildesley – High Academic Achiever Scholarship

Outline

The High Academic Achiever Scholarship for new students was established to recognise outstanding academic achievement on entry into ACPE. Eligibility for this scholarship is assessed on academic merit and based on an average score achieved in the HSC examinations. This highly competitive scholarship is non-deferrable and only available to students completing their HSC.

Eligibility

  • Must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident (including Humanitarian Visa holder)
  • Must be commencing full-time undergraduate study in any ACPE undergraduate course in 2024
  • Must be completing HSC or interstate equivalent in 2023
  • Non-deferrable
    .

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Academic merit
  • Their written personal statement (details of what to include is outlined  in the Evidence Required section below)
    .

Evidence Required

  • A well written Personal Statement of purpose where you express your academic goals, field of interest, and how this scholarship is going to contribute to your academic and career aspirations. This response should highlight your passion, motivation, and impact you will have both as an ACPE student and in your area of study (dance, education, coaching, sport, fitness). This should include an introduction about you and a paragraph (of no more than 100 words per paragraph) on each of the following:
    • Explain what you hope to achieve by studying this degree
    • Describe how your passion in this area is going to drive your continued academic success
    • Show evidence of your previous involvement in projects, academic competitions or independent study accomplishments (to enhance your application)
    • How will you contribute to ACPE and its community as a scholarship student
  • Two completed ACPE reference checks 
  • Two letters of support from referees
    .

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The Frank Stuart Young Leader Scholarship

The Frank Stuart – Young Leader Scholarship

Outline

The Young Leader Scholarship for new students aims to recognise the “all-rounder” who demonstrates outstanding achievement academically, strong leadership qualities and is a natural collaborator with a desire to bring positive change to our community.

Eligibility

  • Must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident (including Humanitarian Visa holder)
  • Must be commencing full-time undergraduate study in any ACPE undergraduate course in 2024
  • Must be completing HSC or interstate equivalent in 2023
  • Non-deferrable
    .

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Academic merit
  • Leadership skills (school, workplace or community) and community contribution
  • Ability to contribute to college life
  • Their written personal statement (details of what to include is outlined  in the Evidence Required section below)
    .

Evidence Required

  • A well written Personal Statement of purpose where you express your academic goals, field of interest, and how this scholarship is going to contribute to your academic and career aspirations. This response should highlight your passion, motivation, and impact you will have both as an ACPE student and in your area of study (dance, education, coaching, sport, fitness). This should include an introduction about you and a paragraph (of no more than 100 words per paragraph) on each of the following:
    • Explain what you hope to achieve by studying this degree
    • Describe your specific leadership skills and attributes you’ve developed over the years (e.g. communication, decision-making, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, inspire and motivating others). Give an example of how you’ve used these skills effectively.
    • Demonstrate how your leadership role/s have made a positive impact on your community, school, or team/group. Give examples of any initiatives or projects you’ve been a part of and what outcomes you have achieved.
    • How will you contribute to ACPE and its community as a scholarship student.
  • Two completed ACPE reference checks 
  • Two letters of support from referees
  • Any certificates received for leadership, or proof of any leadership positions held (e.g., school captain etc.)
  • Evidence of sporting/dance performance, achievements, and/or community contribution
    .

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The Ruth Hackney Disabilities in Sport and Dance Scholarship

The Ruth Hackney – Disabilities in Sport and Dance Scholarship

Outline

The Disabilities in Sport and Dance Scholarship is intended for new students who have a disability and are currently participating in sport or dance or advocating for inclusion. ACPE is committed to providing equal and supportive opportunities for all differently abled individuals.

Eligibility

  • Must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident (including Humanitarian Visa holder)
  • Must be commencing full-time undergraduate study in any ACPE undergraduate course in 2024
  • Must have completed the Higher School Certificate / Interstate Australian Year 12, or other academic qualifications.
  • Student with a disability
  • Non-deferrable
    ..

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Academic merit
  • Your advocacy in sport or dance community as a person with a disability
  • Performance or participation in sport or dance with a disability
  • Your written personal statement
  • (details of what to include is outlined  in the Evidence Required section below)
    .

Evidence Required

  • A well written Personal Statement of purpose where you express your academic goals, field of interest, and how this scholarship is going to contribute to your academic and career aspirations. This response should highlight your passion, motivation, and impact you will have both as an ACPE student and in your area of study (dance, education, coaching, sport, fitness). This should include an introduction about you and a paragraph (of no more than 100 words per paragraph) on each of the following:
    • Explain what you hope to achieve by studying this degree
    • Describe your specific leadership skills and attributes you’ve developed over the years (e.g. communication, decision-making, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, inspire and motivating others). Give an example of how you’ve used these skills effectively.
    • Demonstrate how your involvement in sport or dance with a disability has made a positive impact on your community, school, team. Give examples of any initiatives or projects you’ve been a part
    • Show evidence of your own performance or participation in sport or dance – can be participation as a para-athlete or differently abled individual, or your advocacy in the sport or dance community
    • How will you contribute to ACPE and its community as a scholarship student.
  • Two completed ACPE reference checks 
  • Two letters of support from referees
  • Evidence of disability as outlined by The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA)
    .

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Scholarship

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Scholarship

Outline

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship is intended to support new students who have an Aboriginal or Torres Strait background to achieve their academic, personal and sporting and/or dance goals. This scholarship is aimed at supporting individuals who are already active in their community, or who have a drive to become advocates.

Eligibility

  • Must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident (including Humanitarian Visa holder)
  • Must be commencing full-time undergraduate study in any ACPE undergraduate course in 2024
  • Must have completed the Higher School Certificate / Interstate Australian Year 12, or other academic qualifications.
  • Be an Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander only)
  • Non-deferrable

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Academic merit
  • Leadership skills (school, workplace or community) and community contribution
  • Your advocacy in sport or dance community as an Indigenous person
  • Performance or participation in sport or dance as an Indigenous
  • Your written personal statement (details of what to include is outlined  in the Evidence Required section below)
    ….

Evidence Required

  • A well written Personal Statement of purpose where you express your academic goals, field of interest, and how this scholarship is going to contribute to your academic and career aspirations. This response should highlight your passion, motivation, and impact you will have both as an ACPE student and in your area of study (dance, education, coaching, sport, fitness). This should include an introduction about you and a paragraph (of no more than 100 words per paragraph) on each of the following:
    • Explain what you hope to achieve by studying this degree
    • Describe your specific leadership skills and attributes you’ve developed over the years (e.g. communication, decision-making, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, inspire and motivating others). Give an example of how you’ve used these skills effectively.
    • Demonstrate how your involvement in sport or dance with a disability has made a positive impact on your community, school, team. Give examples of any initiatives or projects you’ve been a part
    • Show evidence of your own performance or participation in sport or dance – can be participation as a para-athlete or differently abled individual, or your advocacy in the sport or dance community
    • How will you contribute to ACPE and its community as a scholarship student.
  • Two completed ACPE reference checks 
  • Two letters of support from referees
    ..

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Alumni Community Scholarship

Alumni Community Scholarship

Outline

The Alumni Community Scholarship was established to encourage the family, friends and colleagues of ACPE alumni to undertake a Bachelor’s degree at ACPE. Our alumni community play an important role at ACPE and through this scholarship can now contribute towards the next generation.

Eligibility

  • Must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident (including Humanitarian Visa holder)
  • Must be commencing full-time undergraduate study in any ACPE undergraduate course in 2024
  • Must be a family member, friend or colleague of an ACPE alumnas
  • Must have completed the Higher School Certificate / Interstate Australian Year 12, or other academic qualifications.
  • Non-deferrable

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Academic merit
  • Leadership skills (school, workplace or community) and community contribution
  • Your written personal statement (details of what to include below)
    .

Evidence Required

  • A well written Personal Statement of purpose where you express your academic goals, field of interest, and how this scholarship is going to contribute to your academic and career aspirations. This response should highlight your passion, motivation, and impact you will have both as an ACPE student and in your area of study (dance, education, coaching, sport, fitness). This should include an introduction about you and a paragraph (of no more than 100 words per paragraph) on each of the following:
    • Explain what you hope to achieve by studying this degree
    • Describe any personal skills and attributes you’ve developed over the years (e.g. communication, decision-making, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, inspire and motivating others), and give examples of how you’ve used these effectively.
    • Give examples of any initiatives or projects you’ve been a part of and what outcomes you have achieved
    • How will you contribute to ACPE and its community as a scholarship student.
  • Two completed ACPE reference checks 
  • Two letters of support from referees
  • Alumni referral letter
    .

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The Emerging Elite Athlete Performer Coach Scholarship

The Emerging Elite Athlete, Performer, Coach Scholarship

Outline

The Emerging Elite Athlete, Performer, Coach Scholarship is intended for new students who have demonstrated a high level of commitment and achievement in dance or sport as an emerging athlete, performer, or coach, and would benefit from financial support. ACPE understands the level of commitment, discipline and dedication required to excel at a high level in sport or dance and understand that this level of commitment to a sport places different demands on students to ensure that they are able to maintain good academic standing.

Eligibility

  • Must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident (including Humanitarian Visa holder)
  • Must be commencing full-time undergraduate study in any ACPE undergraduate course in 2024
  • An active member of a team (athlete or coach), dance company or an official participating at a representative level sport or dance.
  • Must have completed the Higher School Certificate / Interstate Australian Year 12, or other academic qualifications.
  • Non-deferrable

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Proven outstanding sporting, coaching, officiating or performance achievement
  • Your written personal statement (details of what to include below)
    ….

Evidence Required

  • A well written Personal Statement of purpose where you express your academic goals, field of interest, and how this scholarship is going to contribute to your academic and career aspirations. This response should highlight your passion, motivation, and impact you will have both as an ACPE student and in your area of study (dance, education, coaching, sport, fitness). This should include an introduction about you and a paragraph (of no more than 100 words per paragraph) on each of the following:
    • Explain what you hope to achieve by studying this degree
    • Describe how your involvement at a high level in sport, coaching, dance or officiating has contributed to the development of your personal attributes.
    • How will you contribute to ACPE and its community as a scholarship student.
  • Two completed ACPE reference checks 
  • Two letters of support from referees
  • Evidence of high level performance and achievements. E.g. Coaching certifications, letter from coach/player development manager etc.
    .

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The ACPE Sports High School Scholarship

The ACPE Sports High School Scholarship

Outline

The ACPE Sports High School Scholarship was established to provide a clear pathway to higher education for year 12 students from the following sports high schools:

  • Endeavour Sports High School
  • The Hills Sports High School
  • Hunter Sports High School
  • Illawarra Sports High School
  • Mattraville Sports High School
  • Narrabeen Sports High School
  • Westfields Sports High School

Eligibility

  • Must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident (including Humanitarian Visa holder)
  • Must be commencing full-time undergraduate study in any ACPE undergraduate course in 2024
  • Must be enrolled in one of the Sports High Schools mentioned above
  • Must be completing HSC in 2023 or other acceptable qualifications such as Big Picture Learning Australia
  • Non-deferrable

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Academic merit
  • Sporting (incl. coaches and officials) or dance achievements
  • Ability to contribute to college life
  • Your written personal statement (details of what to include below)
    ….

Evidence Required

  • A well written Personal Statement of purpose where you express your academic goals, field of interest, and how this scholarship is going to contribute to your academic and career aspirations. This response should highlight your passion, motivation, and impact you will have both as an ACPE student and in your area of study (dance, education, coaching, sport, fitness). This should include an introduction about you and a paragraph (of no more than 100 words per paragraph) on each of the following:
    • Explain what you hope to achieve by studying this degree
    • Describe how your involvement in sport, coaching, dance or officiating has contributed to the development of your personal attributes.
    • How will you contribute to ACPE and its community as a scholarship student.
  • Two completed ACPE reference checks 
  • Two letters of support from referees
    ..

Apply for this scholarship now

Gilchrist Foundation Scholarship

Gilchrist Foundation Scholarship

Outline

The Gilchrist Foundation’s mission is to assist eligible students in furthering their education and/or sporting ability through financial assistance and active mentoring. ACPE and the Gilchrist Foundation have two fee-relief scholarship/s for Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander students who meet the course entry requirements to study at ACPE.

Eligibility

  • Must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident (including Humanitarian Visa holder)
  • Must be commencing full-time undergraduate study in any ACPE undergraduate course in 2024
  • Must be an Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander only)
  • Must have completed the Higher School Certificate / Interstate Australian Year 12, or other academic qualifications.
  • Non-deferrable

Note: Students nominated must be considered disadvantage according to one of the following criteria:

  • Geographical isolation
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander
  • Ethnicity
  • Financial hardship
  • Family trauma
  • Domestic violence
  • Medical issues
  • Single parenthood
  • Physical Disability
  • Intellectual disability
    .

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Academic merit
  • Your written personal statement (details of what to include below)
    .

Evidence Required

  • A well written Personal Statement of purpose, where you express your academic goals, field of interest, and how this scholarship is going to contribute to your academic and career aspirations. This response should highlight your passion, motivation, and impact you will have both as an ACPE student and in your area of study (dance, education, coaching, sport, fitness). This should include an introduction about you and a paragraph (of no more than 100 words per paragraph) on each of the following:
    • Explain what you hope to achieve by studying this degree
    • Describe your knowledge of your Indigenous community and background and your participation within your Indigenous community.
    • Show evidence of leadership roles and/or responsibilities you’ve undertaken within your Indigenous Community, or how you will use this degree to promote your community.
    • How will you contribute to ACPE and its community as a scholarship student.
  • Two completed ACPE reference checks 
  • Two letters of support from referees
    .

N.B: Students for this scholarship will be selected by the Gilchrist Foundation
.

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ACPE Scholarship Guide

Learn more about what it means to be an ACPE Scholarship student including:

  • Selecting and applying for one or more ACPE scholarships that are applicable to you
  • Evidence required for each scholarship
  • How to apply
  • Your commitment to ACPE
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

ACPE Scholarship Application

Thank you for expressing interest in an ACPE scholarship. For scholarship consideration, you must have submitted an application to study at ACPE prior to your scholarship application. If you have not yet, please complete an application here.

In this application, you may apply for the Scholarship(s) that best aligns with your aspirations and circumstances. You may apply for more than one scholarship and a separate application is required for each one.

Submit the following documentation in your scholarship application:

  1. Personal Statement (refer to the Evidence Required section for details of what to include)
  2. Contacts of two referees and a referral letter from each
  3. Any additional supporting Documentation required for the Scholarship that you are applying for e.g. Alumni referral letter, evidence of sporting achievements, etc.
    .

ACPE scholarship applications open 5:00 pm Monday 10 July, and close 5:00 pm Friday 17 November 2023.

Please note

Unanswered application questions or claims without supporting documentation will not be assessed. Late applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted.

ACPE reserves the right to not award a scholarship, where there is no applicant or sufficient merit.

When uploading documents please provide either Word or PDF files.