What you need to know about Co-op Scholarships

Co-op Scholarships

Successfully applying for a co-op scholarship could do much more for you than simply covering your costs.


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Scholarships are generally sums of money donated to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements specific to that scholarship. There are thousands available in Australia.

They could really make a difference to your tertiary education experience by removing financial pressure and other barriers that could otherwise prevent you from achieving your goals. Or they could help you start your working life with less debt than you’d otherwise have.

How great is that?

Co-op Scholarships go the extra mile. Not only do they provide some financial benefit (or in some cases a lot), they could also provide you with amazing extras such as:

  • Mentoring
  • Leadership and development programs
  • Work experience
  • Paid internships
  • Tuition fees paid
  • Guaranteed accommodation
  • Access to workshops and special events
  • Networking


Who can apply for a Co-op Scholarship?


Each scholarship is unique to the institution or provider, so you’ll have to check that you’ll meet the eligibility requirements before you spend time applying.

Co-op scholarships are generally open to high achievers. If you think that doesn’t sound like you, it’s still worth checking – merit isn’t just given for amazing academic results, although it is often a pre-requisite.

Some scholarships will accept applications from people who’ve been recommended by their school for their outstanding contributions. Others want to reward individuals who’ve worked hard and made a difference with community involvement, or perhaps have shown great potential with their leadership abilities.


Competitive but worth the rewards


These esteemed scholarships are highly sought after, so the applications can be highly competitive – but they are definitely worth your time applying.

Many of these programs have a 100% success rate for employment upon graduation.

You might receive an income while you’re still studying at uni, as some internships are salaried.

If you don’t leave university with a job already lined up, the fact that you received a Co-op Scholarship will look fantastic on your resume, could appeal to potential employers, and may have provided you with relevant work experience and useful industry contacts.

In other words, you’ll definitely be ahead of the pack.


There are benefits to just applying for a co-op scholarship


Putting yourself forward for Co-op Scholarships and completing the application will give you invaluable experience in completing intricate applications and doing well at interviews.

Your confidence could receive a little boost knowing that you’re considered eligible, that your application was considered, and that you put yourself outside your comfort zone and survived intact.

In some cases, if your application isn’t successful but the panel were impressed by your application, they could suggest alternative scholarships and programs to apply for.

Even if you don’t exactly meet the eligibility requirements but you’re close, you’ve excelled in some areas and your application really stands out, providers might just bend the rules for an outstanding candidate…it could be you.


So what’s the catch?


If you’re granted one of these highly prized Co-op Scholarships you’ll be expected to take your studies seriously.

You’ll have to make sure you stay on track and achieve your predicted ATAR results (or better).

Once you’ve enrolled at university and started your course, you’ll have to maintain the required GPA in order to keep the scholarship. You might even have to comply with other requirements, e.g.:

  • Help out at orientation week
  • Commit to helping out on campus
  • Active involvement within your chosen department
  • Attending all additional programs and events that you’re entitled to


Get help finding out more about Co-op Scholarship programs


At Study Work Grow we’ve done the research for you and put it all in one easy to read place; our updated guide contains:

  • Institutions and providers who are offering this specific kind of co-op scholarship
  • Scholarship values and inclusions
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Application process
  • Key dates

You can find all of this information and more in our Co-op Scholarships Guide.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Co-op Scholarships


What ATAR do I need to be eligible for a co-op scholarship?


It really depends on the institution. For example, at UNSW you’ll need a predicted ATAR of 96 or above to apply, whereas at Federation Uni if you have a predicted ATAR of 80 you could be eligible.

Some programs don’t even specify an ATAR.


How are co-op scholars selected?


The application process for each scholarship varies, but you’ll often have to:

  • Meet all the eligibility requirement
  • Complete a special application form available from the institutions before the closing date
  • Provide supporting evidence and recommendations
  • Complete a personal statement, answer some questions, or prepare a video or other element of the application
  • Attend and interview to be assessed

You should carefully read all of the application details for the Co-op Scholarship you’re interested in applying for to make sure you know exactly what to do.


Can I defer my Co-op Scholarship?


Some scholarships allow you to defer, but it’s unlikely Co-op Scholarships will because they are so competitive and sought after – you’ll need to check with the individual provider to confirm this though.

If you are successful in receiving a scholarship and then need to defer your enrolment, you might have to complete another application and go through the entire process the following year (if the institution allows for that).

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