Commonwealth Indigenous Support Scholarship

Commonwealth Indigenous Support Scholarship

Achieving Potential Scholarship for Distinction

A scholarship provided by the Australian Government to assist Indigenous students with the costs of studying at university.


18 Jan – 12 Feb 2021

Total scholarship value

Up to $30,000

Number offered


Ashley Paxton

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business

Ashley Paxton: It eases the financial burden

As a scholarship recipient, I have peace of mind knowing that I won’t finish my degree under a mountain of debt.

Am I eligible?

You must be one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Commencing or continuing student, enrolled in, or intending to enrol full-time in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree at a Monash campus in Australia.
  • Have a low income
  • To be eligible you must provide a Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage certificate or a certified Statutory Declaration form to the William Cooper Institute. This can be emailed to If you have any queries please contact the William Cooper Institute on 9902 4972.


  • $6000 per annum (48 credit points of study) until the minimum points for your degree are completed.

Number offered


Selection criteria

  • Awarded based on need.
  • Consideration is given if, in addition to low income, the student experience's one or more of the following educational disadvantage groups:
    • From a regional or remote area
    • Have a disability or medical condition
    • Have experienced difficult circumstances
    • From an underrepresented school

To retain this scholarship:

  • Maintain a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 50 each semester.
  • You must maintain full-time enrolment.

How to apply

Every scholarship may have a different application process – or none at all. Read the application details carefully and submit your application by the deadline. For more details, visit our scholarships application page.