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Joan Ritchie Award

This annual award is for a mature age student in her second year of full-time study of her first degree, having completed the first full year of study at a satisfactory academic level, and who is experiencing personal disadvantage (and can provide evidence). The award is provided from a bequest by the late Ms Joan Ritchie.

Value:  $1500


  • Female
  • Must be 25 years or over at the time of applying
  • Must have completed 1st year, with a satisfactory academic record, and be in the second year of a full-time course of her first degree at any university in NSW or ACT
  • Experiencing personal disadvantage:
    This may include –
    Financial difficulty or low income
    English as a second language
    Migrant or refugee status
    Disability or medical condition
    Family/caring responsibilities
    Geographical isolation/significant distance from campus
    Career/ Study disruption
  • Must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency in Australia.

 Closing date: 17th MAY 2024 No applications will be considered after this date.


Documents required:

  • Scanned copy (pdf) of proof of enrolment in year of application
  • Scanned copy (pdf) of original of all university results including those for subjects completed in your present course
  • Personal impact statement to explain the nature of your disadvantage and its effect on your study and what benefit the award would provide to you. You may paste in a Word document of no more than 300 words of 11 point Arial font and line spacing 1.5
  • PLEASE NOTE: A scanned copy (pdf) or image of proof of citizenship or permanent resident status e.g. extract of birth entry, passport, visa, certificate of citizenship will need to be supplied by short listed candidates upon request.

*You are responsible for ensuring your application is complete.

APPLICATION FORM: Joan Ritchie Award Application Form