Scholarships

Each year, ACAP offers both Undergraduate and Postgraduate scholarships to assist with the successful completion of ACAP courses. All current and prospective domestic students are encouraged to apply.  

Counselling Scholarships

Through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI), Alan Rowe, and Nora Huppert scholarships, the School of Counselling recognises student contributions to their local communities, encourages academic achievement and supports students from diverse backgrounds in their studies.

These scholarships are awarded once per year and cover 50% of the recipients’ ACAP course fees. The scholarship awardee will receive each alternate unit at no cost (i.e. pay for one unit and receive the next for free). Direct payments are not made to scholarship recipients. 

The ATSI Scholarship for the Bachelor of Applied Social Science

ACAP’s ATSI Scholarships aim to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from low socio-economic backgrounds and regional, rural and remote areas, with costs associated with higher education. The ATSI Scholarship is awarded for study in the Bachelor of Applied Social Science degree.

Membership of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and leadership and significant contribution to the ATSI community are the main criteria for this scholarship. The School of Counselling reserves the right to conduct an interview with candidates where additional evidence may be seen as desirable. Continuing students must maintain good academic standing.

The Alan Rowe Scholarship for the Bachelor of Applied Social Science  

Alan Rowe has been a mentor and advisor to Lionel Davis, the College’s Founding Director, for almost thirty years. Alan had a fundamental influence on the shaping of ACAP’s courses through the College’s emphasis on a practical and theoretical approach to education and training. The translation of knowledge and skills of community development into curriculum that is relevant to students wishing to make a real contribution is exemplified in ACAP’s courses.

The Alan Rowe scholarship aims to assist students from low socio-economic backgrounds, who are Australian citizens or holders of permanent humanitarian visas, with costs associated with study in the Bachelor of Applied Social Science degree. The main criteria for this scholarship are demonstrated commitment to and involvement in community development activities.

The Nora Huppert Scholarship for the Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Nora Huppert was associated with ACAP in various capacities from 1989 until her death in 2012, and during her lifetime contributed and participated in the growth and development of her profession at many levels. Nora was a senior staff supervisor with UNIFAM Counselling and Mediation Service for ten years. Prior to that, she worked with the NSW Marriage Guidance Council (now Relationships Australia). Nora was a foundation member of AAMFC (Australian Association of Marriage and Family Counsellors), and a president, office bearer and director of various professional organisations. She presented workshops and papers at National and State conferences, published articles in professional journals, and served on committees.

The Nora Huppert scholarship aims to assist students from low socio-economic backgrounds, who are Australian citizens or holders of permanent humanitarian visas, with costs associated with studying in the Graduate Diploma of Counselling. The main criterion for this scholarship is demonstrated commitment to the field of family counselling or family therapy through volunteer work, research, relevant employment and/or life experience.

Applications for scholarships for the 2014 academic year are closed. Applications for 2015 counselling scholarships close on Monday, 5 January 2015.

Psychology Scholarships

There are up to eight (8) scholarships available for students undertaking the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences. Scholarships will cover fees for all units of study in the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, divided into three equal payments, paid each trimester after the relevant census date. Direct payments are not made to scholarship recipients. The School of Psychological Sciences reserves the right to conduct an interview of candidates in the event of possible tied scores or where additional evidence may be seen as desirable.   

ACAP Academic Excellence Award

The ACAP Academic Excellence Award is based on the rank order of entry scores (school leaver or mature entry). Academic scores, evidence of breadth of academic interests and achievements, community involvement, success in the arts, sporting achievements and other academically relevant areas may be included in the application. Additional information relevant to academic excellence may be considered in the event of a strong competitive field. Continuing students must maintain good academic standing.

Number of scholarships awarded: Up to two (2) per year.

ACAP Regional and Rural Award

Applicants must adhere to the ABS criteria for living in rural, remote or regional Australia. The School of Psychological Sciences reserves the right to conduct an interview of candidates in the event of possible tied scores or where additional evidence may be seen as desirable. Continuing students must maintain good academic standing.

Number of scholarships awarded: Up to two (2) per year, plus one (1) additional scholarship available if applying through UAC.

ACAP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award

Adherence to criteria for categorisation as member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community is the main criteria for this scholarship. The School of Psychological Sciences reserves the right to conduct an interview of candidates in the event of possible tied scores or where additional evidence may be seen as desirable. Continuing students must maintain good academic standing.

Number of scholarships awarded: Up to two (2) per year, plus one (1) additional scholarship available if applying through UAC.

Scholarship Selection Criteria

ACAP Academic Excellence Award

  1. Academic achievement
  2. Applicant’s 500-word statement giving the reasons for wanting to study psychology, and
  3. A one-page statement (maximum) with additional information relevant to the application. This may include evidence of breadth of interests and achievements (e.g. music, sport, creative arts) or evidence of community involvement and leadership. Additional information of more than one page will not be considered.

ACAP Regional and Rural Award

  1. Evidence of home residence in an area that meets the ABS criteria for rural, remote or regional Australia.
  2. Academic achievement
  3. Applicant’s 500-word statement giving the reasons for wanting to study psychology, and
  4. A one-page statement (maximum) with additional information relevant to the application. This may include evidence of breadth of interests and achievements (e.g. music, sport, creative arts) or evidence of community involvement and leadership. Additional information of more than one page will not be considered.

ACAP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award

  1. Evidence of adherence to criteria for membership of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  2. Academic achievement
  3. Applicant’s 500-word statement giving the reasons for wanting to study psychology, and
  4. A one-page statement (maximum) with additional information relevant to the application. This may include evidence of breadth of interests and achievements (e.g. music, sport, creative arts) or evidence of community involvement and leadership. Additional information of more than one page will not be considered. 

Application Process

  1. By 31 January 2014 submit your application for enrolment in the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences using the online form available from here and your application for a scholarship Note: both of these applications need to be received by 31 January 2014 but they do not need to be submitted at the same time.
  2. By 7 February 2014 you will be notified of the outcome of your application for entry to the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, and, if you are offered a place, you will be notified of the outcome of your scholarship application.
  3. By 13 February 2014 you need to respond in writing to confirm a place in the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences for 2014.

Conditions of Award

  1. Offers of scholarships are valid for the year of offer only. A new application for a scholarship must be submitted if the offer of a place in the Bachelor of Psychological Science is deferred.
  2. In general, continuation of scholarships in each trimester is dependent on students passing all units of study in the previous trimester of study.