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.  

School of Counselling Scholarships

Through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI), Alan Rowe, Nora Huppert and Andrew Little 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander students

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 any of the school’s qualifications and degrees.

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 Bachelor qualifications

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 engagement 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 Counselling, Bachelor of

 

Counselling (Coaching) or Bachelor of Applied Social Science degrees. The main criteria for this scholarship are demonstrated commitment to and involvement in community engagement 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.

 

The Andrew Little Scholarship for the Master of Counselling
and Psychotherapy

Andrew Little started working at ACAP in early 2000 as Director of the Brisbane Campus. In 2002, he moved to Sydney to take up the position of Executive Director, Education and Development. Since 2006, Andrew has been in the Principal Executive Officer role at ACAP.

Andrew has worked in tertiary education with a focus on counselling and psychology professional education for the last 15 years.  He has been active in professional counselling associations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region for a number of years. He is a board member of the Association of Psychological and Educational Counsellors of Asia-Pacific (APECA). Additionally, he is a Past-President of the Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators (SCAPE). Andrew has had a long-standing interest in the development of counselling and psychotherapy, particularly course accreditation within Australia, as demonstrated by his long-time membership on the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation Australia (PACFA) Board, Council and as Chair of the PACFA Professional Practices Committee & Education Programs Accreditation Committee up to August 2012.

Prior to working in counselling education, Andrew worked in a range of community service organisations, mostly in the areas of counselling and family support, for 15 years.

The Andrew Little 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 Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. The main criterion for this scholarship is outstanding contributions to the counselling and psychotherapy profession in a voluntary capacity, such as active participation in professional associations, leadership of committees​, or submission writing.

  • Selection criteria

Applications for scholarships for the 2016 academic year are closed. Applications for 2017 counselling scholarships close on Friday, 30 January 2017

School of Psychological Sciences Scholarships

Access Scholarships

Each year there are up to six (6) Access Scholarships available for students commencing the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (BPsychSci). There are two different types of Access Scholarships and although students may be eligible for both, only one can be awarded to any eligible student.

Program Offerings Eligibility Award
Bachelor of Psychological Science: Rural/Regional Access Scholarship 3 per year,
1 per trimester
Enrolled in BPsychSci; completion of application (see below) Up to 6 core units
Bachelor of Psychological Science: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scholarship 3 per year,
1 per trimester
Enrolled in BPsychSci; completion of application (see below) Up to 6 core units

*The value of the BPsychSci Access Scholarships is equivalent to 25% of the course fees.

Eligibility

Scholarships are awarded by the School of Psychological Sciences Scholarship Committee based on the following:

  1. Rural/Regional Access Scholarship – Evidence of home residence in an area that meets the ABS criteria for rural, remote or regional Australia
    OR
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scholarship – Membership of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  2. Any relevant academic achievement
  3. 500-word statement describing why the applicant wants to study psychology
  4. 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. Students must be enrolled in the BPsychSci to be eligible to apply for Access Scholarships. Applications from non-enrolled applicants will not be considered
  2. The closing date for applications is 5pm Friday week 0 of each Trimester, that is, 5pm Friday of the week prior to the Trimester commencing
  3. Submit the completed application for a scholarship together with all attachments, to psych.schoolmanager@acap.edu.au with the subject line “Application for Commencing Access Scholarship”
  4. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 5pm Friday week 1 of Trimester

Continuation Scholarships

Each year there are a number of Continuation Scholarships available across the different programs in the School of Psychological Sciences.

Application Process

Students do not need to apply for the Continuation Scholarships. They are awarded by the School of Psychological Sciences Scholarship Committee based on criteria specific to the program the student is enrolled in. Eligible students will be contacted directly about these awards. Students who hold an Access Scholarship or have previously received three (3) Continuation Scholarships are not eligible.

Program Offerings Eligibility Award
Bachelor of Psychological Science 3 per year, 1 per trimester Enrolled in BPsychSci; enrolled in at least 2 psych units at Level 2 or 3 Up to 3 units
Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science 3 per year, 1 per trimester Enrolled in Grad Dip PsychSci; enrolled in at least 2 psych units Up to 3 units
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) 4 per year Only for students that completed BPsychSci or GDPsychSci at ACAP 1 core unit
Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology 2 per year Only for students that completed BPsychSci (Hons) at ACAP 1 core unit
Master of Psychology (Clinical) 3 per year Only for students that completed BPsychSci (Hons) at ACAP 2 core units