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. 

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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.

How to apply

Applicants for the the ATSI Scholarship will need to submit the following:

a.   An application letter outlining reasons for applying for the scholarship.

b.   Strong statement of commitment to completing the qualification & intention regarding use of the qualification. Please provide documentation such as referee reports to support this commitment.

c.   Demonstrated leadership and/or significant contribution to the ATSI community.

d.   A resume.

The successful recipient will need to commence their studies within 6 months of being granted the Scholarship and studies must be completed within 8 years.

Selection guidelines

a.   ACAP will award each scholarship. The selection will be made on the basis of the application and a telephone interview. The applicant needs to be capable and committed to taking up the scholarship.b. The scholarship committee will seek a reference from academic teachers who have taught the applicant in the preceding term (if already enrolled).

b.   The scholarship committee will seek a reference from academic teachers who have taught the applicant in the preceding term (if already enrolled).c. The scholarship is for course fees only. The successful scholarship student will need to pay any other administrative penalty fees that may arise.

c.   The scholarship is for course fees only. The successful scholarship student will need to pay any other administrative penalty fees that may arise.d. Textbooks and readings for the course are not included in the scholarship.

d.   Textbooks and readings for the course are not included in the scholarship.e. The scholarship is non-transferable and remains available to be taken up for 6 months after the offer date.

e.   The scholarship is non-transferable and remains available to be taken up for 6 months after the offer date.f. ACAP reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship for any of the following reasons: poor performance, poor attendance, misconduct or for any other activity which ACAP considers to be

f.   ACAP reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship for any of the following reasons: poor performance, poor attendance, misconduct or for any other activity which ACAP considers to be unbecoming behaviour of an ACAP student. See Student Misconduct Policy.g. Students who are awarded a Scholarship will be asked to provide permission that their names can be used for marketing purposes.

g.   Students who are awarded a Scholarship will be asked to provide permission that their names can be used for marketing purposes.h. Applicants must be over the age of eighteen years.

h.   Applicants must be over the age of eighteen years.

i.   The decision of the scholarship committee will be final.j. ACAP will provide equal opportunity for all persons regardless of sex, race, marital status, physical ability, sexual preference, age, political conviction or religious belief.

j.   ACAP will provide equal opportunity for all persons regardless of sex, race, marital status, physical ability, sexual preference, age, political conviction or religious belief.k. The successful applicant must be willing to attend a graduation ceremony to receive the award.

k.   The successful applicant must be willing to attend a graduation ceremony to receive the award.

The Alan Rowe Scholarship for Bachelor qualifications

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.

About Alan Rowe

Alan Rowe has been a mentor and advisor to Lionel Davis, the College’s Founding Director, for almost thirty years. Their relationship commenced in 1977 when Lionel as a young Psychology graduate found his first job as the Community Youth Worker at Queanbeyan City Council. As the head of the Council’s Community Services Department, Alan was Lionel’s first boss and supervisor.

Alan had a varied employment background in industries as diverse as agriculture, tourism, community development and welfare. As Queanbeyan Council’s Community Development Officer, he achieved a great deal through researching community needs, community consultation, project management and social planning. He addressed issues such as domestic violence, childcare needs, unemployment and services for adolescents, families and older people.

Alan also had a special passion for the education and training of young people. For many years he worked tirelessly to establish a TAFE college in Queanbeyan to benefit the community. Later in his career, he focused his energies on the needs of young people with severe mental and emotional disabilities.

An important aspect of Alan’s contribution that is often not formally recognised and which is particularly relevant to ACAP is his role as mentor and teacher in the workplace.

The translation of Alan’s knowledge and skills into curriculum relevant to students wishing to make a real contribution to community development is exemplified by ACAP’s educational philosophy. Alan has had a fundamental influence on the shaping of ACAP’s courses through the College’s emphasis on a practical as well as theoretical approach to education and training.

How to apply

Applicants for The Alan Rowe Scholarship will need to complete the Scholarship Application Form and submit a 1 page statement (minimum 500 words, maximum 1000 words) addressing the following two points together with a resume:

a.   Demonstrate your commitment to community development by, for example, describing any volunteer work in this area, research, relevant employment and/or life experience. Please provide documentation such as referee reports to support the demonstration of commitment.

b.   What do you intend to do with this qualification to improve community services?

The successful recipient will need to commence their studies within 6 months of being granted the Scholarship and studies must be completed within 5 years.

Selection guidelines

a.   ACAP will award each scholarship. The selection will be made on the basis of the application and a telephone interview. The applicant needs to be capable and committed to taking up the scholarship.

b.   General preference for the Alan Rowe Scholarship will be given to those students who have demonstrated leadership or made a significant contribution to their community. These students will need to submit a statement in support of their application (as per ‘How to apply’).

c.   The scholarship committee will seek a reference from academic teachers who have taught the applicant in the preceding term (if already enrolled).

d.   The scholarship is for course fees only. The successful scholarship student will need to pay any other administrative penalty fees that may arise.

e.   Textbooks and readings for the course are not included in the scholarship.

f.    The scholarship is non-transferable and remains available to be taken up for 6 months after the offer date.

g.   ACAP reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship for any of the following reasons: poor performance, poor attendance, misconduct or for any other activity which ACAP considers to be unbecoming behaviour of an ACAP student. See Student Misconduct Policy.

h.   Students who are awarded a Scholarship will be asked to provide permission that their names can be used for marketing purposes.

i.    Applicants must be over the age of eighteen years.

j.    The decision of the scholarship committee will be final.

k.   ACAP will provide equal opportunity for all persons regardless of sex, race, marital status, physical ability, sexual preference, age, political conviction or religious belief.

l.    The successful applicant must be willing to attend a graduation ceremony to receive the award.

The Nora Huppert Scholarship for the Graduate Diploma of Counselling

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.

About Nora Huppert

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.

How to apply

Applicants for The Nora Huppert Scholarship for the Graduate Diploma of Counselling will need to submit a 1 page statement (minimum 500 words, maximum 1000 words) addressing the following two points together with a resume:Demonstrate your commitment to the field of family counselling or family therapy by, for example, describing any volunteer work in this area, research, relevant employment and/or life experience.

a.   Demonstrate your commitment to the field of family counselling or family therapy by, for example, describing any volunteer work in this area, research, relevant employment and/or life experience.

b.  What do you intend to do with this qualification to advantage families and/or the field of family therapy?

The successful recipient will need to commence their studies within 6 months of being granted the Scholarship and studies must be completed within 5 years.

Selection guidelines

a.   ACAP will award each scholarship. The selection will be made on the basis of the application and a telephone interview. The applicant needs to be capable and committed to taking up the scholarship.

b.   General preference for the Nora Huppert Scholarship will be given to those students who have demonstrated leadership or made a significant contribution to their community. These students will need to submit a statement in support of their application (as per ‘How to apply’).

c.   The scholarship committee will seek a reference from academic teachers who have taught the applicant in the preceding term (if already enrolled).

d.   The scholarship is for course fees only. The successful scholarship student will need to pay any other administrative penalty fees that may arise.

e.   Textbooks and readings for the course are not included in the scholarship.

f.    The scholarship is non-transferable and remains available to be taken up for 6 months after the offer date.

g.   ACAP reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship for any of the following reasons: poor performance, poor attendance, misconduct or for any other activity which ACAP considers to be unbecoming behaviour of an ACAP student. See Student Misconduct Policy.

h.   Students who are awarded a Scholarship will be asked to provide permission that their names can be used for marketing purposes.

i.    Applicants must be over the age of eighteen years.

j.    The decision of the scholarship committee will be final.

k.   ACAP will provide equal opportunity for all persons regardless of sex, race, marital status, physical ability, sexual preference, age, political conviction or religious belief.

l.    The successful applicant must be willing to attend a graduation ceremony to receive the award.

The Andrew Little Scholarship for the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

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.

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 until his death in 2016.

Andrew has worked in tertiary education with a focus on counselling and psychology professional education and has been active in professional counselling associations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region for a number of years. He was a board member of the Association of Psychological and Educational Counsellors of Asia-Pacific (APECA). Additionally, he was 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. 

How to apply

Applicants for the Andrew Little Scholarship for the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy will need to submit a one page statement (minimum 500 words, maximum 1000 words) addressing the following two points together with a resume:

a.   Evidence of outstanding contributions to the counselling and psychotherapy profession in a voluntary capacity, for example by participation in professional associations; leadership of professional associations, committees, relevant community associations, voluntary movements etc; the training and supervision of counselling students; the preparation of submissions or training materials.

b.   What do you intend to do with this qualification to contribute to the advancement of the profession of Counselling and Psychotherapy?

The successful recipient will need to commence their studies within 6 months of being granted the Scholarship and studies must be completed within 5 years. The study mode available is by Blended Delivery, offering a large degree of flexibility.

 Selection guidelines

a.   ACAP will award each scholarship. The selection will be made on the basis of the application and a telephone interview. The applicant needs to be capable and committed to taking up the scholarship.

b.   General preference for the Andrew Little Scholarship will be given to those students who have demonstrated leadership in the counselling and psychotherapy profession in a voluntary capacity. These students will need to submit a statement in support of their application (as per ‘How to apply’).

c.   The scholarship committee will seek a reference from academic teachers who have taught the applicant in the preceding term (if already enrolled).

d.   The scholarship is for course fees only. The successful scholarship student will need to pay any other administrative penalty fees that may arise.

e.   Textbooks and readings for the course are not included in the scholarship.

f.    The scholarship is non-transferable and remains available to be taken up for 6 months after the offer date.

g.   ACAP reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship for any of the following reasons: poor performance, poor attendance, misconduct or for any other activity which ACAP considers to be unbecoming behaviour of an ACAP student. See Student Misconduct Policy.

h.   Students who are awarded a Scholarship will be asked to provide permission that their names can be used for marketing purposes.

i.    Applicants must be over the age of eighteen years.

j.    The decision of the scholarship committee will be final.

k.   ACAP will provide equal opportunity for all persons regardless of sex, race, marital status, physical ability, sexual preference, age, political conviction or religious belief.

l.    The successful applicant must be willing to attend a graduation ceremony to receive the award.