Action on reconciliation
Indigenous Scholarship Program

As proud supporters of reconciliation, and committed to Closing the Gap nationally, we created the Indigenous Scholarship Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at either university or TAFE in 2018. The scholarships are designed to help with the costs of study, including course fees, accommodation costs and textbooks.

Our scholarship program is administered in partnership with the Community Enterprise Foundation. This is the first year the program has run.

To find out more about the program, including whether you are eligible, read more below.

How are the scholarships funded?

Community Sector Banking funds the scholarship program directly from its profits.

How are the scholarships governed?

Community Sector Banking manages the scholarship program, and an Indigenous Scholarship Advisory Committee (made up of representatives from Community Sector Banking, and Indigenous customers) determines that year’s successful applicants. The scholarships are administered and dispersed through Bendigo Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation, in partnership with Community Sector Banking.


For enquiries regarding our 2018 Indigenous Scholarship Program, please contact the Community Enterprise Foundation on 1300 304 541 or email

To read our 2017-2019 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan, click here.

Applications are now open. Click below to apply.
Scholarship categories

Our scholarship program is designed to support students through tertiary study by assisting with the cost. The scholarships are available across three categories:

  • Category A: 1 x $10,000 to study at any Australian university
  • Category B: 1 x $10,000 to study at the University of Wollongong
  • Category C: 2 x $5,000 to study at TAFE

Applications for our 2018 program opened 7 December, 2017 and close at midnight AEDT 29 January 2018. Sign up below to receive updates.

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Yes. This scholarship is only available to people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studying in 2018.

Category A:
- Studying full-time in 2018 (in an approved Australian course)
- First year undergraduate in 2018 (first attendance at an Australian university)
Category B:
- Studying full-time in 2018 at the University of Wollongong (in an approved Australian course)
- First year undergraduate in 2018 (first attendance at an Australian university)
Category C:
- Be enrolled (or offered a place) in an eligible course (see below) of at least 10 weeks duration (or part-time equivalent)
- Eligible courses are: full-time or competency based completion (apprenticeships), Certificate I, II, III or IV, diplomas, advanced diplomas or associate degrees
- You are still eligible if you have successfully completed study at university or TAFE previously.

The scholarship can cover accommodation costs and/or expenses directly related to study. For example, course costs, study related materials and equipment, text books, tutoring, internet fees, or study relocation costs.

Successful university recipients will receive scholarship payments at the start of each semester for two years. Students studying in trimesters will receive funding twice per year. TAFE recipients will receive their one-off payment prior to their course commencement date.

Successful recipients will need to provide evidence of their expenses at the end of each year (such as receipts or transcripts). You will also be asked to share some of your experiences with us, including how the scholarship has helped you.

Our 2017-2019 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan can be found by clicking here.

Please contact the Community Enterprise Foundation if you have any other questions about the application process.

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