Burnet Family Access Scholarship

The scholarship was established thanks to the generosity of the Burnet Family, to assist a student who is in financial need in transitioning to tertiary study. The Burnet Family Access Scholarship will provide a yearly allowance for the normal duration of the Bachelor of Commerce degree (up to 300 credit points). One scholarship is available every three years.

The next scholarship will be awarded in 2024.

The impact of Access Scholarships

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

Annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $15,000

Applicable study areas

Commerce, economics and management

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • have a strong academic ability
    • have a permanent address in a rural or isolated area
    • apply to commence the Bachelor of Commerce through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
    • submit an application for the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) via VTAC
    • meet the criteria to be eligible under the Access Melbourne Scheme

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants will be asessed on academic merit and a SEAS application providing evidence of residence in rural or isolated areas.

    Selection is made based on information provided by VTAC at the time of selection. The Selection Committee will not have access to change of course preference information.

  • Application process

    Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be automatically considered. There is no separate application process.

    Please note: Applicants who have applied for the First in the Family Scholarship will also be considered for this scholarship. If more than one student meets the eligibility guidelines the scholarship will be awarded on academic merit as demonstrated by ATAR score or equivalent and overall category SEAS rating as decided by VTAC.

What are the benefits?

The scholarship will provide a yearly allowance of approximately $5,000 for the normal full-time duration of the Bachelor of Commerce degree (three years).

Recipients of the scholarship will automatically be admitted into the Abernethy Scholars Program. This program provides unique opportunities such as guaranteed access to the Faculty’s Career Mentoring Program, invitations to a variety of leadership events hosted by the Faculty and an academic mentoring opportunity with Professor Margaret Abernethy, Sir Douglas Copland Chair of Commerce and former Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics.

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