Colin McCormick Memorial Scholarship

The Colin McCormick Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded to the first applicant ranked on a final list who has received the average of "B" grade or higher in the VCE Italian assessment and who has accepted a place to pursue Italian studies as part of a degree course.

Applications open

2 Sep 2019

Applications closed

4 Nov 2019

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $2,900

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 1

  • Samuel Ronfeldt
    "I'd like to thank everyone involved in the selection process for their generosity, and for the time and effort put into this scholarship. I am especially grateful to receive this scholarship in light of the man it honours, Colin McCormick, and his commitment to Italian study in Australia. Speaking to you all at the ceremony, I was truly interested in and fascinated by your stories of McCormick, his life, and his achievements in setting up the Melbourne University Italian department, in which I now find myself a student. I realise now that even without this scholarship, I should be grateful to the people that came before me and established the educational institutions I take for granted; I thank you also for this important reminder."
    - Samuel Ronfeldt
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be completing VCE Italian
    • intend to pursue Italian studies as part of a degree course

    Selection criteria

    The Selection Committee will carefully consider the information provided with particular attention being given to the applicant's general academic achievement, reasons for wanting to pursue studies in Italian, ability in Italian and the Principal's report.

    A short list of applicants will be compiled and these will be invited to attend an interview after which the applicants will be ranked in order of preference by the Selection Committee. (Applicants short-listed must be available on the date set for interviews. Alternative arrangements cannot be made.) All finalists will be acknowledged with the award of a certificate of recommendation.

    The scholarship will be offered to the first applicant ranked on the final list who has been offered a place to pursue Italian studies as part of a degree at any one of the Victorian tertiary institutes. Candidates must be studying Italian in 2020 (deferrals, GAP year and a second-year start in the study of Italian will make candidates ineligible). The students will be required to produce evidence of the above after which the scholarship will be awarded. Payment of the award will take place in the second semester of the tertiary course undertaken.

    The decision of the Committee will be considered final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  • Application process

    Schools teaching VCE Italian will be notified when applications are open in early September. The criteria and application forms will be sent directly to these schools. Application close in the first week of November. All applicants will be required to complete the application form and arrange for the Principal's confidential report to be completed.

  • About the donor

    The contributors to an appeal set up to establish a scholarship in memory of Professor Colin Angus McCormick (1924 – 1987)

    This scholarship was established by appeal to memorialise Professor Colin Angus McCormick (1924 – 1987), who founded the department of Italian Studies at the University in 1959. He was the head of the department from its foundation, and was appointed professor in 1975, a position which he held until his retirement in 1981.

What are the benefits?

Approximately $2,900



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