Commerce Opportunity Bursary

Available through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Bursaries are available to Victorian residents who apply for entry into the Bachelor of Commerce to assist high achieving students who are in financial need, or are otherwise disadvantaged. Worth up to approximately $45,000, it encompasses a program to foster the academic and personal development of the recipients, through the ongoing support of the Commerce Opportunity Network.

Scholarship will be next awarded in 2024.

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 $45,000

Applicable study areas

Commerce, economics and management

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately TBC

  • Portrait photo of Ewe Jin Tan
    "My scholarship helped me financially, and it also provided me with a network of friends. Receiving a scholarship drove me to reflect on how I can assist others who are less fortunate than me, in order to benefit individuals and society collectively."
    - Ewe Jin Tan
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be an Australian citizen residing in Victoria
    • have a strong academic ability
    • be in financial need or otherwise disadvantaged
    • 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

    Selection is based on academic merit and the documented disadvantage associated with one or more of the seven equity categories.

    Selection is made based on information provided by VTAC at the time of the 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.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Successful applicants will be contacted by mid-December.

    Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

What are the benefits?

The Commerce Opportunity Bursary provides $15,000 per annum for the duration of the course (up to 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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The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.