James Rapley Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of James Rapley and is awarded to students from rural areas to support them to study science or engineering at the University of Melbourne.

Application type

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

Benefit type

College fee remission
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $36,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 1

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen
    • have completed Year 12 or International Baccalaureate in Australia
    • not have been awarded results for subjects undertaken as part of a degree course at a tertiary institution in Australia
    • have applied for Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne via the VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for commencement in the year following completion of Year 12 or International Baccalaureate
    • be eligible for entry to the University of Melbourne under Access Melbourne
    • have applied for a place at Janet Clarke Hall, St Hilda's College, St Mary's College or Medley Hall.

    Selection criteria

    This scholarship is awarded to eligible candidates who have the highest overall level of disadvantage based on the information provided in their VTAC SEAS application and their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).


    This scholarship is subject to the Coursework Scholarships Terms and Conditions (as amended). In addition, you must maintain residence at a Residential College of the University of Melbourne.

  • Application process

    Students will be automatically considered for this scholarship if they have applied for a place at Janet Clarke Hall, St Hilda's College, St Mary's College or Medley Hall, and have applied for admission under Access Melbourne using the VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Scholarship offers are made a few days after the Victorian Year 12 ATAR results are released in December.

  • About the donor

    James Rapley

    This scholarship was established by the Rapley Family in memory of their son and brother James Rapley, Student Club President 2005, in celebration of his life and the importance of the College Community to his personal development.

    Originally from Seymour, James spent the first three years of his studies living at Whitley College and was President of the Student Advisory Council in 2005.

    James was known for his intelligence, passion for sports and active engagement in his community. He was committed to using his skills for the greater social good.

    James had a successful career in software development, taking up a role at Groupon in 2013 in the United States. He was in LA on his way home for Christmas when he was tragically killed while riding his bicycle. He is loved and dearly missed by friends and family.

What are the benefits?

An accommodation allowance of $12,000 per year for up to three years. The allowance is paid directly to the Residential College.

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