Paterson Scholarship

This scholarship supports an undergraduate student on an engineering pathway throughout their undergraduate degree and subsequent masters degree.

Applications open

2 Mar 2020

Applications closed

1 Apr 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

$12,000 - $20,000

Applicable study areas


Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • be enrolled in the first year of an eligible undergraduate degree and undertaking preliminary engineering subjects

    Eligible degrees are the Bachelor of Design, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Commerce.

    Students who are shortlisted for this award will be required to attend an interview with a panel including Melbourne School of Engineering staff and members of the Paterson family.

    Selection criteria

    • Financial need
    • Disadvantage
    • Academic merit
  • Application process

    Submit an online application via the Melbourne School of Engineering current students website.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately three to five weeks after the application close date. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

  • About the donor

    Bob and Helen Paterson

    Bob Paterson and his wife Helen established this shcolarship in 2007. Bob completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at the University of Melbourne in 1949 and went on to have a successful career in engineering that enabled him to travel and work all around the world.The Paterson family have maintained a strong relationship with the University and endeavoured to give back something in return for their professional and personal successes and good fortune.

    "Helen and I were encouraged to establish a scholarship program after the experience of a distant relative who received financial support to complete his studies as an adult. He was able to achieve his dream of becoming an engineer. It highlighted to us that there are many students who have the potential to be talented engineers but lack the financial resources and/or family support to continue their education. We hope that through this scholarship we can help some of those students fulfil their potential."

What are the benefits?

Approximately $4,000 a year for the duration of the recipient's undergraduate degree.

Annual payments will continue throughout the recipient's Master of Engineering degree provided this is undertaken immediately upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

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