The Bank First MGSE Community Spirit Award

This award will be granted to a student undertaking a Master’s degree at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education who is involved in a community minded program(s) that supports refugees, people from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or Indigenous communities whilst studying at the University of Melbourne. This can include paid and/or voluntary work.

Applications open

1 Dec 2020

Applications closed

15 Feb 2021

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $2,500

Applicable study areas

Education, teaching and training

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Sienna Ahn, Student, Master of Teaching
    "My advice would be, enjoy what you do and be involved with appropriate passion. In my case, it was being part of my community and actively looking out for those in need of care and support."
    Read Sienna's story
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • have completed at least one year of a MGSE Master’s degree
    • be undertaking a full-time or part-time study load at MGSE in 2021

    Selection criteria

    • eligible applicants will be assessed on the merit of their application
    • applications must address all questions in the application form
    • references are required
  • Application process

    Students must submit an online application.

    Application questions - Applications must address the three questions below (400 words maximum)

    1. Provide a list of all activities that you have been involved in that relate to programs that support refugees, people from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or indigenous communities. This can include paid and/or voluntary work whilst undertaking your Master’s degree.
    2. Why is this important to you and what do you gain from giving up your time to help others?
    3. What benefit do these communities receive from your work?

    Please provide two reference letters confirming involvement.

    For any questions regarding this scholarship, please email:

  • When will I know the outcome?

    We expect to notify applicants in April 2021

  • About the donor

    Bank First

    Bank First is a proud supporter of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

    The Bank First MGSE Community Spirit Award and Volunteer Award are a key part of their support of the wider education community.

    Driven by care and compassion, Bank First is committed to providing a better banking experience and putting its customers first while supporting the wider education sector.

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