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W John Collins Scholarship

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Key scholarship details

Application status

Open for automatic consideration

Benefit amount

Up to $30,000

Eligible study level

Graduate coursework

Eligible student type

Domestic students

Eligible study stage

Future study

Benefit duration

One or more years


The W John Collins Scholarship was established with a gift from Dr Matt Collins and Leonard Vary and is offered to students who are enrolling in the Juris Doctor and are experiencing disadvantanged circumstances.

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    Established in 2015 by Dr Matt Collins QC (PhD 2000) and his partner, Leonard Vary (BCo 1985, LLB 1985) in honour of Dr Collins' father, John Collins.

About the donor

Born in England in 1942 in impoverished circumstances, and raised mostly in the United States, John Collins moved to Australia in 1968, where he became a secondary school teacher. John understood the transformative power of education and, with his wife Robyn, also a teacher, made sacrifices that enabled Dr Collins to become the first in his family to obtain a law degree. Dr Collins went on to obtain his PhD at Melbourne Law School, where he is currently a senior fellow.


$10,000 per year over three years (total $30,000).


Up to $30,000


One or more years



Eligibility and selection criteria


To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Have applied for the Juris Doctor through Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) under the 'Disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances' category and submitted the Disadvantaged Socio-economic Circumstances Supplementary Form
  • Meet the Graduate Access Melbourne entry requirements for the Juris Doctor

Selection criteria

The scholarship is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need.

Study level:

Graduate coursework

Student type:

Domestic students

Study stage type:

Future study

Study area:


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When will I know the outcome?

Successful recipients will receive an outcome by the end of November.


Open for automatic consideration

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