W John Collins Scholarship

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. 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.

Application type

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

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $30,000

Applicable study areas

Law, legal studies and criminology

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be a domestic or international student
    • be admitted to the Melbourne JD at Melbourne Law School.

    Selection criteria

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

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Recipients will receive an outcome with their admission offer.

What are the benefits?

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

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