Creating more opportunities, for everyone

With your support, we will help more of the most talented students realise their potential, regardless of their circumstances. We will invest in more scholarships for young people who have the ability to study with us but whose situation may prevent them from achieving their goals.

The case: Making the best university education accessible to all

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and some have significant caring responsibilities. Some have also faced difficult family situations and others are the first in their family to attend university. Without financial support, some will have to stop their studies, while others would not even consider university in the first place. This is a national issue – across Australia just over 15% of university students are from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Our opportunity

Since the establishment of an equity scholarship fund at UOW in 2008, more than 2,000 alumni, staff and the members of the wider community have funded 130 student scholarships. However this is just the tip of the iceberg; 19% of all UOW undergraduate students are from low socio-economic backgrounds this is 2% higher than the national average. In the last three years, the University has only been able to offer Transforming Futures Scholarships annually to 10 of these students. By 2021 we would like to support at least 20 new students each year through this program.

The costs

A scholarship costs just $3,000 per year for three years. They are offered to new and current domestic undergraduates at the start of each year. We will absorb all administration costs, so every gift will go directly to creating more scholarships for more brilliant students. We empower students to use the money where their need is greatest, whether on learning materials, accommodation costs or on equipment to help them boost their ambitions.


The impact

A Transforming Futures Scholarship will make a profound change to a student’s future. It will mean they can study at the University of Wollongong and experience some of the best learning and teaching in Australia. But that’s not all. It means more people, from all backgrounds, will gain the skills, knowledge and experiences to fulfil their academic potential and further their career goals. They can use their diverse perspectives and what they’ve learned here at Wollongong to make a positive contribution to society.

Our scholarship graduates

Bianca Hunt, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology (2018)

“I believe in giving back to society and showing my children the value of helping.”

After starting her family, Bianca, decided to go to university to study criminology and psychology. She wanted to give her children something to aspire to, and also inspire them to help others. The generous support of our donors enabled Bianca to pay for books, parking and other resources essential to her studies. When her children saw that she could get support while attending university, they were surprised. “It broadened their thinking of university and the people behind the support,” she says.

Morgan Way, Bachelor of Digital Media (2012)

A scholarship helped Morgan realise his dream of a career in the film industry. It meant he could afford to live away from home for the first time, and then focus on setting the wheels in motion for his new business.

“I used the scholarship to help with equipment purchases for a film-making business with another student,” he says.

“The scholarship gave us a head start, so we could make a name for ourselves more quickly.”

His business, Way Ward Films, has now gone on to work for clients such as Cadbury, Sports Illustrated, Next Official and The Body Shop.

Our track record

From our very beginning, we have been committed to equity, fairness and social justice. We believe strongly in educational opportunity for all, regardless of background or ability to pay for essentials such as accommodation, travel or internet access. We are proud to attract students from all backgrounds. Of current domestic undergraduate students:

A Transforming Futures Scholarship with us is also more than an opportunity to attend university, it’s a chance for people from all backgrounds to experience an outstanding learning environment:

“Higher education is a gift. Think about how you have been helped or how fortunate you are in life.  Then give what you can, when you can. I know each week someone is appreciating the gift of learning.”

Carol Marshman, Transforming Futures donor for over ten years


“Kathryn and I have been lucky in our lives and we wanted to give something back. I was the first in my family to go to university so I like the idea of bursaries and scholarships which can help students to achieve their own goals.”

David and Kathryn Groves, donors to the Transforming Futures Fund for over ten years

Contact us

Please contact Renee Burton for more information or to discuss how you can help UOW make a difference.

Phone: 02 4221 8113

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