TAFE Western Student Scholarships are offered on a semester basis for continuing full time and part time students. The scholarships are available to assist with fees and related study expenses.

TAFE Western Scholarship Guidelines

The following scholarships for financial assistance are offered to eligible students studying at TAFE Western are now open;

For help applying contact the Scholarship Coordinator or phone 02 6393 5940

Dunedin Pastoral Company Pty Ltd

Dunedin Pastoral Company in Western NSW is offering 3 student scholarships of $1000.00 each for students studying Certificate II and Certificate III level Courses in Agriculture.

Apply Now, ask your teacher for their endorsement and submit your completed application by the end of March 2016 to;

The Scholarships Coordinator TAFE Western Customer Innovation Unit ,

PO Box 2161 (Institute Office) Orange NSW 2800 or via email to


NSW Farmers Tertiary Scholarship Program

NSW Farmers Association awards a number of scholarships each year under the Association's Tertiary Scholarship Program.

The scholarships are open to students who are members or come from a family that are members (See eligibility criteria for full requirements), undertaking full time courses in the second or subsequent year of tertiary study (exceptions for the vocational scholarship). They are available for students studying any course at any recognised tertiary Institution, and are not limited to studying in NSW.

For more information please go to the NSW Farmers Association

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Smart and Skilled NSW Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship

The NSW Government has announced the Jobs of Tomorrow scholarships for students undertaking NSW Skills List qualifications in selected science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry Area.

25,000 scholarships worth $1000 will be offered to successful applicants in Certificate IV to Advanced Diploma level qualifications ons over the next four years.

Applications for the 2016 (first) round will open in March.

Further information, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines, is available from the NSW Smart and Skilled (Jobs of Tomorrow) website.

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Sandy Smith Memorial Scholarship

The Sandy Smith Memorial Scholarship is provided by the Rotary Club of Mudgee Sunrise to honour the memory of Sandy Smith. Sandy was a member of the Rotary Club of Mudgee Sunrise and highly valued TAFE Teacher at the TAFE Mudgee College.

The Sandy Smith Scholarship is provided for TAFE Western students studying at Mudgee Campus.

Apply now Sandy Smith Memorial Scholarship Application Form


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Tertiary Education Scholarship

A Start in Life is a small Charity that has been working with students and families for over 90 Years.

We are based in Sydney NSW but provide assistance to students Australia wide.

As part of our support we offer Tertiary (University or TAFE) Scholarships to students who are:

  • 18-24 years of age
  • Studying fulltime on campus (not online/by distance)
  • Australian Citizens
  • In financial need

We are currently accepting a second round of applications from students needing support in 2016 and reaching out to Universities and TAFES across Australia to ensure places are filled, applications are open until 17th February.

For more information about A Start in Life email or visit their website

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NSW Department of Health

TAFE NSW's partnership with the NSW Department of Health continues next year with the offer of over 200 scholarships for the 2016 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing) Program.

The program will see students training at metropolitan and rural TAFE NSW Colleges, as well as the NSW Health Registered Training Organisation at Rozelle and Liverpool with clinical experiences in the NSW Health system. The scholarships will cover full payment of student program fees. In addition, offers of employment in a NSW public health facility will be made to suitable applicants upon successful completion of the program, standard recruitment processes and employment checks.

Successful scholarship applicants will commence the TAFE NSW course from April 2016 and the course runs for between 12 and 18 months.

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BBM Frank Mansell Travel Scholarship for Agriculture 2015-2016

The Big Brother movement sponsors an $8000 travel scholarship, the BBM Frank Mansell Award for Agriculture for TAFE NSW students to travel the United Kingdom to further their studies and/or professional experience in agriculture.

This scholarship provides a great opportunity for the individual student. It also provides an opportunity for TAFE NSW to show case its agriculture training.

The award is targeted at students who are no more than 23 years of age and have completed or will complete a TAFE Diploma in Agriculture or Rural Business Management in 2015. Applications close 30 October 2015.

Completed applications forms plus a brief resume will need to be returned to John Mills

Frank Mansell Application Form 2015-2016

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Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation

Rural Scholarships are available to support individuals in NSW who demonstrate a passion for rural and commitment for any career that will ensure the future success of rural and regional NSW.

Scholarships of $5,000 for full-time study or $2,500 for part-time study are available

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Smart and Skilled scholarship for fee free study

The NSW Government is offering fee-free scholarships for up to 50,000 students a year starting in July 2015.

If you are aged between 15 and 30, eligible for a concession fee and are thinking of enrolling a Certificate qualification (Certificate I to Certificate IV), then you might be eligible for a new government scholarship.

The scholarship means you can complete your study without paying fees, provided you start your course after 1 July 2015.

If you think you fit the bill, please contact TAFE NSW Staff to assist you when you enrol. The Government plans for these scholarships to be in place for the next four years.

Learn more about fee free scholarships

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Family & Community Services

Applications for the 2016 Youth Scholarships are now open.

The Youth Scholarship Program assists eligible young people living in social housing or on the NSW Housing Register to complete their HSC or TAFE equivalent. Two hundred and sixty six scholarships are on offer, which consists of a one off payment of $1,500 which is administered by the school or TAFE College on behalf of the student.

The money can be used to buy items or services which help the student complete the HSC or TAFE equivalent and can include:

  • private tuition or coaching
  • text books, workbooks, study guides and stationery
  • specialist equipment (e.g. art, music or photographic materials)
  • course costs (including materials), excursions, study camps, sport
  • computer software and printer.

Find out more 

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Aboriginal Enrolled Nursing Scholarship

The scholarship is provided by NSW Health to Aboriginal enrolled nurses who undertake post-enrolment studies relating to their nursing role. Each scholarship is up to $1,000.

Applications available on the Health NSW website.

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Redkite Education and Career Support Grants

Applications for our 2015 Dare to Dream Scholarship and Grant program will open on June 1

Redkite's Education and Career Support Grants aim to help children and young people who have experienced cancer reach their study and work goals.

Applications available on the Redkite website.

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The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship

The Pinnacle Foundation has been established to provide scholarships to high-potential young people of diverse genders and sexualities (LGBTIQ) who can't afford to pay for their education. The Foundation also provides each scholarship recipient with a mentor experienced in the student's field of study.

Applications available on the Pinnacle Foundation website

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Vision Australia Further Education Bursary

The Vision Australia Further Education Bursary provides people who are blind or have low vision with adaptive technology to help ensure that they can fully participate and succeed in further education.

Applications available on the Vision Australia website.

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Mick Young Scholarships

A Mick Young Scholarship can help prospective and existing students in financial need $500 - $1,000.

Mick Young Scholarships are available for students who are thinking of studying at TAFE Western, or who are already studying at TAFE Western and who can demonstrate financial hardship and motivation to complete a TAFE qualification. The scholarship can go towards expenses such as textbooks, equipment, transport and course fees.  Scholarship funds are provided to successful applicants in a one-off payment.

Are you eligible?

To be a recipient of a Mick Young Scholarship you must:

  • be committed to succeed in your studies and your career
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage and your motivation and commitment to further education and improving life circumstances
  • be able to prove you would not be able to succeed in your studies without financial assistance
  • be a full time or part time student, or a prospective student intending to enrol, or already enrolled, at a TAFE Institute or the TAFE Division of a dual-sector public university in a nationally recognised course listed on
  • complete the Application Form in full, and submit it along with supporting documentation
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia

Note: Scholarships are competitive as there is a limited number available.  The scholarship is not available to international students

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Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship

The Endeavour VET scholarship is internationally competitive and merit-based. It provides financial support for non-Australians to undertake vocational education at a Diploma, Advance Diploma or Associate Degree level in any field in Australia for up to two and a half years. All recipients will receive travel allowance, establishment allowance, monthly stipend, health insurance, travel insurance and tuition fee.

Applications available on the AEI website.

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Macquarie Credit Union

Macquarie Credit Union TAFE Western Scholarship 

Applications now open for semester 2 - Closing Soon

TAFE Western students from Dubbo and surrounding areas can apply for Macquarie Credit Union Scholarship.

The scholarship program will provide ten TAFE Western students with $1000 to be used for costs associated with their training - fees and learning resources.

For more information about the Macquarie Credit Union’s TAFE Western scholarship, visit your local TAFE College or complete the application form.

Apply now using the Macquarie Credit Union Scholarship Application Form

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Peter Althofer Award

The Peter Althofer Award is in honour of the contribution that Peter Althofer made to the Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum, is a reminder of his legacy, with the purpose of assisting people who have a strong interest in Australian flora.

To be eligible for the award you must be undertaking a plant related course which will lead to a Certificate or Diploma or studying in a particular field which is native plant related. The amount available to be awarded is $1,000.

Applications close on 31 October each year. More information about the Peter McDowell Althofer Award

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For more information read our frequently asked questions or contact the TAFE Western Scholarship Coordinator on (02) 6393 5949 or by email.