Equity Scholarships in History

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences was able to award almost $100,000 in Undergraduate Equity Scholarships to study History at the University of Sydney.
Established in 2015, this Scholarship provides assistance to enrolling and current undergraduate students who are majoring in History. The award is worth $5000 per year. Current students can apply for up to one year of funding, while recent school leavers who enrol in a BA or BA Advanced degree majoring in History can receive from 3 to 4 years of funding.
This year we were able to award 3 or 4 year scholarships to four new students, and three year-long scholarships to current students.
The successful applicants all performed extremely well in their HSC courses or current University courses, submitted strong statements of interest, and come from unique and diverse backgrounds – exactly the kind of students the Department, and University, needs. In interviews with the selection panel, all of the students impressed by speaking about their passion for studying History and what they saw as the relevance of their History degree in understanding modern society, culture and politics.
In some cases having overcome very serious obstacles to get to University, most of the applicants also spoke about how they wanted to use their University studies to not just learn more about the world in which they lived, but also to help try and change society and make it easier for others to learn and to follow their passions. Most of the students also spoke of the influence of particular teachers on their studies and their motivation to go to University.
Recipients included three students from the Sydney area, including one Indigenous student, and four students from rural/regional NSW. The Department was particularly pleased to note that two of the successful applicants had participated in the Department of History and Department of Classics and Ancient History Social Inclusion program with Chifley College Senior Campus in Mount Druitt, and had previously won special Year 11 University History Awards. For more information about the program, see:http://blogs.usyd.edu.au/historymatters/history_and_social_inclusion/
Many congratulations again to all the award winners. We are very much looking forward to having them in our classes in the coming years.
For more information about the Scholarship, please see: http://sydney.edu.au/scholarships/undergraduate/faculty/fass.shtml#UESH
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