VU Achievement scholarships are merit-based (academic achievement) scholarships for students from Melbourne's west.

Each secondary school in the western region council areas of Brimbank, Hobson's Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham will be offered two scholarships:

  • one for the highest achieving year 12 student who enrols in a VU bachelor degree (undergraduate course)

  • one for the highest achieving year 12 student who enrols in a Victoria Polytechnic (TAFE) course.

Please note: if there is not an eligible TAFE recipient, the equivalent scholarship value will be offered to the second highest achieving student enrolled in an undergraduate course from the participating school.

VU achievement scholars Nadia Kapri, Steven Tamburro, Loren Horster and James Ballantyne.


The first scholarship is valued at $5,000 each year for up to four years (maximum of $20,000).

The second scholarship is valued at $2,000 each year for up to two years (maximum of $4,000).


You will be ranked by your school on your demonstrated record of academic achievement. This will be based on internal school assessments, not your ATAR (previously ENTER) score.

In order to rank students of equal merit, your school may choose to also take into consideration the following:

  • your involvement in extra curricular activities within the school, the community or your home
  • the extent to which the scholarship will make a significant difference to your capacity to continue your education.


To be considered for a VU Achievement scholarship you must:

  • be currently enrolled in Year 12 at one of the participating schools
  • register to be included in your schools ranking
  • be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

To be granted a VU Achievement scholarship you must:

  • apply to study at VU
  • be offered a place at VU and enrol full time in an undergraduate degree, Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • be ranked by your secondary school.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.


Scholarship offer timeline

November: Each secondary school will rank their students and provide the list to VU.

Mid-December: First ranked students will be advised that they will receive a VU Achievement Scholarship – provided they have applied for a course at VU and receive an offer to enrol.

January/February: We will monitor enrolments and make a formal offer of a VU Achievement scholarship in January/February.

If the top ranked student from each school does not receive, or does not accept an offer to enrol at VU, then a scholarship will be offered to the next highest ranked student.

No scholarship offers will be made after the end of February.

Scholarship program supporters

The Achievement Scholarship Program is an initiative of Victoria University's Foundation and is only possible due to the generosity of donors. The people and organisations who give to this scholarship program strongly believe in recognising students who aspire to further education and have a record of achievement in their school and community.

The Foundation is grateful to all our donors and supporters.

Find out how you can support VU Achievement scholarships.

Contact us

If you have further questions about scholarships, contact the Scholarships office.

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Phone: +61 3 9919 5568
Location: Footscray Park Campus, Building M, Level 2, Room 203.