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Scholarships

Scholarships provide financial support which can help you focus on your studies and get the most from your time at CIT. See below for scholarship opportunities and to find out if you're eligible.

  • ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme
    • The ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme is a partnership between ACT Health, CIT and ACT Mental Health Consumer Network. It is designed to support mental health consumers to study in the community services area. The aim of the scheme is to increase employment opportunities for mental health consumers in mental health, alcohol and other drugs, community development, youth work and community services.
    • Anyone who has lived experience of a mental illness/disorder and is 17 years of age or older is eligible to apply for admission to the scholarship scheme. Preference will be given to applicants who have not completed post-secondary studies and/or are unemployed.
    • The ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme is a two staged approach to support mental health consumers gain qualifications in the area of human services.
      - The first stage of the scheme is funding for the completion of the Statement of Attainment in Introductory Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs. This qualification will work towards a Certificate IV within the community services package.
      - The second stage is funding that covers course fees only for study in one of the Certificate IV courses in the Community Work Programs.
    • These are run by the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) at CIT Bruce.
    • Approximately 25 scholarships are available. The scholarship is valid for two years.
    • This scholarship scheme is available to Australian residents and citizens. Please note international students are not eligible.
    • To be eligible for consideration, you must complete the Scholarship Application Form (MS Word 179Kb) in full and send to the Canberra Institute of Technology. Applications will be considered and assessed by a selection committee. Interviews may also be conducted. The decision by the selection committee is final and appeals will not be accepted.
      This opportunity is being offered in two rounds:
      Round Applications Due by Selection Committee Meeting
      1 6 December 2019 Week commencing 9 December 2019
      2 20 January 2020 Week commencing 28 January 2020
    • All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application in writing within two weeks of the selection committee meetings.
  • Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grants
    • The Enrichment Grants provide young women with an opportunity to realise their dreams in a collaborative relationship with a mentor.
    • Young women aged between 12 and 18, residents of the ACT or undertaking education in the ACT are eligible to apply.
    • The program provides one off grants of up to $2000 to support young women to achieve a project in their area of interest.
    • The Enrichment Grants are a component of the Audrey Fagan Program established in 2007 to honour former ACT Chief Police Officer Audrey Fagan's contribution as an inspirational leader and mentor for young women.
    • For more information on the grants program visit:communityservices.act.gov.au/women/grants_and_awards
    • Or phone ACT Office for Women on (02) 6205 1075
    • Applications close on 28 August 2020
  • Canberra Refugee Support Scholarships
    • Scholarships are awarded to asylum seekers or refugees who are studying or seeking to study at CIT or at other institutions while they are living in Canberra. Winners are selected on the basis of meritorious performance rather than academic results alone.
    • The funds can be used for any purpose chosen by the student.
    • The number of scholarships and their individual value is decided by Canberra Refugee Support based on the amount donated. Canberra Refugee Support is unable to guarantee any number or value of scholarships in advance.
    • The purpose of the Canberra Refugee Support Scholarships is to recognise meritorious performance and to encourage and support outstanding refugee students in the pursuit of their personal development goals.
    • The scholarship is funded from donations provided from the community or organisations. Each annual round is treated separately and the amount of money available for scholarships is dependent upon donations for the year concerned.
  • Charles Sturt University TAFE to University Scholarships available to CIT students
    • Charles Sturt University (CSU) has developed a scholarship program specifically for diploma and advanced diploma students at CIT, to the value of $2,500 each.
    • Selection is not based solely on academic achievement, so please review the eligibility criteria.
  • Choosi Futures Grant Program
    • Choosi are offering financial assistance to those studying in the health, fitness and medical disciplines.
    • There is one winner each year of $5000.
    • Students studying at CIT for a certificate or diploma in health sciences; applied sciences (health/fitness related); nursing; dental assisting can apply.
    • See Choosi grants page for details of application process.
    • Applications for 2019-2020 close October 31 2020.
  • CIT Indigenous Scholarships in Construction
  • CIT - TFA Indigenous Scholarships in Construction
    • CIT Building and Construction Management, CIT Yurauna and the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Authority (TFA) have partnered to offer the CIT Indigenous Scholarships for a qualification in Building and Construction Management.
    • The scholarships are available to assist an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person to enrol in a building and construction management qualification. This will provide an opportunity for the personal and professional development of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander building and construction professionals whether in technical, management or policy roles.
    • Nine scholarships are available in 2021.
    • To be eligible, applicants must be:
      - an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person 17 years of age or older
      - either employed in, or seeking employment in, the building and construction industry intending to enrol in a CIT building and construction qualification in 2021
      - able to meet the entry criteria for the nominated qualification living and/or working in the ACT
      - committed to complete the nominated qualification at CIT before the end of semester 2, 2021
      - eligible to attend the relevant classes at CIT Bruce in 2021-2022
      - must provide Confirmation of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander Certificate
    • CIT qualifications eligible for scholarship in Semester 1, 2021
    • Qualification Duration Scholarships available
      Diploma of Building and Construction
      (Building) (CPC50210)
      4 semesters full-time (approx. 18 hours per week) or part-time equivalent Three scholarships valued up to $3,000
      Diploma of Building and Construction
      (Management) (CPC50308)
      2 semesters full-time (approx.20 hours per week) or part-time equivalent
      Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (CPC40110) 3 semesters full-time (approx. 18 hours per week) or part-time equivalent Three scholarships valued up to $2,000
      Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Contract Administration) (CPC40208)
      Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Site Management) (CPC40508)
      Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) (CPC40308)
      Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20211) 2 semesters full-time one day per week (approx. 5 hours) Three scholarships valued up to $1,000
    • To be eligible for consideration, you must complete the CIT - TFA Indigenous Scholarships in Construction Application Form in full, and submit it along with supporting documentation to CIT. Applications will be considered and assessed by the selection committee. Interviews may also be conducted. The decision by the selection committee is final and appeals will not be accepted.
    • Applications must be emailed to: anthony.cowlishaw@cit.edu.au
    • For further information about the scholarship, please contact:
      Anthony Cowlishaw
      Head of Department Building and Construction Management
      CIT Bruce (Room A214)
    • Email: anthony.cowlishaw@cit.edu.au or call (02) 6205 9840
  • CIT-NAWIC Women in Construction Scholarship
    • Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) have partnered to offer the CIT-NAWIC Women in Construction Scholarship.
    • Three scholarships will be available in Semester 1, 2021.
    • This scholarship is available to assist women to enrol in certain certificate IV and diploma qualifications to provide an opportunity for the personal and professional development of female building and construction professionals whether in technical, management or policy roles. It will support women in the industry to further their experience in a specific construction discipline or career development through obtaining a qualification in the relevant building and construction qualifications offered by CIT Technology and Design in Semester 1, 2021.
    • About the scholarship
    • - The scholarship is for women 17 years or older, mature aged women are encouraged to apply.
      - The scholarship is for women either employed in or about to commence employment in the building and construction industry.
      - It is available to full and part-time female students enrolling in one of the eligible CIT qualifications in Semester 1, 2021.
      - The length of the scholarship is four semesters up until the end of Semester 2, 2022, or upon completion of the qualification whichever comes first.
      - The value is up to $1,000 per scholarship to directly contribute to CIT student fees across the period nominated above.
      - Scholarships are competitive as there is a limited number available. qualifications:
    • CIT qualifications eligible for scholarship in Semester 1, 2021
    • - Certificate II in Construction Pathways
      - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
      - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Contract Administration)
      - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Site Management)
      - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating)
      - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
      - Diploma of Building and Construction (Management)
    • Are you eligible?
    • To be eligible for a CIT-NAWIC Women in Construction Scholarship you must be:
    • - a woman 17 years of age or older
      - either employed in, or about to commence employment in, the building and construction industry
      - intending to enrol in one of the eligible CIT building and construction qualifications starting in Semester 1, 2021
      - able to meet the entry criteria for the nominated qualification, including citizenship requirements
      - living and/or working in the ACT
      - committed to complete the nominated qualification at CIT before the end of Semester 2, 2022
      - eligible to attend the relevant classes at CIT Bruce in 2021-2022.
    • Note the scholarship is not available to:
    • - women currently enrolled in a qualification who have already undertaken study prior to Semester 1, 2021 in the nominated qualification
      - international students.
    • Application process
    • - To be eligible for consideration, you must complete the Scholarship Application Form in full, and submit it along with supporting documentation by 4pm AEDT - February 1, 2021 to CIT.
      - Applications will be considered and assessed by the selection committee. Interviews may also be conducted. The decision by the selection committee is final and appeals will not be accepted.
    • Enquiries about the scholarship
    • Anthony Cowlishaw
      Head of Department, CIT Building and Construction Management CIT Bruce, Room A214, Purdie Street, Bruce, Canberra 2614 anthony.cowlishaw@cit.edu.au | (02) 6205 9840
    • Please email applications to: Anthony Cowlishaw
      Head of Department Building and Construction Management anthony.cowlishaw@cit.edu.au
    • Closing date: 4pm AEDT - February 1, 2021.
  • Country Education Foundation
    • Community Education Foundation of Australia: supports youth in regional areas with financial grants for education and employment expenses. Students can apply and view the eligibility criteria via: https://cef.org.au/our-grants/
  • Fee Assistance
    • Applications are currently open for semester 2, 2020
    • Fee Assistance provides financial assistance towards course costs for CIT students experiencing financial hardship whilst studying towards a qualification for employment.
    • Financial assistance is by way of direct payment of fees and credit at CITSA Bookshops.
    • Fee Assistance provides up to 75% to a maximum limit of $800 per student in one semester.
    • Source of funding: The ACT Government provides CIT with additional funding for the program.
    • To find out more about eligibility and the application process, visit Fee Assistance.
  • FREE NAWIC Student Membership
    • will award the winner a FREE NAWIC student membership for 12 months, providing access to some of the most amazing and successful women in the local construction industry, opportunities to network with industry, and participate in professional development programs
  • Horticulture Scholarship
    • The Open Gardens Canberra Scholarship provides an exciting opportunity for a CIT student in any horticulture stream to receive financial assistance with their studies and work with Canberra gardeners to open their gardens to the public. Eligible students should be in their first year of a CIT qualification in horticulture or landscaping, within the CIT Department of Horticulture and Floristry.
    • The Open Gardens Canberra Scholarship provides $2,000 over two years towards CIT tuition fees, textbooks, and equipment. The scholarship recipient will also be encouraged to assist Canberra gardeners through the Open Gardens Canberra scheme.
    • Applications for the scholarship open at the beginning of Term 3 2020. First-year horticultural students in 2020 not apprenticed are encouraged to apply. The scholarship will contribute towards fees in the second and third years of their course.
    • Applicants need to respond to sections 1-5 of the application criteria. The answer to each section should be no more than half a page in length (approximately 160 words) and can incorporate photos and illustrations. Applications can be delivered by email or post.
    • Application Criteria

      1. Why are you studying horticulture at CIT?
      2. How would assisting Canberra gardeners to open their gardens enhance your studies and potential career in horticulture?
      3. What do you consider to be the biggest challenges facing home gardeners in the Canberra region?
      4. Give an example of a horticultural task you have undertaken that you feel was effective?
      5. Attach:
    • - your CV and academic history
      - supporting statement from one CIT teacher
      - other supporting documents of your choice.
    • Applications will be judged on:
      - evidence of academic commitment and achievements in the first semester of the course
      - evidence a student's skills could be used to promote good gardening practices in the Canberra region
      - a demonstrated commitment to horticultural study and the application of skills developed
      - aptitude for personal development related to horticulture.
    • Timing
      - Applications open beginning of Term 3.
      - Applications close week 1 of Term 4.
      - Successful applicant announced at the end of Semester 2.
      - First scholarship payment will be paid at the end of 2021 based on the successful completion of unit of competencies (UOC's).
      - Second scholarship payment will be paid at the end of 2022 based on the successful completion of UOC's.
    • Application can be sent to:
      By post:
      Head of Department
      Department of Horticulture & Floristry
      CIT Design and Technology
      GPO 826, Canberra, 2601
    • By email: Julie.Collins@cit.edu.au
    • For more information about Open Gardens Canberra visit opengardenscanberra.org.au
  • Indigenous Scholarships
    • - are available to Indigenous students enrolled at CIT, first time applicants must provide confirmation of Aboriginality
      - are available for waiver of program fees only.
    • Students may apply for additional assistance through other scholarships.
    • Students need to re-apply each semester. If re-applying, you must provide evidence of satisfactory academic performance.
    • Forms are available from CIT Yurauna Centre, phone (02) 6207 3309. Application forms are processed through CIT Yurauna Centre.
  • Jake Keller Scholarship
    • In memory of Justin Alfred (Jake) Keller, Foundation Member of the National Arboretum Canberra, the Jake Keller Scholarship will provide an exciting opportunity for one CIT horticulture student to receive financial assistance with their studies and undertake valuable professional development via work experience with the arboretum's horticulture team.
    • Eligible students should be in their final year of any certificate III program within the CIT Department of Horticulture and should also be considering further studies in horticulture at CIT.
    • The Jake Keller Scholarship is worth $1,000, which will be a contribution towards the CIT tuition fees in the chosen qualification in horticulture and must be redeemed within 12 months of receipt. The recipient of the scholarship will be also eligible to do work experience at the National Arboretum Canberra.
    • The work experience will be arranged with horticultural staff at the National Arboretum and will be for the duration of one week. The scholarship recipient will gain valuable professional development in contemporary horticulture practices.
    • Applicants are to complete sections 1-6 in the below form. Submission may be electronic or paper based. Download the Application Form (PDF 510Kb)
    • Closing date: COB Friday 26 October 2018
    • Value of prize: $1,000 plus one week work experience
    • Source of funding: The National Arboretum Canberra
  • Project Coordination Indigenous Scholarship in Construction
    • Project Coordination would like to offer a scholarship in the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 to an Indigenous student in 2021.

      The scholarship comes with work placement training in either construction or work health and safety during the second year of study. Project Coordination is offering one scholarship biennially, so every two years an Indigenous student will commence a two-year study program.

      Indigenous students 17 years or above are encouraged to apply. We would also like to encourage any mature aged Indigenous students to apply also. The scholarship is available to Indigenous students studying full-time or part-time, enrolling in the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210.
    • To be eligible, applicants must be:

      - an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person 17 years of age or older
      - either employed in, or seeking employment in, the building and construction industry intending to enrol in a CIT Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 in 2021
      - able to meet the entry criteria for the nominated qualification living and/or working in the ACT
      - committed to complete the nominated qualification at CIT before the end of semester 2, 2022
      - eligible to attend the relevant classes at CIT Bruce in 2021-2022
      - must provide Confirmation of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander Certificate
    • CIT qualifications eligible for scholarship in Semester 1, 2021
    • Qualification Duration Scholarships available
      Diploma of Building and
      Construction (Building) (CPC50210)
      4 semesters full-time
      (approx. 18 hours per week) or part-time equivalent
      One scholarship
    • Application process
      - To be eligible for consideration, you must complete the Scholarship Application Form in full, and submit it along with supporting documentation to Canberra Institute of Technology.
      - Applications will be considered and assessed by the selection committee. Interviews may also be conducted. The decision by the selection committee is final and appeals will not be accepted.
    • Enquiries about the scholarship

      Anthony Cowlishaw
      Head of Department, CIT Building and Construction Management
      CIT Bruce, Room A214, Purdie Street, Bruce, Canberra 2614 anthony.cowlishaw@cit.edu.au | T: (02) 6205 9840
      Please email applications to:Anthony Cowlishaw
      Head of Department Building and Construction Management anthony.cowlishaw@cit.edu.au
  • Rotary Club Canberra City Equity Scholarship
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      The Rotary Club of Canberra City(RCCC) has partnered with Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) to offer Rotary Club of Canberra City Equity Scholarships to assist eligible students to continue their studies at CIT.
    • Application Opening Date: Monday 31 August 2020
      Application Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday 10 September 2020
      Number Available: Two
      Value: Each recipient is awarded $2,500 to contribute to their CIT student fees; valid for three semesters.
    • Eligibility and Selection criteria: 1. Are currently experiencing financial hardship.
      2. Have successfully completed at least one semester at CIT and intend to continue to study at CIT (study can be full time or part time).
      3. Have initiative and motivation to succeed in their chosen course of study.
      4. Agree to the terms and conditions of the scholarship.

      Preference may be given for students that are continuing their studies into a higher-level qualification.

      Process: Applications and supporting documents are assessed by a selection committee. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by email.
    • Information and Application Form:

      - Download RCC Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 187Kb)
      - Download RCC Scholarship Application Form (MS Word 87Kb)

      CIT contact for enquiries: Lisa Clarke - T (02) 6207 3138 - E lisa.clarke@cit.edu.au
  • Soroptimist International Canberra Scholarship
    • Soroptimist International Canberra is a part of the New South Wales Soroptimist International region, as well as a member of the South West Pacific Federation of Soroptimist International.
    • Soroptimist International, as a secular, non-political non-governmental organisation, also have consultative status at the United Nations. Soroptimists attend Conferences at the United Nations annually to provide input at the Commission on the Status of Women.
    • Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls internationally.
    • Application Opening Date: Monday 31 August 2020
      Application Closing Date: 5pm, Friday 4 September 2020
    • Number available: Four
      - one scholarship for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student
      - two scholarships for refugee or migrant students
      - one scholarship for an international student

      Value: $1,000 each
    • Eligibility and Selection criteria: This scholarship is open to female CIT students from the above groups who can demonstrate they:

      1. Are currently enrolled and furthering their studies in a CIT Certificate II and above (other than English). Preference will be given to students in "non-traditional" areas such as trades.
      2. Have leadership potential.
      3. Have commitment to study and likelihood that she will complete her study. The scholarship is not limited to students showing academic excellence but rather is available on the basis of commitment to study.
      4. May be volunteering and/or participating in other community activities (relevant but not essential).
      5. May be experiencing financial hardship (relevant but not essential).

      Process: CIT staff can nominate students who meet the above criteria by completing the nomination form and providing the supporting documents. These will be assessed by a selection committee with nominators and nominees advised of the outcome via email.
    • Information and Application Form:
      - Download Application form (MS WORD 183Kb)
      - Download Terms and Conditions (PDF 206Kb)
    • CIT contact for enquiries: Lisa Clarke: (02) 6207 3138 - lisa.clarke@cit.edu.au
  • The Young Carers Bursary
    • If you care for a family member or friend with an illness, disability or mental health issues, you could be eligible for one of the 1,000 bursaries available to young people juggling study and care.
    • The Young Carers Bursary offers $3,000 towards continuing your study.
    • Applications for 2021 open from 28 July to 8 September 2020
    • To be eligible you must be a young carer who is:
      - aged between 12-25
      - studying or completing an apprenticeship
      - an Australian citizen or permanent resident
      - not receiving another scholarship.
    • For more info and to apply, check out:YoungCarersNetwork.com.au
  • Prizes and Medals presented at CIT Celebration of Graduation

    All prizes and medals are awarded to graduates who completed their study for the nominated program in the academic year prior to CIT's annual April graduation events.

  • CIT Institute Medals
    • Nominations for medals are based on excellence in academic performance and are awarded to the most outstanding graduates in each teaching college.
    • For the graduation period CIT Business, Tourism and Accounting, and CIT Health, Community and Science may award three (3) CIT Medals. CIT Technology and Design and CIT Trade Skills and Vocational Learning may award two (2) CIT Medals. All other colleges may award one (1) CIT Medal.
    • Source of funding: CIT
  • Craig O'Neil Prize for an Accounting Graduate
    • Eligibility and selection guidelines:
    • The student must submit an application to be considered for the scholarship. CIT Business, Tourism & Accounting is responsible for coordinating this.
    • The student must provide evidence of enrolment into University to study accounting or a related discipline; (deferring the commencement of university study is acceptable)
    • The student must provide supporting statements from two teachers.
    • The prize will be awarded to a graduate who is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia:
      - from the Advanced Diploma of Accounting who has enrolled into a university to study accounting or a related discipline
      -who completed their study toward the Advanced Diploma of Accounting in the academic year prior to CITs annual April graduation ceremonies.
    • The following aspects will be taken into consideration when selecting the winner:
      - The applicant's commitment and work ethic in relation to their studies;
      - The applicant's contribution to the student environment during their studies;
      - Circumstances of financial hardship.
    • The value of the prize is $2,000 and is donated by the CIT Student Association.
  • Rotary Club of Canberra - City Prize
    • Prizes are awarded to one male and one female graduate from any trade program. Nominees need to have demonstrated a high standard of craftsmanship and personal conduct. They must also have been recognised by their peers as having constantly displayed concern for others in their work group.
    • This prize is funded by the Rotary Club of Canberra - City
  • Rotary Club of Canberra - Weston Creek Prize
    • This prize is awarded to a graduate from any CIT program, who has made a valuable contribution to the community during their studies (this contribution must be related to their studies at CIT).
    • The value of the prize is $300 and is funded by Rotary Club of Canberra - Weston Creek.
  • The Len Barratt Award for an Indigenous Graduate
    • This is awarded to an Indigenous graduate who has completed a certificate III or higher program of study at CIT.
    • The value of the prize is $2,000 and is donated by the CIT Student Association.
  • University of Canberra Prize (ACT Year 12 Certificate) - CIT Pathways College
    • This prize is awarded in recognition of the pathways which students were able to access in pursuit of their educational needs.
    • This prize recognises:
      - the student who achieved an ACT Year 12 Certificate with either a mature entry pathway or a tertiary rank (eg ATAR, UAI, TER, TES, etc) that qualified them for entry to the University of Canberra
      - and managed personal challenges so that they participated actively and positively in their Year 12 program at CIT.
    • This prize is funded by the University of Canberra.
  • University of Canberra Prize
    • This prize is awarded in recognition of the pathways which students were able to access in pursuit of their educational needs.
    • This prize recognises:
      - the most outstanding result in a program,
      - which articulates with the University of Canberra.
    • This prize will be awarded to an Institute Medal winner in the first instance, in the event that no medal winners are graduating from a program which articulates with the University of Canberra, other nominees will be considered.
    • This prize is funded by the University of Canberra.
  • Yass Lodge of Concord No.27 (Freemasons) Prize
    • This is awarded to the graduate from the CIT Pathways College who has shown the greatest improvement in the study of English as a Second Language.
    • The value of the prize is $250 and is funded by Yass Lodge of Concorde No. 27.

There are many ways industry, business and the community can support CIT students. If you have a specific sponsorship idea that you would like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact infoline@cit.edu.au