Vision Australia further education bursary

As of August 1st, 2016, applications are now open for Vision Australia’s Further Education Bursary 2017.

Young woman uses a braille note to type. Image also includes photos of an tablet device and mobile.Each year, Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.

The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help the students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies. Assistive technology can eliminate barriers to education and enhance access to information. It enables students to read course material, conduct research and improve their student life.

Our own research tells us that people from the blindness and low vision community who have a diploma, certificate or degree are more likely to be employed. Our bursary program is just one way in which we are levelling the playing field by supporting people to further their education and build a meaningful career.

Last year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the bursary program. Since 1996 we have supported over 330 students on their tertiary education journey.

Meet the 2016 and previous year's bursary recipients. To learn more about the bursary program, watch this YouTube video, which features Vision Australia's chief executive officer, Ron Hooton.

Eligibility Criteria

Students of any age can apply for a Vision Australia Further Education Bursary.

Applicants must:

  • Be or become, a client of Vision Australia
  • Have a current (within the last 12 months) eye report on file with Vision Australia
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be living or moving to Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory, Tasmania or Western Australia.
  • Be enrolling to study at an institution in Victoria, ACT, NSW, Queensland, the Northern Territory, Tasmania or Western Australia.
  • Be enrolling to study in at least Certificate IV or higher accredited courses including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (not a Foundation or Enabling course) at the start of the year or be already enrolled in such a course (preference may be given to those in the early stages of a course). The course must have a minimum 12 months remaining for those already enrolled.

Selection Criteria

1. Vision History

  • Vision loss or deterioration as it relates to your work or educational history.

2. Future goals

  • Reasoning behind course selection
  • Career prospects on completion of course.

3. Potential for success in chosen courses

  • Level of achievement demonstrated in previous results
  • Work experience
  • Academic awards, prizes or acknowledgement
  • Ability to successfully complete course.

4. Extra-curricular activities

  • Community service
  • Volunteer work
  • Raising a family
  • Music involvements
  • Languages
  • Sporting or other achievements.

5. Demonstrated need for the equipment

  • What if any adaptive technology have you used in the past
  • What if any accommodations have you received (for example alternative format text)
  • Justification of the need for any additional equipment beyond your current equipment
  • Implications of not having the equipment
  • Justification of the types of equipment and its benefits

How to Apply:

  • Read Vision Australia Further Education Bursary Information 2017
  • Contact Vocational Consultant Belinda Wilson, to screen for eligibility and arrange an Adaptive Technology Assessment (no other assessments will be accepted for bursary applications)
  • Fill out 2017 Bursary Application form and provide supporting documents
  • Sign and submit Bursary Declaration 2017
  • Application deadline is 28th October 2016

Application documents:

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