Attend without debt

Are you a Personal Leadership Program graduate about to start Uni? Youth Opportunities has partnered with The Adam Scott Foundation to award one deserving graduate a fully funded scholarship to attend University!

The recipient can choose to study any Undergraduate course at any South Australian University and will receive full financial support for the duration of their course. Hello no HECS debt!

The Low Down

Up to $75,000 university tuition for the duration on any Undergraduate course available in South Australia. One Scholarship is available. 2020 Scholarship application (TBC)


STUDY LEVEL: Undergraduate
YEAR OF STUDY: Commencing first year studies 2019
STUDY REGION: South Australia
STUDY LOAD: Full-time (part-time may be considered)
To be considered to receive the Adam Scott Foundation Youth Opportunities Scholarship an applicant must:

  • Be a graduate of the Youth Opportunities program.
  • Have applied/been accepted into an Undergraduate University course at a South Australian based University, commencing in 2019.
  • Not have previously completed a Bachelor degree or higher level award.
  • Be an Australian citizen (consideration will be given to those with permanent residency or a humanitarian visa).

Please Note: The Adam Scott Foundation Youth Opportunities Scholarship cannot be deferred. Monies must be used in the Semester for which they are awarded.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on an application form and a personal statement of 500 words (no more than 2 typed pages), addressing all the following criteria:

  • The benefit you will derive from receiving a scholarship and your career aspirations.
  • Previous challenges you have encountered i.e. disrupted schooling (i.e. frequently moved, illness, family tragedy), disadvantaged school environment, geographic isolation, limited access to financial resources, difficult home circumstances impacting on education, family responsibilities impacting on time available for study, English language difficulty etc.

How you have worked through these challenges to be prepared to undertake University studies.

Supporting Documentation

Applications must include all necessary supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will need to supply the following documentation:

  • Completed application form.
  • Personal statement of 500 words specifically addressing the criteria.
  • Reports from two referees.
  • Evidence of financial need, including details surrounding the Education Access Scheme (EAS) and means-tested Commonwealth income support. Those with financial need will be prioritised.
  • The recipient must satisfy the following assessments in their University studies and commitment to The Adam Scott Foundation and Youth Opportunities;
  • Completion of a 6 month report outlining the educational results and benefit to their chosen career path.
  • Completion of a 12 month report outlining the educational results and benefit to their chosen career path.
  • Achievement of a Pass Rate of GPA 4 or greater. If Pass Rate of GPA 4 is not achieved, tutorial support will be considered to improve. Performance below this standard will require a show cause letter, and the recipient to be placed on probation for one semester. Continual academic underperformance will lead to withdrawal of the Scholarship.
  • Maintain a full-time study load, unless otherwise approved by the Adam Scott Foundation. Any leave of absence from your University studies or changes to enrollment (i.e. change of course or University) must be approved by the Adam Scott Foundation.
  • The student must at all times present themselves at a high standard as a representative of the Adam Scott Foundation and Youth Opportunities in the community. They will undertake their studies with a high focus of attention to gain the best possible educational opportunities from the course.
  • If the student brings the Adam Scott Foundation or Youth Opportunities into disrepute the Scholarship will be immediately ceased.

Application and Selection Process

1. Send Application

Send completed application form and attachments to or post to:

Adam Scott Foundation Youth Opportunities Scholarship
35a Oaklands Road
Somerton Park SA 5044

2. Selection Panel

The Selection Panel will discuss applications and select a shortlist of applicants who they believe would significantly benefit from the Scholarship.

3. Get Shortlisted

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Youth Opportunities via phone call to schedule an interview.

Interviews with the Selection Panel will be undertaken on Friday 22nd February 2019 (date TBC).

The successful applicant will receive a phone call on or before Wednesday 27th February 2019 from the General Manager/Director of the Adam Scott Foundation offering them the Scholarship.


Karin Harris

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