Recognising and rewarding student excellence

Each year Griffith University holds a prizes and awards ceremony to recognise, reward and celebrate outstanding student achievement.

Ranging from money and medals to the provision of plaques, books, vouchers and travel many awards are supplied through the generous donation and sponsorship of key partner organisations who share our vision to recognise and reward outstanding students.

All prizes listed are confirmed for the 2020 academic year only.

In the event of a tie the prize value may be split evenly between recipients. Cumulative GPA or further information, such as a requested statement, may be used to determine the recipient, conditions are dependent on the individual prize and donor.

Griffith University reserves the right to withdraw an advertised prize or award at any time.

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Griffith Academic Prize for Improvement

Awarded to currently enrolled undergraduate Griffith University students whose academic results (measured by GPA) have improved markedly over a period of a year.

Griffith University

up to $3,000

The Emily Reinhardt Piano Scholarship

The purpose of The Emily Reinhardt Piano Scholarship is to assist entry level undergraduate students studying keyboard (classical) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU). The scholarship is to be awarded annually to a recipient as they enter their study at a first year level and will continue for the duration of their undergraduate study (3 – 4 years). Students are automatically eligible as part of their audition application and assessment is made during the entry audition process. For Peter and Emily Reinhardt to make a donation to Griffith University of the bulk of their estate gave them fulfilment and the journey of their money from the despair of war to a worthwhile cause gave them great happiness.

The estate of Peter and Emily Reinhardt

Up to $30,000 for Bachelor of Music (3 year degree), up to $40,000 for Bachelor of Music Performance (4 year degree)

The QCGU Barbara Hebden Music Bursary

Awarded to Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University student who shows outstanding musical ability and has contributed to the Conservatorium Community. The student must be an emerging instrumental or vocal artist studying at QCGU. Each Department Head will nominate their best student based on outstanding music ability and contribution to the Conservatorium community, and a panel made up of the Conservatorium Executive will make the final decision.

The Late Barbara Hebden OAM

up to $5,000

Monkeys and Robots Digital Media Honours Prize

Awarded to the Griffith University Student who graduates with the highest GPA in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) degree.

Monkeys and Robots


The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice - Industry Advisory Board(IAB) Award for Highest Achievement - (Team Award)

Awarded to the group that received the highest score for the team project component of the course Applied Criminal Justice (3030CCJ). Students must be in the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice - Industry Advisory Board


Professor Bill Faulkner Memorial Award

Awarded to a Griffith University student who fits the following criteria - Graduating, Demonstrated excellent performance over the duration of the degree (GPA), Must have completed a minimum of 240 CP (3 Year Degree) or 320 CP (Double Degree) of GU subjects, Evidence of important contributions to the University and the community Bachelor of Business and 1307/1308 Business Group Double Degree with the following majors: -event management - hotel management -sport management -tourism management -international tourism and hotel management - real estate and property development.

Department of Tourism, Leisure, Hotel Sport Management

1 x plaque

The Russell Trood Prize in International Relations

Awarded to a first year Griffith University student with the highest results in the course International Relations(1001GIR). The recipient must have achieved a course grade of over 80%.

The Estate of Russell Brunell Trood


Robert Thwaites Memorial Prize

Awarded to the Griffith University final year student studying on the Gold Coast Campus, who achieves the highest cumulative grade point average in the first three years of study in the Bachelor of Engineering. This award was established by the Faculty of Engineering in memory of Robert Thwaites who was killed in the Bali Bombing of 12th October 2002. Robert was an outstanding student who in his final year was the recipient of: Engineering Medal, Business Medal and University Medal. This award emulates Roberts achievements.