This award is made in memory of Jay Schwer, Griffith University Bachelor of Social Work student.

This award has been established to support mature aged students enrolled in a degree hosted by the School of Human Services and Social Work who are experiencing financial hardship, carer responsibilities, and/or social disadvantage.

Value: $500 paid in a single instalment

Apply by: 12pm Friday 12 March 2021

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder or Permanent Resident
  • be enrolled in a degree hosted by the School of Human Services and Social Work by the closing date of this scholarship
  • be experiencing financial hardship, carer responsibilities and/or social disadvantage*
  • be aged 30 years or over

*Examples of social disadvantage may include but are not limited to, having come from a background of poverty, being a sole carer for a family member(s), being a parent of a child with special needs, having a disability or mental illness or being a legal Australian resident who may have had previous experience or status as a refugee.

What do I include in my application?

To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application:

Personal details

  • Date of birth

Study details

  • Program (current students)
  • Program preferences (commencing students)

Personal background

  • Circumstances
  • Scholarships
  • Income and expenditure


  • Personal statements (complete where relevant, minimum one statement required):
    • Experience- social circumstances of significant hardship or disadvantage
    • Family- Carer and/or parenting responsibilities
    • Challenge(s) experienced- Challenges you have had to overcome

You must upload the following in the supporting documentation section. (Please use only the following formats- pdf, word, jpeg or excel, we can only guarantee these formats will be accepted)

  • Supporting documentation
    • Other: evidence of financial hardship (if applicable) – current Centrelink Statement tor Tax Statement

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This bursary is valued at $500 payable in a single instalment.

Payments are made up to six weeks after the Census Date subject to satisfying scholarship Terms and conditions.

Sponsor details

Donation provided by Dr Katrina Radford in loving memory of Jay Schwer on behalf of his family: Jacquelyn Hamilton (mum), Richard Gehres (stepdad), Shana Schwer (sister), Katrina Radford (fiancé), and children.

Payment is made, after census, on confirmation that you are enrolled at Griffith University and still meet eligibility requirements.

You must also be prepared to attend the School of Human Services and Social Work awards breakfast, in or around October of the year in which the bursary is awarded, to meet the donor (or as otherwise arranged between the recipient and donor). The recipient will be contacted with further details closer to the event.

Applications, including any supporting documentation, must be completed and submitted by the closing date.

Offers are made via email.

Applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information.

Griffith University reserves the right to withdraw an advertised scholarship at any time.