The Kieran Ricketts Scholarship in Film and Screen Media will support an undergraduate student throughout their Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production degree at the Griffith Film School (GFS).

This scholarship will honour Mr Kieran Ricketts, a highly regarded and accomplished alumnus of the GFS, Griffith University, who passed away in 2019. The establishment of this scholarship will continue Mr Ricketts’ passion for film study and serve to inspire GFS students to complete their degree, especially those experiencing financial hardship.

Maximum value $27,000 paid in installments

Apply by 4 pm Monday 8 March 2021.

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be applying for admission to, and commence study in 2021, in the Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production (1284) at the Griffith Film School
  • should not have commenced any University study previously
  • demonstrate financial disadvantage by either:
    • being in receipt of a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment; or
    • a comprehensive assessment by the University.

What do I include in my application?

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

Study details

  • Secondary education history
  • Program preferences: show that you have chosen Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production

Personal background (important information relevant to the selection process)

  • Income and expenditure
  • Scholarships*
  • Circumstances


Personal statements

  • Career goals and aims: please provide a statement about yourself and your personal ambitions
  • Challenge(s) experienced: a statement detailing your personal and financial circumstances that have the potential to impact upon your studies at Griffith University.

You must upload the following in the supporting documentation section. Please use only the following formats: PDF, Word, jpg or Excel. We can only guarantee these formats will be accepted.

  • Please provide your Centrelink statements or other documents demonstrating financial hardship.

*Priority will be given to students who are not in receipt of any other scholarship funding.

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The maximum value of the scholarship is $27,000 paid in installments over a maximum of three years. Payments of $4,500 are due in Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 provided that conditions are meet, up to the maximum value of the scholarship or minimum duration of the degree for which the scholarship was awarded, whichever is the lesser.

Payments are made up to six weeks after the census date subject to maintaining ongoing eligibility.

Sponsor details

Kieran Ricketts (1982–2019)

This scholarship has been created to ensure the talent, passion and creativity for storytelling that Kieran Ricketts possessed is fostered and valued in other gifted students.

Kieran’s tragic death in 2019 has reverberated through and changed his family’s, friends’ and colleagues’ lives. All have been touched with his humility, empathy and humour, as well as his enthusiasm and passion for life. He generously shared his talents with other likeminded people and patiently mentored anyone who asked for help. He inspired others and enthusiastically embraced new technologies and all they had to offer. Kieran’s bar was set way beyond any ordinary person and this brought many difficulties to his mental health. This remained a constant throughout his high school, uni and career life. Kieran’s family hope that this scholarship will help likeminded students to alleviate some of the financial and psychological pressures that Kieran struggled with.

Kieran was born in Lismore NSW and was educated and lived in Tweed Heads NSW for his formative years. After leaving school, he worked for two years to raise funds to attend university. In 2003 he commenced a Bachelor of Film and TV Production degree at Griffith University. After completing one semester, he found the financial and psychological stresses that university life brought overwhelming and worked full time while attempting a part-time load, even though he was oozing with talent and enthusiasm.

In 2004 he reluctantly returned to Tweed Heads and worked in retail to support himself. For a creative and talented person, this was soul destroying. Then in 2006 as a mature student, Kieran took a big step financially and emotionally to return to Griffith. He enrolled in a Bachelor of Communication degree majoring in Film and Media Studies and Screen Production. With maturity and determination, he maintained a high GPA throughout his degree. He immersed himself in many of the opportunities that the University provided and was awarded a Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in 2008–2009.

In the final semester of his degree, Kieran secured his first job in the industry on a ground-breaking new show called Hungry Beast and was selected from over one thousand applicants. The creator of the show stated that Kieran stood out for two reasons: his show reel was polished and imaginative, and he clearly wanted to be the best in his craft. He worked on Hungry beast for two seasons and then a career in the new TV channel – NEWS 24 in it’s debut year continued on from this.

He worked his way through the ABC gaining experience and eventually took on the massive role of Digital Executive Producer of all of the ABC’s current affairs programs. At the end of 2016 he left the ABC to pursue a more creative life away from the organisation. He immersed himself in writing and performing music, screenplays and creating online news commentaries. At the time of his death he had returned to the ABC to develop and produce a new program that told stories about Australia in an innovative way.

Gaven Morris, Director of News for the ABC said in Kieran’s eulogy:

“He had a determination for justice… for the voiceless. He was a passionate storyteller of stories that needed to be told. Kieran somehow knew how to tell them in a way that connected with today’s audiences. Every fibre of his being wanted to make the ABC better, to move us along and to do it now. Simply, he saw things differently to the way the rest of us see things. His passion, vision, energy and enthusiasm for all that he did, and all those he loved bursts from him.”

In the last year at high school he was asked, how do you want to change the world? Kieran replied, “I don’t want to. I want to add to it.”

Noticing details that others didn’t, telling real people’s stories, adding to the world, making it richer. This was what we wanted to achieve out of life. His family hope that the recipient of this scholarship will be able to continue his legacy with a little help from Kieran’s scholarship.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or know someone who is, it is important to support and assist them in contacting help.

To remain eligible for the scholarship, applicants will be required to:

  • be enrolled full time each trimester in the Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production at the Griffith Film School
  • maintain a GPA 5 or above
  • continue to meet the financial hardship criteria (documents may be required).

The above conditions are verified each trimester at census date. If a scholarship recipient fails to successfully meet these conditions, scholarship payments may be withheld, or the scholarship may be terminated.

The recipient must be willing to have his/her name and photo published, in promoting this scholarship and the Griffith Film School.

The recipient must be willing to attend an event to meet the donor.

The scholarship cannot be deferred, and recipient must commence studies in the year the scholarship is awarded.

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.