The Lawrence R. Tedesco Memorial Scholarship for Indigenous Students was established to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who are experiencing financial hardship and undertaking study in either the Bachelor of Nursing or the Doctor of Medicine.

Maximum value is $5,200, payable in instalments.

Applications currently closed.

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen
  • be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • be a second or third year student enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Nursing and have a minimum GPA of 5, or be a second or third year student enrolled full-time in the Doctor of Medicine
  • be able to provide evidence of financial need (Centrelink or Tax Statement)
  • not be in receipt of any other scholarship funding

What do I include in my application?

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

Study details

  • Program: Academic Merit

Personal background

  • Income and expenditure
  • Scholarships


  • Personal statement
    • Scholarship benefit: outline how this scholarship would benefit you and why you feel it is warranted
    • Community involvement: outline your community involvement and leadership

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 need: Centrelink statement or Tax Statement.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

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Maximum value is $5,200, paid in instalments. Instalments of $2,600 are payable in trimester 1 and 2 provided conditions are met.

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

Sponsor details

Lawrence R. Tedesco was born in New York City and grew up in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.  He was educated in the State University of New York at Binghamton, Miami University, and University of Tasmania, among others. He worked and travelled in the USA, Israel, Africa, Southeast Asia, China and Australia. He worked with remote Aboriginal communities in health-related areas in Australian in the 1970s and was passionate about improving health outcomes for indigenous people. This scholarship has been set up by his wife, Deborah Cao, in his honour and memory.

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

  • remain full-time enrolled at Griffith University in the program for which the scholarship was awarded
  • maintain a minimum GPA of 5.5 (for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing)
  • attend the Scholarships Office 2021 Prize and Awards ceremony and meet the donor

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.

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.