We are looking for future leaders in our community and in industries across South West Victoria. The SWTAFE Scholarships program creates opportunities and recognise those who have the drive, passion and commitment to achieve greatness.

Mid-year scholarships applications opening soon

Scholarships can assist with study-related costs whether they are course fees, materials required for your course, costs associated with attending industry events or any equipment you may need for study.

We have a range of scholarships available for anyone studying with South West TAFE. Each scholarship has its own criteria and the application process can vary from one scholarship to the next.

2023 Scholarships at SWTAFE

2023 scholarship applications open in late 2022.

Scholarship Value Who can apply?
DemoDAIRY Foundation Scholarship Up to $5000 over two years Any student studying at SWTAFE and working in an industry that relates to or supports the dairy industry in Western Victoria
ET Heard Scholarship Up to $4000 Any student studying Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
RC Webb Scholarship Up to $4000 Any student studying an Agriculture or Horticulture course
Women in Trades Scholarship Up to $2000 Any women studying a trade course
Mt Gellibrand Colac regional scholarship Up to $2000 Any student studying at our Colac campus
Hamilton regional scholarship Up to $2000 Any student studying at our Hamilton campus
Portland regional scholarship Up to $2000 Any student studying at our Portland campus
Sherwood Park campus scholarship Up to $2000 Any student studying at our Sherwood Park campus
Open scholarship Up to $2000 Any SWTAFE student
Aunty Laura Bell Scholarship Up to $2500 Any Koorie student studying Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Uncle Rob Lowe Senior Scholarship Up to $2500 Any Koorie student studying a Diploma course
Warrnambool Koorie Scholarship Up to $1000 Any Koorie student studying at the Warrnambool campus
Portland Koorie Scholarship Up to $1000 Any Koorie student studying at the Portland campus
Hamilton Koorie Scholarship Up to $1000 Any Koorie student studying at the Hamilton campus
Colac Koorie Scholarship Up to $1000 Any Koorie student studying at the Colac campus

Who can apply?​​

Anyone that meets the specific scholarship criteria (above) and:

  • is planning to or be enrolled in a full-time course at the South West TAFE
  • can demonstrate a strong commitment to their studies and pathway into employment
  • is an Australian Citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa

What can the scholarship be used for?

Our scholarships can support you with:

  • course fees
  • course consumable and material fees
  • booklist items
  • costs associated with travelling and attending industry events (eg. accommodation, travel and tickets)
  • ICT equipment (eg. Laptop, iPad to use for study)

Please note scholarships are not redeemable for cash.

View the Scholarship Guidelines

How to apply?

  1. Select a scholarship, and click ‘Apply’.
  2. You will need to supply a reference contact with a short supporting statement for your application.
  3. Submit before relevant application closing date.

Other opportunities

Access and Equity Assistance

Our access and equity assistance aim to increase opportunities for those who demonstrate a desire to participate in education and may not be able to do so due to financial hardship.
Find out more and apply for assistance.

Community Partnership Scholarships

Our Community Partnership scholarships are created through the support of our community partners. They provide financial assistance to put towards the cost of courses, along with pathways to employment, higher education opportunities and internships.

Selection for these scholarships and internships vary according to the organisation. Please apply directly through the organisation’s application process.

Headspace Warrnambool Scholarship
3 scholarships available worth a total of $3000 for students enrolling in a two-year minimum course who have experienced health disadvantages and sought help from Headspace Warrnambool to pursue their studies. Applicants must also be aged 25 years old or younger. Find out more and apply at Headspace Warrnambool.

Powell Legacy Fund Scholarship - DemoDairy
The Powell family are supporting a fund to offer grants and scholarships in recognition of the work of the late Ross and Andy Powell in volunteering, education and agriculture. These areas represent collectively the passions of Ross and Andy and are a fitting legacy of their efforts in the Timboon and Port Campbell communities.
The Education scholarship is for an individual for up to three years to financially assist their post-secondary education. The funds will be disbursed for purposes agreed with the sub-committee. The scholarship can be used for attendance at a conference, workshop, seminar, training program (travel, accommodation, registration), to support the purchase of resources required to develop skills, attend leadership programs and contribute to the cost of holding a discussion group meeting on farm.
Find out more at DemoDairy

Rural Chances Scholarship
In partnership with Youthrive Victoria the Rural Chances Scholarship - $5000. Must be under 35 years of age, hold a Centrelink card, studying a certificate III or above, be planning to train in a skill area where there are skills shortages in rural/regional Victoria. Find out more at Youthrive.

Gallipoli Scholarship Awards
$6000 to study a diploma level course at TAFE. Must be an Australian citizen who is a direct descendant of a Service man or woman who has served in the Australian or New Zealand Defence Force in any conflict or peacekeeping role since the First World War. Find out more at Gallipoli Scholarship.

Other Scholarship Opportunities
There are also a number of scholarships available to students studying at TAFE from other funding sources. For a listing of all available scholarships visit the Good Universities Guide.

Learn more about studying with us