Which students need help?

While each student’s case is different, most financial assistance needs conform to a few distinct types.


The short portraits below are typical, and each is based on one or two actual Ormond applicants, with appropriate modifications to their names and stories to protect their privacy.

Students from low socio-economic background

Christine is from a refugee family living in Melbourne’s outer west. She’s worked exceptionally hard to gain the marks for entry into Science at Melbourne, with the dream of becoming a doctor. She’s considered Ormond, but realises her family can provide only very limited support. Even though Christine has the highest possible Youth Allowance and a part-time job, the deficit, to bridge most of the gap between her Centrelink benefit and full yearly expenses, is still over $8,000.

Rural students

Matt lives on a farming property in rural Victoria. His family are doing it tough after several years of unfavourable weather conditions. Matt attended the local secondary school in his area until Year 10, when his grandparents paid for him to do VCE at a private boarding school in Bendigo. Because Centrelink counts the family’s farming assets, Matt is ineligible for government assistance. Matt’s grandparents are willing to give him $15,000 a year. However, even with substantial work on the farm between semesters, he still has a gap of $7,000.

Graduate students

Jacob is from Western Australia, where he studied pharmacy as an undergraduate and worked in a pharmacy for a number of years. He now aspires to be a doctor and has been offered a place in the MD program at Melbourne. Jacob’s father has retired and is unable to provide significant financial support. Jacob is eligible for the full rate of Youth Allowance. He hopes to find work as a pharmacist, but his employer will need to be flexible to fit this role around his study commitments, which total over 40 hours per week. If Jacob limits his work to periods outside of semester, he would require support of $10,000.

Indigenous students

Helen is an Indigenous student from the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She has been accepted into Bachelor of Environments and, as this course is not specifically for Indigenous students, she is not eligible to have her accommodation costs paid by Abstudy. Helen’s parents are separated and her mother is only able to provide a modest amount of support for her to come to Ormond. Helen is therefore looking for a part-time job, which would cover her expenses such as textbooks, clothes and outings, leaving a requirement of $24,000 for a full scholarship to come to Ormond.

Students from developing countries

Thanh is a Vietnamese national who attends an international school in Singapore on a full scholarship. He is exceptionally intelligent and wants to study Science and then Engineering at Melbourne. His father is the head of a government department in Vietnam, but the annual pay is only $16,000 pa. On the basis of his grades, Thanh hopes to receive an International Scholarship to study at Melbourne. Thanh is ineligible for any Australian government or Vietnamese government assistance. If he doesn’t get a scholarship to Melbourne, his parents will consider whether they can afford to take out large loans to finance his education. A full or near-full scholarship would enable Thanh to come to Ormond without undue hardship. Ormond has very few students such as Thanh, as none of our scholarships provide specifically for international students.