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Hear from our scholars

If you’re considering applying for a scholarship, you might have questions about the application process, be seeking some application tips, or perhaps are wondering what it’s like to be a Bond scholar. Who is better placed to provide insight than our scholars themselves? With such a diverse group of students making up our scholarship cohort, every student’s journey is unique. Hear from some of our outstanding scholars below. 

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A scholar’s tips for a standout application

Andie-Lee Cilliers is a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor International Relations student, and Vice Chancellor’s Elite Scholar. Discover her application advice. 

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Tips for applying for our Indigenous Scholarship

We sat down with some of our great mentors and assessors at the Nyombil Centre to chat about what it takes to be the recipient of an Indigenous Scholarship here at Bond.  

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Meet Hannah Schmidt

From the pool to the classroom, scholarship recipient Hannah Schmidt is diving off the blocks into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. 

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Wondering what it’s like to be a VC scholar?

There so many benefits to the Vice Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship other than just full tuition payment. Hear from current VC scholar, and Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations student, Alissa Woods. 

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Hear from past scholars

  • 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Elite scholar

    The Vice Chancellor Elite Scholarship is so much more than a tuition scholarship. As a Vice Chancellor's scholar, you are connected with mentors, welcomed to events with industry leaders, and presented with limitless opportunities to lead and develop the skills that you do not learn in a classroom, preparing you for a successful career. The mentor I was paired with was Marion Charlton, the Chief Operating Officer of Queensland Airports Limited. Now, years after I finished at Bond, Marion continues to be my greatest supporter and I am forever grateful to have been connected with her through the Vice Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship. 

    Lacey Rowett - Solicitor, Australian Conservation Foundation
  • 2018 Vice Chancellor's Elite scholar

    The Vice Chancellor's Elite scholarship was instrumental in my career development. Directly, it helped by putting me in touch with both my incredible mentor and an expansive network of alumni and professionals outside of the Bond community, who I was able to meet with and learn from. There's a strong community of alumni, which has led to opportunities arising for me; Alumni are always more than eager to help! More indirectly, access to that network and the support network inside Bond for the scholars was really helpful as a sounding board for ideas, advice, and personal development; and was truly crucial to many of the formative decisions I've made in my career.

    Martin Floro - Corporate, M&A and Capital Markets Lawyer, Clayton Utz
  • 2009 Vice Chancellor’s Elite scholar

    My Vice Chancellor’s Elite scholarship experience was life changing. It brings together like-minded people who strive for excellence, not only in academia, but in every area of their lives. I was greatly inspired by being part of the Vice Chancellor’s Elite scholar community. To this day, I continue to meet Bondies in my travels. 

    Meagan Ryan - Senior Legal Counsel (Corporate and Intellectual Property), Bega Cheese Limited
  • 1994 Vice Chancellor's Elite scholar

    When I was applying for the Vice Chancellor's Elite scholarship, I had never had to do an interview process like that one before, admittedly I was 17, but the nervousness highlighted to me just how much I wanted it. Being a graduate of Bond gave me a personal confidence that I could go out into the real world and make an impact. The diversity of students, the facilities, and the location help set Bond apart from any other university.  I'll always remember that the size of the student population made it a tight community, and that was a nice feeling. 

    Daniel Kowalski - Head of Olympian Services at the Australian Olympic Committee
  • 2017 Vice Chancellor's Elite Scholar

    The Vice Chancellor Scholarship was a truly life-changing experience for myself. Through the Scholarship, I was introduced to a supportive mentor, a broad network of alumni and leading professionals in a range of fields, who I was able to connect with and learn from. As a Vice Chancellor Scholar, you are constantly provided with opportunities to grow and develop your skill sets, both professionally and personally, which ultimately sets you up for your future career.

    Zuzana Harmaniakova - Native Title Lawyer, QLD South Native Title Services
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Past scholars

Meet former Vice Chancellor's Elite scholar Sophie McNaught

Sophie's career has taken her across the world to San Francisco, working alongside Silicon Valley entrepreneurial powerhouses.

The Fundamentals of Legal Design: Meet course instructor Meera Klemola

The Fundamentals of Legal Design course instructor Meera Klemola reflects on her time at Bond University as a Vice Chancellor's Elite scholar, and how it helped to get her to where she is today - a leading international legal design expert.

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Meet former Vice Chancellor's Elite scholar Matthew McLean

His time at Bond as a Vice Chancellor’s Elite scholar set Matthew up for a successful career in Australia’s capital. 

Scholarship application process

Bond University offers a variety scholarships to reward the talents and achievements of students. Regardless of which scholarship you are applying for, you will need to follow this step-by-step guide to ensure your application is considered.

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Scholarship application tips

Are you applying for a scholarship to study at Bond? Read through our eight top tips to help make your scholarship application stand out.

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With a broad offering for both domestic and international applicants, our scholarship program rewards high achievers in academia, leadership, community engagement, and sport. Discover the right scholarship for you and learn about the application process.

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