The William Buckland Foundation Residential Scholarship Program

 Established in 2014, The William Buckland Foundation Residential Scholarship Program seeks to assist students from rural and regional Victoria to access higher education to complete studies in Agriculture and Land Management. The William Buckland Foundation Residential Scholarship Program builds on Mr Buckland’s desire to assist ‘Australia and Australians’ in ‘agricultural pursuits.’ This substantial scholarship aims to assist students from regional and rural areas with their living accommodations during their three years of study.

Value and duration

Scholarship recipients will receive annual payments for a period of three years. The total value of the scholarship is dependent on the college the student accepts an offer for.  Up to three scholarships are available in 2018. 


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Hold Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • Have completed Year 12 in 2017 OR have completed Year 12 in 2016 and completed an exchange program in 2017 OR will be commencing university studies at the University of Melbourne in 2018 for the first time (having not completed prior university studies at any other institution)
  • Commence full-time studies in Semester 1, 2018, in the Bachelor of Agriculture in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
  • Apply and accept an offer to reside at one of St.Hilda's College, Trinity College or Queen's College
  • Currently be in financial need
  • Currently live in a rural or regional area of Victoria. A rural or isolated area is defined as an area with a Remote Areas (ASGC-RA) Australian Standard Geographic Classification of: RA2 – Inner Regional, RA3 – Outer Regional, RA4 – Remote, or RA5 – Very Remote. The Department of Health and Ageing uses this categorisation system for a number of programs related to medical practice in Australia. You can check the classification of your rural or isolated address on the Department of Health and Ageing website 

You are eligible to apply: 

  • if your residential address is in an area with a classification of RA2 or higher; and
  • (as a year 12 student) if you have completed the final two years of schooling at a rural or regional secondary school (ie. not one in a postcode defined as a major city).

A William Buckland Foundation Scholarship may be held along with any other award or grant, provided the rules of such other awards permit this.

Selection Criteria

In order to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • demonstrate academic ability (based on Year 12 VCE/ATAR results, or equivalent)
  • demonstrate participation in, and commitment to, community/volunteering 
  • provide evidence of living in a rural or regional area 
  • provide a statement of financial disadvantage

Applicants are also required to provide two references:

  • An academic reference from the secondary school attended; and
  • A personal reference from an employer, sporting club, volunteer organisation or other suitable source that can attest to the applicant’s character.

Special Conditions

Scholarship recipients are required to make an application to live at the College for each year of the scholarship. When an application has been received by the College, this will form part of your application. A successful application to live at one of the colleges is required in order to be considered for this scholarship.

Each year, students will be required to submit a report outlining how the scholarship funds were used, their academic performance and community experience. Submission of this report by 30th September is necessary for future payments to be made.

Students are required to maintain a pass grade average throughout their studies, promote the University of Melbourne through contributing to college life and, where opportunities exist, the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS).


Applications for 2018 are now open.

Applications will close Sunday 18 February 2018


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