Arun Thomas ATSI Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Arun Thomas, a former UniSA alumni and President of the UniSA Student Association as part of ‘giving back’ to his Alma Mater to encourage, support and unlock leadership potential and calibre of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at UniSA. As the former President of UniSA’s student association, he identified the need for further inclusion and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Through consultation with students, board members and the university, Arun initiated, oversaw and led the implementation and creation of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Representative on the board, a new position to bring the voice of Indigenous students to the organisation.  This scholarship is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who demonstrate motivational leadership and social responsibility impacting academia, work, or community, while balancing studies. 

Scholarship details

Value: $1,000 approx. total

Duration: 1 Semester

Application dates

Unknown - check with provider


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants

Areas of study:

  • Any Area of Study

At Institution:

Any institution

Study level:

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Postgraduate research

Study Load:

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


  • SA

Eligibility Criteria

The successful recipient will exhibit a strong sense of community through demonstrating motivational leadership, social responsibility which impacts on academia, work or community.

  • Demonstrated leadership and engagement – family, community, university, volunteer work:
  • Demonstrated ongoing commitment to their studies
  • Future leadership, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Inspiration and role model for other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Further Information

The scholarship will be awarded based on a written statement, curriculum vitae and interview.

Selection will be made by a panel consisting of the donor and 2 other members of staff in UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance.

The recipient must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage and enrolled after the 31 March census date.

Applicants will be required to submit their CV, a statement of intent (500 words), and attend an interview.