Santa Singh and Balwant Kaur Scholarship

Pretam Kaur, in memory of her parents, established the Santa Singh and Balwant Kaur Scholarship in 2020 for Indigenous women experiencing financial hardship.

Scholarship details

Value: $5,000 approx. total

Duration: 1 Semester

Application dates

Unknown - check with provider


This scholarship is for:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants
Financial equity
Women only

Areas of study:

  • Any Area of Study

At Institution:

  • RMIT University

Study level:

  • Undergraduate
  • Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Postgraduate research
  • Short executive courses

Study Load:

  • Full Time


  • VIC

Eligibility Criteria

“To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
Be an Australian citizen;
Be an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
Identify as a woman;
Be full-time studying in a certificate IV, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree or bachelor degree in semester 2, 2020;
Register with the Ngarara Willim Centre and provide documentation showing that you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander by the close date. Proof of Aboriginality must be from a recognised Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community organisation and must have a common seal;
Be passionate about your education;
Be able to demonstrate financial and/or educational disadvantage such as:
Receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card;
Having a long term medical condition or disability which impacts your study;
Have previously/are currently living in foster/kinship care or are a ward of the state;
Experiencing difficult family/social circumstances;
Have/will be relocating from interstate or rural/regional Victoria to study at RMIT;
Completed your secondary education at a School Network Access Program school.

How to Apply

“The online application form will be made available here when applications open. In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit a complete online application. Partial applications will not be assessed.

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.”

Further Information

“Pretam Kaur, in memory of her parents, established the Santa Singh and Balwant Kaur Scholarship in 2020 for Indigenous women experiencing financial hardship.

A message from Pretam Kaur:

“My father Santa Singh and my mother Balwant Kaur were born in British India in Punjab. They were illiterate, starving, poor, and came to British Malaya before 1940 as coolie labourers. I was born in Malaya in early 1945 when bombs were falling. In 1951, my mother wanted to send me to English school like my two older brothers. The Sikh community opposed my parents and shamed and ostracised them. The Punjabi school in the temple was considered sufficient for girls. English schools were meant only for boys.

My parents fought the entire community and sent me to English school with love and devotion. My parents supported my education even when they had no money. In 1965 I went to university, my brothers didn’t.

My parents’ gift of education changed my life. The story of their courage and determination has defined me. The scholarships for Indigenous women come from my parents to you, colonised and impoverished as they were, to connect to the oldest culture, and join with your dreaming.””