Purpose of the Scholarship

The Gallipoli Scholarship Fund seeks to perpetuate among young Australians an understanding of those enduring traditions of perseverance, courage, self-sacrifice and mateship that were established so indelibly in the cause of world peace at Gallipoli, and thereafter on other battlefields and peace operations. It helps inform and remind Australians of the sacrifices of those who served Australia in conflicts and peace operations, and thereby contributes to the future security of our nation and our national values of democracy, freedom, and the rule of law.

The Scholarship provides financial assistance to the most deserving and meritorious Australian applicants, commencing their first year of tertiary study at a University or TAFE at Degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, in the year of application. In assessing suitability for an award, a 60% weighting applies to necessitous circumstances and a 40% weighting to educational merit. Currently, the Scholarship does not extend beyond one year.

Scholarship applicants must be able to verify family lineage to an Australian who served for Australia in either World War I or World War II. They must be a direct descendant.

The Award

Each scholarship will be worth $5000 tax free to undertake the first year of an approved degree study at a NSW or ACT University. The $5000 is distributed to successful applicants in two packages - one at the presentation ceremony, and the second on successful completion of the first semester. Continuation for the full year will depend on satisfactory progress. Accordingly, Scholarship recipients are to advise the Scholarship Committee of their progress at the end of each semester.


An applicant for the Scholarship must be:

  • A lineal descendant of an Australian World War I ex-serviceman or ex-servicewoman, or, for the Bill Hall Memorial Scholarship, a lineal descendant of an Australian World War II veteran.
  • An Australian citizen resident in NSW or the ACT.
  • Under 25 years of age on or before 1st March in the year in which you are applying;.
  • Able to explain the importance of the Gallipoli tradition to our nation and peoples, or, for the Bill Hall Memorial Scholarship, able to explain the importance of the battle at Milne Bay.
  • Commencing the first year of your course in the year in which you are applying;

Your application will provide details of your eligibility by:

  • drawing the family tree which traces your relationship to the WW1 or WW2 veteran.
  • being able to authenticate the family tree should that be requested (the R&SL in your local area can advise you on authentication issues).
  • including a copy of your birth certificate.
  • enclosing your essay describing the Gallipoli tradition etc or, for the Bill Hall Memorial Scholarship, your essay concerning Milne Bay.

 See How to Apply for more details.