We are a national independent charity who aim to help the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women to a better future through higher education. We aim to provide financial assistance on the basis of necessitous and deserving circumstances. Our scholarships assist those selected to achieve a base-level qualification which will allow them to enter the workforce in their chosen career.

Our students attend universities, TAFE colleges and other approved tertiary institutions around Australia. Over the years our students have gone on to be artists, nurses, psychiatrists, sports science students, teachers, musicians, social workers, climate change engineers, doctors, meteorologists and oceanographers.

The list of different professions goes on and on. AVCAT are here to help you pursue your dream for your chosen career.

 Eligibility Criteria

To apply for an AVCAT scholarship you must be:

  • The child or grandchild of a person with operational service (as defined by the legislation) or three or more years continuous full-time other service, as a member of the Australian Navy, Army or Air Force.
  • Enrolled (or planning to enrol) in a full-time undergraduate tertiary course of one or more academic years duration by attendance in an Australian Institution.
  • Eligible on income and assets grounds for the Centrelink Youth Allowance full-time educational benefits, at the time of application if currently in full-time education. (NB students may elect to receive VCES instead of Youth Allowance).
  • An Australian resident.

Step, adopted, foster children or wards of a veteran are eligible, but grandchildren must be the direct descendant of a veteran. Operational service for AVCAT purposes includes eligible war service, war-like service and peace-keeping / peace-making service.

Your parent or grandparent must have served in the AUSTRALIAN Army, Navy or Air Force. Service with the Armed forces of other nations or service as a merchant mariner or as civilian in Vietnam or elsewhere, is not acceptable for any of our scholarships.

Precedent indicates that the majority of recipients are aged between 18 and 25 years. Likewise, the majority of the scholarships on offer are aimed towards this age group. However, mature-aged students may apply. Such applicants need to demonstrate how their delay in pursuing tertiary studies is related to circumstances affected by the veteran and their war-service.

Studies should be within Australia – studies outside Australia are not eligible.

Where a first degree is a pre-requisite for entry to a professional degree, eg medicine / architecture at some universities, a double degree is then acceptable.

Those seeking to achieve a Masters degree or Doctorate will also be considered, but will be treated as a lower priority to those seeking to achieve a base-level qualification which will allow them to enter the workforce in their chosen career.

How to apply for a Scholarship

Applications for 2017 OPEN on 18 August, 2016.

To apply for a 2017 scholarship please contact us to add your name to our 2017 Expression of Interest Register. Applications will open on 18 August 2016.  An application form will be emailed to you or posted if preferred.

The application forms and information guide will be available to download from this website when the applications open.

About our Scholarships

Most scholarships run for three or four years, some will continue for longer at the donor’s discretion and review.

Types of scholarships offered:

National Scholarships: AVCAT Commemorative Bursary, Long Tan, Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) Foundation, AVCAT, VVFA George Quinsey OAM, Legacy Australia, John Gough Memorial Scholarship, National RSL, Vietnam Veterans and Peace-keepers/Peace-makers Association.

Regional Scholarships: Brisbane Water Legacy Club, RSL Chatswood Club/Sub-branch, TLC, TLC Disability Grant, TPI Association NSW, TPI Association SA, Vietnam Veterans’ Association of South Australia “Daryl Knapp” Scholarship, War Widows Guild of Australia (NSW), Newtown RSL Sub-branch, Dee Why RSL Club, Port Macquarie RSL.

Read more about our Scholarships here


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