Available to:
Future or Current Indigenous student at The University of Queensland

Level of study:

Year of study:
Any year of an undergraduate degree

Australian (Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander descent)

This award is named in honour of Joseph (Joe) Croft who was probably the first Aboriginal student to attend university in Australia. He entered St John’s College in March 1944 and, although he did not graduate, he became a surveyor in northern Queensland, and on the Snowy Mountains hydroelectric scheme. He was later associated with Charles Perkins in the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Award Value:
Substantial remission of fees (if ineligible for Abstudy). Depending on Abstudy status, possible cash grant. Additional $1,200 as support for educational requirements

The award will extend for the period of each recipient’s undergraduate degree program (3-4 years) subject to satisfactory progress

1st September (for awards to be held the following year)

Continuing/returning students:  4pm on Monday, 12 October 2020
New/First Year students:  4pm on Friday, 15 January 2021

  • A recipient must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Written documentation from a relevant community Elder will be required to establish this claim
  • A recipient must be a full-time, undergraduate student of The University of Queensland or have been offered a place at The University of Queensland
  • A recipient must be undertaking her/his first undergraduate degree program
  • A recipient must remain a full-time student at The University of Queensland for the period of the award
  • A recipient must have been accepted into St John’s College and must be a resident of the College for the period of the award
  • A recipient must make satisfactory progress towards the completion of her/his degree program
About The Awards
  • This award is offered annually to up to two Indigenous students to a attend The University of Queensland as undergraduates while residing at St John’s College
  • The award will provide contributions for educational requirements (textbooks, computer, etc.) of up to $1,200 per recipient
  • The successful applicants will usually be eligible for Abstudy but, where this is not the case, the award will include a substantial remission of College fees on a semester by semester basis
  • Depending on the availability of Abstudy funding for College fees, a significant cash grant may be available over and above the remission of College fees
  • The award will extend for the period of each recipients’ undergraduate degree program (3 – 4 years) subject to satisfactory progress
  • Each recipient will be allocated a senior College student mentor and a St John’s College Foundation mentor to provide further assistance and support
How To Apply
Applicants for the scholarship must apply to the Warden of St John’s College by the closing date using the St John’s College Award Application Form.
For More Information
Contact St John’s College Admissions Officer at admissions@stjohns.uq.edu.au.