Awards & Scholarships

The Mathews Prize

The Mathews Prizes are awarded for the best academic performance in the previous year by a resident of each College in his/her first year of undergraduate study at UNSW, other than that of the recipient of the Mathews Scholarship. Each award is to the value of $500 credited to the resident's account for accommodation costs, and is presented at the same time as the Mathews Scholarship.

TKC Award

The Kensington Colleges Award recognises a second year or above resident of the Colleges who is judged by staff and residents to have represented best the ideals of the Colleges in academic achievement, participation in activities of the Colleges, and in service to the University and/or wider community. The award will be in the form of a certificate and will carry a prize of $500. Names of recipients will be placed on an honour board positioned in the Dining Hall.

The Head of College will propose nominees and the General Manager, UNSW Residential Communities and the Executive Director of University Services will decide the winner at the close of Session 2. The award will normally be presented at the Session 1 Commencement Dinner in the following year.

Scholarships

The following scholarships and awards are available to new and current residents of The Kensington Colleges. For information on all other scholarships available to prospective and current UNSW students visit the UNSW Scholarships website and click on Future and Current Students.

Academic Achievement Awards (AAA) - Available to new residents only

The Kensington Colleges will give priority preference for a residential position in one of its three Colleges on campus to AAA recipients in the outer Sydney metropolitan and outside Sydney areas who accept a place at UNSW. However, due to strong demand for College places, recipients should complete and return an application for the Colleges (click on the How to Apply link and click on Download an Application Form) prior to 16th November, 2012.

Places cannot be guaranteed if a College application is not received by that date. AAA applicants may also be required to attend a college interview.

For more information on the Academic Achievement Awards visit the UNSW Scholarships website and click on Future and Current Students.

The Mathews Scholarship - Available to current residents only

The Mathews Scholarship is awarded for the best academic performance in the previous year by a resident of one of The Kensington Colleges in her/his first year of undergraduate study at the University of New South Wales.

  • A scholarship shall be awarded annually and known as the Mathews Scholarship in honour of the memory of the late Dr Frank Mathews.
  • The value of the Scholarship shall be determined by the University. The current value of the Scholarship is $1,500 and is credited to the resident's account for accommodation costs.
  • The Mathews Scholarship shall be awarded for the best academic performance in a year by a resident of The Kensington Colleges enrolled that year, for the first time, in the first year of an undergraduate course at the University of New South Wales. The University may decide that the prize should not be awarded in a particular year because there is no candidate of sufficient merit.
  • The award is made in the following year. The recipients must therefore be undergraduate students who have returned to residence in the Colleges for a further annual term.
  • The prize may be shared by more than one resident if the University so decides.
  • The prize shall be awarded after considering recommendations made by the Head of College. The decision is normally based on the identification of the candidate with the highest average mark.

The Fell Scholarship - Available to current residents only

The Fell Scholarship is awarded to returning residents in who have achieved outstanding results the previous year in the following areas - Medicine; Law/International Studies/Arts/Fine Arts; Science/Built Environment/Commerce and Engineering. The value of the Scholarship is $500 and is credited to the residents account for accommodation costs.

The Philip Baxter Rural Engineering Residential Scholarship - Available to new residents only

This Residential Scholarship has been established to assist recipients of a scholarship within the Faculty of Engineering Rural Scholarship Program with accommodation costs at Philip Baxter College (UNSW), and is tenable for up to four years.

The Residential Scholarship is valued at $3,000 per annum, payable as two credit notes of $1,500 redeemable at the start of Session One and Two. The credit notes are only redeemable for accommodation expenses at the Philip Baxter College (UNSW).

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic merit, interview performance, and their Kensington Colleges application. Consideration may be given to financial need.

How to Apply:

  • Submit an application for the Faculty of Engineering Rural Scholarship Program by the closing date and tick the box indicating that you would like to be considered for the Residential Scholarship.
  • Submit an application for College accommodation to The Kensington Colleges by October (mid-November at the latest) noting a preference for Philip Baxter College and that you have applied for a scholarship within the Faculty of Engineering Rural Scholarship Program.

The Kensington Colleges Alliance Catering Scholarship - Available to current residents only

The Kensington Colleges Catering Contractor, 'Alliance Catering' (part of the Spotless Services Group) has generously provided an amount of $10,000 each year as a scholarship to be awarded to one returning resident or divided between several returning residents on the basis of financial hardship.

Payment of Scholarship: The amount will be awarded to the resident for the whole year, but paid in half as a credit towards accommodation fees for each Session. The resident awarded the scholarship must pay their college fees in full before week 12 of each Session; otherwise they will forfeit the scholarship. If a resident wishes to enter into an instalment plan, they must meet the payments on the instalment plan otherwise they will forfeit the scholarship.

Selection of Scholar(s):
The Alliance Catering Scholarship(s) will be awarded by the General Manager and Head of College. How to Apply: In 2012 residents can apply in writing to the Head of College any time during Week 5 and 6 of Semester 1. The successful candidates will be advised after the mid-semester break. Applications should include a record of the students academic achievements and contribution to College as well as stating why they require the financial benefit.