Applications are now open for the 2015 Gallipoli Scholarships and Bill Hall MemorialScholarships for 1st year university students from NSW and the ACT.

The $5,000 tax free scholarships assist students under the age of 25 to undertake the first year of an approved degree course at a NSW or ACT university.

Up to seven Scholarships are awarded each year and applications for this year’s award close on 1st March.

Gallipoli Scholarship Fund Chairman, Major General Arthur Fittock AO (Rtd), in announcing the 2015 applications, said that the first aim was to provide significant assistance to deserving and meritorious students with a 60% weighting factor to financial need and 40% to educational merit.

“Secondly, as the name implies, applicants must be a lineal descendant of an Australian WW1 ex-serviceman or woman, or for the Bill Hall Scholarship, a lineal descendant of an Australian WW2 veteran”, General Fittock said.

“In addition to the educational and financial criteria, applicants are also expected to demonstrate a commitment to their school with special achievements in relevant areas”, he said.

Since its inception in 1998 more than 70 first year university students have benefited from the scholarships.

Bill Hall OAM BEM was the founder of the Gallipoli Scholarships and served in the Battle of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea in WW2 and the Scholarship in his name was first awarded in 2006.

The successful applicants are presented with their scholarships at an awards ceremony at Merrylands RSL on 16th April in the lead up to Anzac Day.

The scholarship is supported by individuals, some companies, various RSL and Services Clubs and RSL sub-branches, and the RSL and Services Clubs Association.

More information about the scholarships.