Scholarships & Bursaries
Lincoln College offers a range of scholarships and bursaries, and there is no fee to apply.

There are several scholarships and bursaries open to applicants each year

Thanks to generous former residents and benefactors, Lincoln College is in a position to offer scholarships and bursaries to students who might not otherwise be in a position to live at Lincoln. The scholarships Lincoln offers each have different criteria, and there are opportunities for both new residents applying for Lincoln and returning residents already living with us. Scholarship applications are reviewed by an independent committee each year.

The scholarships on offer are listed below. To apply for a scholarship, please read the criteria of each one to determine the best fit for your circumstances and download the Information Sheet for the scholarship you wish to apply for. Please note the information required and the due date, then click Apply when you are ready to complete the online form.

There is no cost to apply for a scholarship or bursary, so we encourage new College applicants and returning residents to fill out an application form.

Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the Head of College and are designed to help ease the financial burden of those in genuine need. In particular, Lincoln College acknowledges those disadvantages from genuine financial need, those from remote areas and those with a disability.

Please click ‘Apply Now’ to apply for a bursary and provide the requested information. There are a limited number of bursaries available to both new and returning residents.

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The Ben Henderson Country Student Scholarships were specifically created for rural South Australian students attending university in Adelaide and living at Lincoln College.

The Henderson Country Student Scholarship is for students moving into Lincoln College for the first time. It requires the recipient to meet the financial criterion exemplifying the notion of ‘good character’, academic competency and contribution to community life. Benefactor Ben Henderson’s intention was to give others a chance to succeed and to ‘do good in the world’.

Please download the Henderson Country Scholarship for New Residents Information Sheet to check you meet the criteria. When ready, click ‘Apply Now’ to start your application.

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The Reverend Dr Geoff Scott Memorial Scholarship is in memory of the former Principal of Lincoln College, Rev Dr Geoff Scott, who passed away in 2013. Lincoln’s close association with overseas students was brought closer during Geoff’s term as Principal from 1984 to 1994.

The Rev Dr Geoff Scott Memorial Scholarships are available to students from Singapore and Malaysia who are prospective members of the College who are applying for their first year and will be full-time students at a South Australian tertiary institution. They should also have shown potential in their chosen field of study.

Please download the Rev Dr Geoff Scott Memorial Scholarship Information Sheet to check you meet the criteria. When ready, click ‘Apply Now’ to start your application.

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The Ben Henderson Country Student Scholarships were created explicitly for rural South Australian students attending university in Adelaide and living at Lincoln College.

The Henderson Country Student Scholarship for Returning Residents is for students returning to Lincoln College for a second or subsequent year. It requires the recipient to meet the financial criterion whilst exemplifying the notion of ‘good character’, academic competency and contribution to community life. Benefactor Ben Henderson intended to give others a chance to succeed and ‘do good in the world’.

Please download the Henderson Country Scholarship for Returning Residents Information Sheet to check you meet the criteria. When ready, click ‘Apply Now’ to start your application.

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The Frank Hambly Memorial Scholarship was established to commemorate the service to Lincoln College of the Reverend William Frank Hambly, M.A, D.D, who was Master of the College from its inception in 1952 to his death in 1972.

This scholarship is open to returning residents and is awarded to recognise and encourage academic excellence.

Please download the Information Sheet to check you meet the criteria. When ready, click ‘Apply Now’ to start your application.

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The Jubilee Scholarship was instituted by the Council of the College to celebrate 50 years of continuous service to university students in South Australia since the opening of the College by the Methodist Church in 1952.

This scholarship is made possible thanks to the generous donations of past collegians who have contributed to the Jubilee Scholarship fund. It is open to returning residents entering their second or subsequent year at Lincoln College. It is intended to reward all-around academic achievement and contribution to community life at Lincoln.

Please download the Information Sheet to check you meet the criteria. When ready, click ‘Apply Now’ to start your application.

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Andrew Smith was a resident at Lincoln College from 1958 to 1963 and graduated M.B. from the University of Adelaide. Whilst a student, Andrew participated in student affairs. He was a member of the Rowing 8 in the High Table Cup Competition, the year in which Lincoln College beat St. Marks for the first time. In 1963, his fellow students elected him president of the Lincoln College Club.

In 2009 Andrew Smith endowed a Scholarship at Lincoln College. The Council agreed to name this scholarship the Jane Smith Scholarship in recognition of the contribution of Andrew’s wife Jane has made to Lincoln College. Whilst Jane is not an Alumna of the College, she is a true friend to Lincoln, and her friendship, advice and hospitality have blessed many of its residents. She has also extensively supported Andrew in his endeavours with the College.

This scholarship is open to returning residents entering their second or subsequent year at Lincoln College.

Please download the Information Sheet to check you meet the criteria. When ready, click ‘Apply Now’ to start your application.

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Dr CK Cheong (alumnus 1962 – 63), or ‘C.K.’ as he is affectionately known, is one of Lincoln College’s most illustrious alumni. Dr CK Cheong has served in the Singaporean and S.E. Asian communities in the areas of governance, leadership and finance. IN 2012, Dr Cheong endowed a scholarship for a student at Lincoln College who is achieving in areas of mathematics or science.

This scholarship is open to returning residents entering their second or subsequent year at Lincoln College and is intended to reward academic excellence in mathematics or science.

Please download the Information Sheet to check you meet the criteria. When ready, click ‘Apply Now’ to start your application.

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In April 2009, the family of alumnus Datuk Dr Sam Abraham provided a seeing endowment for what has become the Colombo Spirit Scholarship.

Lincoln Alumnus Sam Abraham was a recipient of a Colombo exchange from Malaysia. This scholarship has been created to reflect his enduring spirit and legacy, as well as the spirit of the Colombo venture: knowledge, skills, friendship, cultural exchange, and people-to-people relationships.

The Colombo Plan was crucial to the growth of Australian tertiary education in the international market. Lincoln College has long benefited from the short-term and long-term effects of the Colombo Plan and the scholars who travelled here to earn their degrees via the scheme. The College has had Colombo Plan recipients in residence from several Colombo plan countries, mainly Malaysia. Their spirit imbues the spirit of Lincoln College.

Though not often acknowledged, the Colombo Plan students, particularly those from Malaysia (the single biggest group), played a significant part in reshaping Australia, its culture, its values and its people. Many of those students were active not only in their universities as student leaders but worked across the spectrum of employment during their vacations, lived with Australian families and spent countless hours speaking at service club meetings. Their contribution to Australia, whilst unmeasured, was as enormous as it is valuable…”in the case of Malaysia and Australia, the Colombo Plan was the foundation for an enduring understanding based on people-to-people relationships.”
p 13, 1951-2001: The Colombo Plan; Geoff Sauer (Ed.)

Please download the Information Sheet to check you meet the criteria. When ready, click ‘Apply Now’ to start your application.

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