Online education is a wonderful thing, but as much as we love technology, we know that some lessons are best learned face-to-face.

For students living in rural and remote areas, studying a tertiary course off-campus can be a significant burden. Some activities can't be completed remotely, such as exams. Distance is also a barrier to further learning opportunities such as work experience and professional placement programs. This is increasingly important in the Marketing and Communications field, which has a competitive graduate market.

To help fix this imbalance between on-campus and off-campus learning, we have established a scholarship exclusively for students studying online in regional and remote areas. This scholarship is open to students studying a Marketing, Communications or IT-related tertiary course. For the winner, $2,000 will be awarded to cover travel and accommodation to your campus or nearest capital city over the course of one-year.

This scholarship will give the recipient the freedom to travel and attend:

  • Exams
  • Special workshops, lectures or conferences
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Job interviews and networking opportunities
  • If the recipient chooses to visit Melbourne, a one-week work experience placement at our Richmond office may also be available.

Who can apply?

  • University and TAFE students
  • Currently enrolled in a tertiary course in Marketing, Communications, IT or a related field
  • Completing at least 50% of units online and off-campus
  • Living outside of a major metropolitan area

How do I apply?

To apply, please send us either a 200-400 word written application, OR a 2-5 minute video explaining:

  • Where you live
  • What you're studying
  • What you would use the scholarship for
  • Where you want your career to take you

Video Application: To submit a video application, upload your video to YouTube and include a link to this page (https://www.optimising.com.au/scholarship) in the description so we can find it easily and contact us with a link to the video. Video recorded on your smartphone is fine, we're looking for passion and a clear need, not Hollywood-production quality.

Written Application: Written applications in a preferred PDF format.

Please send your application to scholarship@optimising.com.au.

Terms & Conditions

  • Attending an Australian educational institution
  • Winner will be selected via internal panel based on candidate's responses to application criteria
  • The Optimising Online Marketing Scholarship will be continued each year with applicable application dates listed on this page
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