RUSU Student Life

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RUSU Student Life Awards

We want to recognise the outstanding contributions, big and small, that RMIT students make to university culture, outside the classroom. Open to all RMIT students: Clubs, volunteers, mentors, SSCC Reps, and the all the good people of our community, we want you! Scholarships prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 up for grabs. Online applications are now open! 

HURRY! Applications close July 30.


$250 Scholarships

Do you know someone who goes to extraordinary lengths to get to every class? Someone for whom the laws of time and space should prevent them from participating at university but they always make it happen? RUSU would like to recognise a student who travels a great distance from home to university, and still manages to show up to everything - we think you’re a star!

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must provide proof of residence. This could be in the form of a lease agreement, utilities bills or Centrelink correspondence addressed to them or any official letter.
  • Must provide evidence of which RMIT Campus the student usually attends.

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • Letter from a tutor or lecturer confirming that class is regularly attended.
  • Certificates or evidence of participation in RMIT activities.

Apply for the Determination To Learn scholarship NOW!

We know that returning to study, or getting started later in life is no walk in the park. This award seeks to recognise the contribution, determination and dedication of RMIT’s older students.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must provide proof of age.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • What were your motivations for studying later in life or for returning to study?
  • How have you contributed to campus culture, outside of the classroom, during your studies at RMIT?

Apply for the Learning Late in Life Award scholarship NOW!

Do you know someone who is the embodiment of a humanitarian spirit? The Humanitarian Award aims to recognise a student who has gone above and beyond to support and help their fellow students. This is your opportunity to recognise someone who has gone to extraordinary lengths to lend a helping hand to their peers. Examples provided may be related to work that they’ve done within an extra-curricular activity on campus, acts of kindness and generosity towards fellow students at a difficult period at university, or the quality of being consistently willing to support fellow students.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must provide anecdotal evidence of the student’s humanitarian spirit. What have they done, and how have their altruistic or charitable acts impacted on other students?

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • How does the student display the qualities of compassion, humanity and generosity towards others?
  • A letter of support from a student who has been impacted by the nominee’s humanitarian actions.

Apply for the Humanitarian Award scholarship NOW!

This award is open to all affiliated RUSU Clubs and Societies. It seeks to reward a Club or Society who has run an event, program or initiative in 2018 that has enriched RMIT’s campus environment and the student experience.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT Affiliated Club or Society.
  • Must NOT be an executive member of the club and a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must be a Clubs/Societies initiative that has benefited the club membership or the University community.
  • Must demonstrate the pre-planning and evaluation (where applicable) of the initiative, including but not limited to: budget use, projected outcomes and objectives and number of students who engaged with the initiative.

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • What campus or student issue, need or experience did the initiative address or endorse?
  • Demonstration of the outcomes achieved and evidence that the initiative was either effective in engaging students, or contributed to creating an inclusive campus environment.

Apply for the Best Club Initiative scholarship NOW!

Do you know someone who is always prepared to go the extra mile, attends every meeting or carries out endless acts of kindness but never seeks recognition or reward? This is the opportunity to celebrate their contribution and hard work. The student doesn’t necessarily stand out as a leader, but they are the one who is first to put their hand up to help out at an event, or to demonstrate courage and initiative when an issue arises on campus, and they are passionate about a positive experience for all students.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must provide anecdotal evidence of how the student made an impact on the causes or groups that they’re involved in?
  • Must provide anecdotal evidence of the attributes or actions characterise the student as a “Team Player”?

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • A letter of recommendation from a member or an executive member of a club they are a member of or a university staff member who has worked with the student.

Apply for the Team Player Award scholarship NOW!

RUSU recognises that Student Representatives on the Staff-Student Consultative Committee (SSCC) do much more than just meeting with their teaching staff - they are crucial to ensuring that the student voice is reflected throughout their study program. Do you know an SSCC representative who has gone above and beyond to represent the needs of students in their course? The successful student would be strongly committed to consulting with their student body, regularly attending SSCC meetings, and always sees an matter through to the end. They may have played a key role in bringing an important change in the program to fruition and improving student’s academic experience, or their demonstrated their worth through sheer commitment and faithfulness to the role.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current SSCC representative, or have held the position within the last 12 months.
  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must provide evidence of the duration the student has occupied their position on the SSCC?
  • Must demonstrate which program-related issues has the student addressed through the SSCC?

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • How has the student gone about involving students from their program in the work of the SSCC (both seeking the views of their peers and reporting back to others on the work of the SSCC)?
  • What positive changes has the student helped to realise in their program structure?
  • A letter of recommendation from a student or academic staff member from the student’s program.

Apply for the SSCC Student Champion scholarship NOW!

Do you know someone who has invested all of their energy and passion into fundraising for a cause that they care about? This is for the student who runs endless bake sales, or is a fun run fundraising champion, or maybe a crowdfunding pro. The Most Charitable Student Award recognises the generous contributions that RMIT students make to the world around them. RUSU would like to give back to the student who gives to our community’s most pressing causes.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must demonstrate which cause/s has the student fundraised for?
  • Must provide evidence of fundraising processes and the amount/s fundraised.
  • Must provide evidence of how the fundraising benefited the cause or organisation fundraised for? How are the funds raised to be used?
  • Must provide evidence of the money raised being donated to the cause.

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • Photo or video documentation of the student’s fundraising efforts that demonstrate a creative, original or spirited approach to their fundraising campaign/s.

Apply for the Most Charitable Student Award scholarship NOW!

Do you know a champion of peer support? Someone who’s always there to lending a helping hand to fellow students and who epitomises the qualities of patience and compassion? This award is to recognise an individual’s contribution to student mentor and peer support programs on campus.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must provide evidence of contribution to mentor and/or peer support programs, such as:
    • RUSU English Language Program
    • Compass
    • Student Rights Volunteer Program
    • Mates at RMIT
    • SLAMs Program at RMIT
  • Submissions should demonstrate significant activity in the last 12 months, but may also draw on previous relevant activity.

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • How has the student exhibited a genuine care for the learning experience of their peers?
  • How does the student foster trust and respect with their peers through their mentor/support role?

Apply for the Student Peer Supporter Award scholarship NOW!

RMIT and RUSU’s dedicated volunteers contribute thousands of hours each year to initiatives that greatly improve the student experience on campus. This award recognises a student who has contributed an outstanding number of hours to volunteering on campus. Do you find yourself spending a lot of your free time on campus volunteering? This award could be yours!

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must provide evidence of volunteering on campus, and number of hours contributed in 2018.
  • Must demonstrate their commitment to the enhancement of student life through their volunteerism?

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • A reference or letter from a volunteer supervisor supporting the student’s contribution to the volunteer program and confirming the number of hours contributed.

Apply for the Hyper-Volunteer Award scholarship NOW!

RUSU recognises that volunteers play a invaluable role in supporting a positive and dynamic campus environment. This award recognises someone who has shown outstanding commitment to volunteerism across various programs RMIT and RUSU, and their impressive dedication to the enhancement of student life.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must be a current, active volunteer with at least one program on campus at RMIT.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must demonstrate a sustained and dedicated volunteer contribution to a wide range of RMIT and RUSU programs and initiatives.
  • Must demonstrate their commitment to the enhancement of student life through their volunteerism?

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • How has their volunteer contribution on campus made an impact on the student community? This might include number of the issues or needs that have been addressed through their volunteerism or the number of students who have directly benefited from the volunteer’s contribution.
  • A reference from each volunteer supervisor, detailing the volunteer’s personal attributes and contribution to the program.

Apply for the Career Volunteer scholarship NOW!



$500 Scholarships

A positive, healthy campus environment starts with student safety and wellbeing. This award recognises that student leaders play a crucial role in improving campus safety, and will be presented to the President of a RUSU Affiliated Club or Society who has prioritised and promoted student safety and wellbeing through their club activities and trained the highest number of members in Bringing in the Bystander.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must be a current executive member of a RUSU Affiliated Club or Society.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • Evidence of completing ‘Bringing in the Bystander’ training, ‘Consent Matters’ training or delivering events which promote inclusivity on campus. Evidence can include pre-planning documents and budget expenditure on relevant initiatives.
  • This information will be verified with the RUSU Clubs and Societies Officer.

Apply for the Campus Safety Ambassador Award scholarship NOW!

The Pathways Award recognises a student who has demonstrated incredible determination, patience, persistence and commitment to their study, but working their way up through different levels of qualifications at RMIT. A successful applicant would have progressed through three different ascending qualifications at RMIT.

For example, through VCE, Vocational Education qualification, Associates Degree, Diploma, to a Higher Education Undergraduate qualification, Honours, Masters, HDR studies. Criteria:

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student and currently enrolled in postgraduate studies.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must provide evidence of consecutive enrolment in progressive (ascending) qualifications at RMIT.

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • Any documents which demonstrate the individual’s determination to succeed and commitment to their studies and academic or vocational aspirations.

Apply for the Pathways Award scholarship NOW!

Do you have a club leader who is always there for your group? They continually strive for the best for the club, are passionate about the clubs cause and are committed to developing a positive and supportive culture within the club. As a leader, they provide strong direction and inspiration for the group, but are also a keen collaborator, willing to negotiate and make compromises to support other club members. The successful nominee for this award strives to uphold all RUSU and RMIT policies and procedures, and always acts in the best interests of RUSU, the University and their student body.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must currently hold an executive position with a RUSU affiliated Club or Society.
  • Must provide evidence of how the leader made an impact on their club’s development?

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • How does the leader foster positive relationships amongst their club members?
  • How have they displayed a commitment to the club’s objectives and purpose?

Apply for the Outstanding Club Leade scholarship NOW!

RUSU could not possibly pursue its purpose to support and empower RMIT students without its most dedicated and loyal volunteers. This award recognises a RUSU Volunteer who has devoted their time to improving student life on campus over numerous years.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must be a current RUSU volunteer, and have volunteered with RUSU for at least two consecutive years.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must demonstration a sustained and dedicated volunteer contribution over a number of consecutive years volunteering with RUSU.
  • Must provide anecdotal evidence of how have they demonstrated a commitment to the enhancement of student life through their volunteerism?

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • The number of hours contributed to the RUSU Volunteer Program each year (provided by the Student Engagement Officer).
  • How has their volunteer contribution on campus made an impact on the student community? This might include the number of the areas or campus issues that the student has contributed to through their volunteerism or the number of students who have directly benefited from the volunteer’s contribution.
  • A reference from a volunteer supervisor, detailing the volunteer’s personal attributes and contribution to the program.

Apply for the RUSU Volunteer Veteran scholarship NOW!

Do you know someone who is actively working to financially support themselves? This award recognises that supporting oneself through a tertiary qualification is considerably more difficult when you’re doing it independently, full-time and living out of home. We here at RUSU want to reward the resilience this student has shown to keep going when life gets hectic. This award acknowledges someone who works exceptionally hard to keep themselves financially independent and involved at university.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current, full-time student at RMIT.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must present timesheets/pay slips from one (but preferably multiple) employers.
  • Must provide evidence of economic independence. This may be demonstrated through:
    • Centrelink statements.
    • Lease agreement or evidence of living out of home.
    • Proof that your parental home is in an inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote area or that you needed to move away from your parental home to study.
    • Have, or have had, a dependent child.
    • Or another instance of independence not listed above.

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • A letter of recommendation from an employer, manager or supervisor with contact details supplied.

Apply for the Independence Award scholarship NOW!

Have you been actively involved in a campaign that has achieved tangible outcomes? Do you advocate for change in a pragmatic manner? Student advocacy and campaigning lie at the heart of RUSU’s work, and we’d like to celebrate the work of an individual who has dedicated their time and energy to advocating for positive change within RMIT.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current student at RMIT.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must detail what issue or area has the student advocated for?
  • Must provide evidence that the campaign or advocacy work has been spearheaded or curated by the nominee, or represents a significant component of a large scale campaign.
  • Must provide evidence of applications for advocacy work in which the student only made a minor contribution or where the student did not hold a leadership position are not eligible for an award.
  • Must demonstrate how has their advocacy made an impact in the RMIT community? This may include the number of students or individuals who have engaged with the student’s campaign or any positive policy or practical changes that have occurred as a result of the campaign, etc.

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • Examples of campaign materials, in the form of photos, videos, social media campaigns, letters and other written documentation.
  • Background information on the issue advocated for or against.

Apply for the Student Advocate Award scholarship NOW!

Looking after yourself while studying can be a challenge enough, but there are those in the RMIT student community who balance study whilst providing unpaid full-time care to a family member or friend. This award seeks to recognise and support the incredible work of a student carer, and acknowledge their compassion and resilience.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must provide evidence of full-time carer status.

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • How does full-time caring impact on your university commitments?
  • How would this scholarship support you in your role as a carer or student?

Apply for the Carer Award scholarship NOW!

This award recognises a student who has overcome significant barriers or challenges to be a part of their student community. The successful nominee has demonstrated courage and determination to overcome adversity and make a meaningful contribution to campus life.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must provide evidence of what the challenges or barriers that had to be overcome in order to achieve this?
  • Must provide evidence of what contribution has the student made to student life on campus? Please provide evidence of participation in programs, activities and/or advocacy where relevant.
  • Must demonstrate the students courage and determination to participate in student life?

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor of the student’s extra-curricular activities, or fellow member of a program the student is involved in on campus, who has witnessed the student’s journey to overcome barriers to participation.

Apply for the Resilience Award scholarship NOW!



$1000 Scholarships

Do you know someone who has inspired and supported those around them to step up and get involved in student life on campus? They’ve got a ‘can-do’ attitude and are always prepared to take the initiative to make things happen. This award is for an RMIT student who has provided outstanding leadership in student activities or organisations on campus, offering generosity, patience, mentorship and compassion towards their fellow students. They have a genuine passion for improving the student experience, and an unwavering sense of responsibility and care for advancing the welfare of their fellow students.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must provide evidence of the activities and programs that the student has been involved in must be concrete, established and identifiable programs that are associated with RMIT or RUSU.
  • Must provide evidence of contributions to the wider community will also be considered, but only as secondary to on-campus activities.
  • Must provide written and/or photographic evidence and explanation of initiatives or programs that the student has led on campus.
  • Must demonstrate how the student provided leadership for other students and/or student organisations at RMIT? What leadership qualities do they possess, and how do they demonstrate this?
  • Must demonstrate how the student demonstrated a commitment to the improvement of student welfare and campus life? What impact have they made to student life on campus?
  • Must demonstrate how the student foster positive working relationships and support fellow students to participate in campus life?

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • A letter of recommendation from a member of a program, activity or initiative that the student has had significant involvement with.
  • Evidence of long-term and/or leadership contributions prior to, or outside of their studies at RMIT.
  • Explanation of how the scholarship would support the student’s engagement on campus.

Apply for the Leader of the Year scholarship NOW!

Do you know a person who always springs to mind as soon as you hear the words ‘student life’? Someone who is always keen to get involved in whatever’s happening in the student community and who genuinely cares about their fellow students. Well, this award is for them. There’s no ‘student life’, without students who are passionate about curating, developing and supporting it, and RUSU wants to recognise a student who gives their all to student life on campus. They’re passionate about a positive and inclusive campus environment, they bring boundless energy and enthusiasm to everything they do, and they’re a loyal, supportive and spirited member of the team. You’re not quite sure how they’ve managed to get involved in just about everything, but they do, and student life initiatives are where they’re in their element. Maybe they’re born with it, maybe they’re the Student Life Champion.

Criteria:

  • Must be a current RMIT student.
  • Must NOT be a current Office Bearer for the Union, employee of the Union, Catalyst editor or RMITV Office bearer.
  • Must NOT have been a RUSU Office Bearer in 2017 or 2018.
  • Must provide evidence of the activities and programs that the student has been involved must be concrete, established and identifiable programs that are associated with RMIT or RUSU.
  • Must provide written evidence and explanation of extra-curricular initiatives or programs that the student has participated in on campus. Applications which demonstrate significant and meaningful engagement with each program will be favoured.
  • Must demonstrate how the student shows a genuine care and concern for student wellbeing and a positive campus environment? Applications which provide both qualitative (i.e. anecdotal examples of the student’s actions and/or qualities or attributes) and quantitative (i.e. number of committees sat on, number of hours volunteered etc.) evidence will be favoured.
  • Must demonstrate how has the student made a positive impact on student life and/or contributed to positive development of student life program/s.

Recommended supporting documentation:

  • A letter of recommendation from a supervising member of a program, activity or initiative that the student has had significant involvement with.
  • Evidence of long-term contributions to student life at RMIT over the entirety or majority of the student’s studies.
  • Explanation of how the scholarship would support the student’s engagement on campus.

Apply for the Student Life Champion scholarship NOW!

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