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The Aspire student experience

Students will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities and support programs that help them develop goals for the future and connect them to CDU students, staff, alumni and the broader community.

Activities may include:

  • An orientation event
  • Social gatherings where scholarship recipients meet their peers and members of the CDU community
  • Community service projects
  • Speaker forums
  • Admissions support (for students and parents/guardians)
  • Parent/Guardian information sessions
  • Campus tours
  • Reflective practice through digital storytelling and e-portfolios
  • Tutoring support.


    Scholarship terms

    The Aspire scholarship provides selected students with $1,000 per annum including the first year of university if students enrol in degrees at CDU*.

    Students may use their funds toward any of the following:

    • School and tuition fees
    • Course-related materials/text books
    • School uniforms or safety equipment for classes
    • Volunteering SA & NT membership
    • Educational equipment hire, purchase or repairs such as laptops, iPads, tablets, calculators or software
    • Study materials including a study desk or chair
    • Face-to-face tutoring
    • Fees for UMAT exams, practise tests or UMAT preparation
    • University application fees
    • School excursions, camps or trips
    • Year 12 formal ticket and/or jumper
    • Travel for educational forums/workshops or CDU events.

    * Awarding of a scholarship does not bond a student to university studies at CDU, however the final year of scholarship support will be available only to those who take up university study at CDU in the year following completion of their year 12 studies, or after a gap year.

    Maintaining the Aspire scholarship

    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress for the duration of the scholarship
    • Attend compulsory Aspire events and participate in Aspire activities.

    Ongoing requirements

    • It is the responsibility of the scholarship recipient and the senior school to advise CDU regarding any changes to the scholarship recipient's circumstances that could affect their ongoing eligibility*
    • If the scholarship recipient does not meet the ongoing scholarship requirements, CDU will issue a warning letter after being notified by the participating school. The student will be provided with one academic term to fulfil all the eligibility requirements. If the student is unable to meet these requirements, the scholarship will be terminated.
    • If the scholarship is terminated within the first year of receipt, the school may provide an alternate nominee for consideration by CDU. If the scholarship is terminated after the first year of the its receipt, the school is unable to reallocate the scholarship.*

    *Possible circumstances that could result in the scholarship's termination may include: the student moving interstate, overseas or to another school; serious misconduct by the student; inability to maintain the participation and academic results required. Where a student moves to another school partnered with Team Aspire, transfer of a scholarship may be considered on a case by case basis.

    More information

    The current Aspire Program will run until the end of 2021. For more information about Team Aspire, please contact 8946 7253 or email:

    Aspire partner schools

    Our partner schools facilitate the application process for their students and will assist with developing and submitting applications to CDU.

    Alice Springs School of the AirHaileybury Rendall SchoolOLSH Alice Springs
    Casuarina Senior CollegeKatherine High SchoolPalmerston Senior College
    Centralian Middle SchoolMackillop Catholic CollegeRosebery Middle School
    Centralian Senior CollegeMararra Christian CollegeSanderson Middle School
    Darwin High SchoolNhulunbuy High SchoolSt John's Catholic College
    Darwin Middle SchoolNightcliff Middle SchoolSt Joseph's Catholic College
    Dripstone Middle SchoolNT Christian CollegeSt Philip’s College
    Glossop High SchoolNT School of Distance EducationTaminmin College
    Katherine School of the AirO'Loughlin Catholic CollegeTennant Creek High School