John Hawkins Memorial Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Alice Springs has been offering the John Hawkins Memorial Scholarship to an outstanding Central Australian tertiary student for more than 20 years.

Service above Self

Providing service to others is a core value of Rotary. Previous winners of the Scholarship have all demonstrated, in different ways, that they provide Service above Self. Service comes in many shapes and forms from working with disadvantaged youth in Alice Springs to building a school in Cambodia. In your application you are encouraged to show how you have provided service to others in the past and your intentions for the future.


Central Australian residents who will have completed Year 12 and will be studying a Bachelor degree at an approved tertiary institution in 2016 are eligible to apply for this scholarship. If you are offered and subsequently accept the John Hawkins Memorial Scholarship, you agree to not accept other scholarships.

This scholarship cannot be deferred, so only apply this year if you will start your studies in 2016. If you intend on taking a gap year we encourage you to apply for the year you will start your tertiary studies.

Selection Criteria

The John Hawkins Memorial Scholarship is a competitive scholarship and will be awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee whose assessment will be based on the following criteria:

  • Academic ability
  • Community service (past, present and future)
  • Interpersonal skills and
  • Financial need.

*** (criteria not equally weighted)

Academic ability will be initially assessed on the basis of your Year 11 and 12 grades. Please supply a scanned copy of your Year 12 semester 1 results with your initial application.  If your application is shortlisted then your ATAR score, which you may be asked to submit in early January, will form part of the final assessment.

In addressing the other criteria it is recommended you answer the following questions in no more than three pages:

  • How have you provided service to others in the past and present?
  • What are your goals for providing service to others in the future?
  • How do you work with other people in achieving team goals?
  • How will this scholarship financially assist you in achieving your goals?

Application Closing Date: Monday 2nd November 2015.

It is your responsibility to utilise skills in time management to ensure that you get all the information you require and submit your application well before the closing date.

Applications received after the closing date will be ruled ineligible and will not be considered for the Scholarship.

Interviews for the shortlisted applicants will be conducted on the 14th November 2015. The successful applicant will be advised after the second round of university acceptances, usually late in January 2016.

Applications should be emailed to

Please include the telephone contact details of two referees that we can contact, should we require.

Further Information



Dr John Hawkins Brochure 2013b
John Hawkins Memorial Scholarship winners since 2000
Life of Dr John Hawkins