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Prizes and scholarships

Each year, the School of Education celebrates the achievements of our most outstanding students through the awarding of a range of scholarships and prizes.

These awards are only made possible through the generosity of our industry partners, private donors, members of the public, past staff, alumni and various foundations.

The School of Education is delighted to offer the following prizes to our students, made possible only through the generous contributions of our sponsors.

Please note the acronym WAM stands for Weighted Average Mark.

Australian Association of Special Education

Australian Association of Special Education (WA Chapter) Prize for excellence in Special Education

Awarded to a graduating Bachelor of Education (ECS or Primary) student with the highest mark in EDU4220 - Programs and Curricula for Students with High Support Needs.

Australian College of Educators

Australian College of Educators (Western Australian Chapter) Prize for Excellence

Awarded to a final year graduate with the highest WAM and most outstanding professional practice performance based on supervisor’s report, from one of the following courses:

  • Y68 Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • Y42 Bachelor of Education (ECS)
  • Y41 Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Graduate Diplomas of Education (S19/S51/W82)

Australian Council of Educational Leaders WA (ACEL) Prize

Awarded to the graduate student with the highest WAM from either of the following courses:

  • H08/L87 Master of Education, or
  • S94 Graduate Certificate of Education in Educational Leadership

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Prize

Awarded to the graduating student with the highest WAM for HPE units in the Y68 Bachelor of Education (Secondary) course.

Australian Literacy Educators' Association Prize

Awarded to the graduate who achieved the highest academic results in three language and literacy units in the:

  • Y42 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies)

OR

  • Y41 Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Beyond Bank Australia

Beyond Bank Prize

Awarded to a third year student who achieved the highest academic result in unit EDS3240 Including Children with Special Education Needs.

Claremont Alumni Excellence in Teaching Prize

Awarded to the S51 Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) graduate who achieved the best overall results including teaching practice.

Cyril Cook Prize for Professional Competence

Awarded to the graduate who achieved the highest WAM from the calendar year in the Y68 Bachelor of Education (Secondary) course.

Dean's Prize

Awarded to the most outstanding scholar in a School of Education post graduate coursework program, based on academic excellence, performance excellence and engagement.

Fogarty Foundation Prize – Graduate Certificate of Education

Awarded to the graduating Fogarty Scholarship holder with the highest course average in the L47 Graduate Certificate of Education (Learning Difficulties).

Fogarty Foundation Prize – Master of Education

Awarded to the graduating Fogarty Scholarship holder with the highest course average in the Master of Education (Learning Difficulties) course.

Graylands Teachers' College Memorial Prize - Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies)

Awarded to the highest-achieving student who is entering, or is in, their final year of study in the following calendar year (completed 360 credit points) in the Y42 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies).

Graylands Teachers' College Memorial Prize - Primary

Awarded to the highest-achieving student who is entering, or is in, their final year of study in the following calendar year (completed 360 credit points) in the Y41 Bachelor of Education (Primary).

Graylands Teachers' College Memorial Prize - Secondary

Awarded to the highest-achieving student who is entering, or is in, their final year of study in the following calendar year (completed 360 credit points) in the Y68 Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

Lawrence McGrath Prize

Awarded for outstanding scholarship in postgraduate research in School Leadership in the 589/L87 Doctor of Philosophy or J44/H08 Master of Education Leadership.

Marion King Early Childhood Education Prize

Awarded to the Y42 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) student with the highest course average over 120 credit points at the end of Year One.

Mensaros Prize for Professional Competence

Awarded to the Y42 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) graduate who achieved the best overall results including teaching practice mark.

Ron Bell Prize for Speech and Drama

Awarded to the most outstanding Y68 Bachelor of Education (Secondary) student with a major in Drama studies.

School Medal

Awarded to a graduating student for outstanding scholarship (highest WAM) in an undergraduate program offered by the School of Education.

School Research Medal

Awarded to the Higher Degree by Research (HDR) graduate who has completed a research thesis of the highest quality in a School of Education postgraduate course.

South West Development Commission Education Prize

Awarded to a graduating Bachelor of Education student enrolled at ECU's South West campus with the highest WAM.

State School Teachers' Union of Western Australia Prize – Bachelor of Education

Awarded to the graduate who achieved the best results in the final year of the Bachelor of Education program (ECS, Primary or Secondary).

State School Teachers' Union of Western Australia Prize – Master of Education

Awarded to the graduate who achieved the highest WAM in the H08/L87 Master of Education program.

Thomas Sten Art Prize

Awarded to the graduate from the Y68 Bachelor of Education Secondary - Visual Arts major who made the greatest contribution to art during the year.

Traylen Prize

Awarded to the Y41 Bachelor of Education (Primary) graduate who achieved the best overall results including teaching practice.

Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Postgraduate Prize in Education

Awarded to the most meritorious graduated Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student in the School of Education.

Western Australian Primary Principals’ Association (WAPPA)

Western Australian Primary Principals’ Association Prize

Awarded to the graduate student with the highest WAM from the H08/L87 Master of Education program. The recipient should currently work, or be returning to work, in the Primary Education sector.

WATESOL Prize

Awarded to the student with the highest average mark in three TESOL units within the L78 Graduate Certificate of Education.

World Education Fellowship Prize

Awarded to the graduate in the Y41 Bachelor of Education (Primary) course who achieved academic excellence in Education.

ECU offers a broad range of scholarships to all students. These scholarships are designed to both recognise those who life journey may have been challenging as well as rewarding students who have shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour. Scholarships can help students to realise their dreams by helping to pay for fees, text books, living expenses and other items.

In addition to these university-wide scholarships, ECU’s School of Education is pleased to offer a range of scholarships specifically reserved for students studying to become a teacher.

These scholarships are listed below, along with information on how to apply.

Claremont Teacher's College Memorial Award

The Claremont Teacher's College Memorial Award: Physical Education, Sports Science and Human Biology is open to full-time ECU Bachelor of Science (Sports Science) Honours, Bachelor of Science (Human Biology) Honours, Bachelor of Education (specialising in Physical Education) fourth year students and Grad Dip Education (Secondary - majoring in Physical Education). The award offers a once off payment of $1,200. To apply and for more information, please visit the ECU Scholarships web page.

Dr Susan Holland Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to provide financial support to enable a doctoral student within the School of Education to make substantial progress towards her/his research programme. The scholarship is offered on the basis of academic merit, teaching experience and a commitment to undertake research directed to enhancing the quality of teaching. Dr Susan Holland Scholarship recipients will receive $10,000 in two payments of $5000 and are also eligible to re-apply annually. To apply and for more information, please visit the ECU Scholarships web page.

Dr Thelma Bessell-Browne Scholarship

The Dr Thelma Bessell-Brown Scholarship was established in honour of Dr Leo Leriche's late wife Dr Thelma Bessell-Browne. Thelma was a teacher who dedicated her whole life to education, with a strong focus on reading and literacy in particular. The Dr Thelma Bessell-Browne Scholarship will be awarded to a student studying 4th Year in an Undergraduate Education degree who demonstrates a passion for education and a specific interest in reading and literacy. The scholarship offers a payment of $800 in semester one and two following census date, for a total of $1,600. To apply and for more information, please visit the ECU Scholarships web page.

King & Amy O'Malley Trust Scholarships

King & Amy O’Malley Trust Scholarships are annual undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for students enrolled in or applying for tertiary Home Economics or related areas (e.g. Family Studies, Consumer Science, Food and Nutrition or Teacher education in these fields). There are 30 scholarships available each year and since 1986 when the scholarship was first awarded there have been hundreds of successful scholars who have benefited from the scholarship and been successful in their careers in the field. The scholarship offers a payment of $7,500 for postgraduate students, and $5,000 for undergraduates. To apply and for more information, please visit the ECU Scholarships web page.

Lesley Lillian Graham Award (Bachelor of Education - Secondary)

This award was established by the will of Miss Lesley Lillian Graham to reward outstanding secondary student teachers majoring in English. The donated funds are to be used to assist a student studying towards becoming an English Teacher. The Lesley Lillian Graham Award (Bachelor of Education - Secondary) is open to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) with a curriculum study major in English Education. The scholarship is valued at $5,000 and paid in two Installments of $2,500; the first following confirmation of acceptance and the second (final) installment to be paid after second semester census date. To apply and for more information, please visit the ECU Scholarships web page.

Lesley Lillian Graham Award (Graduate Diploma of Education – Secondary)

This award was established by the will of Miss Lesley Lillian Graham to reward outstanding secondary student teachers majoring in English. The donated funds are to be used to assist a student studying towards becoming an English Teacher. The Lesley Lillian Graham Award (Graduate Diploma of Education – Secondary) is open to students enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) with a curriculum study major in English Education. The scholarship is valued at $5000 and paid in two Installments of $2500; the first following confirmation of acceptance and the second (final) installment to be paid after second semester census date. To apply and for more information, please visit the ECU Scholarships web page.

Nedlands (Secondary) Teachers College Memorial Award

The Nedlands (Secondary) Teachers College Memorial Award was originally established in 2002 to recognise the importance of ECU'S predecessor colleges to the history of Edith Cowan University. The purpose of this annual award is to support Western Australian secondary teachers build professional competence through study at ECU at master's level, as the Nedlands College had a focus on developing the professional competence of secondary teachers. This award offers a once off payment of $1,200. To apply and for more information, please visit the ECU Scholarships web page.

Paul Newhouse Memorial Scholarship

The Paul Newhouse Memorial Scholarship is an annual award to support a postgraduate student enrolled in the School of Education with financial support for their studies in the area of digital technologies. The scholarship offers payments of $2,500 per semester for a total of $5,000. To apply and for more information, please visit the ECU Scholarships web page.

For more information about contributing to prizes and scholarships at ECU’s School of Education, please contact:

Professor Lynne Cohen AM
Executive Dean, School of Education
Phone: (61 8) 6304 6459
Email: l.cohen@ecu.edu.au

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