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The Michael Buenen Scholarship for Lighting Design

The Michael Buenen Scholarship for Lighting Design is aimed to support students at WAAPA studying lighting whose talent and ambition may be hampered by their personal financial circumstances.Michael Buenen was a Lighting Technician and Designer based on the east coast who spent many years in the arts and entertainment industry working in venues and touring Europe, Asia and Africa with different productions. Michael had a heart for mentoring emerging artworkers, who had taken a genuine interest in Lighting Design.This Scholarship is to ensure that Michael’s legacy of mentorship lives on by enabling developing artists to learn their craft in a creative environment. The Scholarship is valued at $3000.

Important dates

Opens: 1-03-2021 Closes: 1-04-2021

Applies to


At a glance

  • You must be a current ECU student to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • Questions about this scholarship can be directed to AskUs.

Eligibility guidelines

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • be able to provide evidence of financial hardship (usually demonstrated by being in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink allowance or personal statement);
  • be currently enrolled in one of the following courses:    
    • Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Lighting Specialisation) - CUA50415;
    • Advanced Diploma of Live Production and Management Services (Lighting Specialisation) - CUA60213; or
    • Bachelor of Performing Arts - Production and Design Major Y97.
  • study on-campus and full-time (60 credit points per semester); and
  • hold an academic status of Good Standing.

How to apply

Application is made via the ECU Online Scholarship Application Portal. Access to the portal is available between application opening and closing dates.

Along with your application you will be asked to provide a 500 word personal statement addressing the following;

  • Describe your current financial situation and how this Scholarship would assist you.
  • Describe your future career goals.

For more information

Contact AskUs.

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