Conditions of The Catenian Charity Inc. Scholarship

The Catenians – strengthening Catholic family life through friendship and faith – have established The Catenian Charity Inc. Scholarship (Scholarship) to assist necessitous Australian students enrolled at an Australian University or residential College, who cannot afford to pay either tertiary institution tuition fees or tertiary residential college fees.

The grants may only be paid to students who have reached the age of 16 but not yet reached the age of 25. The grants must be paid by the student to an Australian university or residential college.

Applicants must complete an application form setting out details such as the purpose of the grant, the monthly budget of their income and expenses, including their semester tuition fees and/or their weekly residential accommodation charges.

In this form “Charity” means the Catenian Charity Inc. W.A. Reg No. A1019114U

The scholarship is governed by the following conditions.


     The Catenian Charity Inc. Scholarship.


The Scholarship is to assist and encourage a meritorious student for the duration of their studies, for whom educational opportunities are limited because of financial need.

The aim of the Scholarship is to advance the interests of young Catholics and to assist them in the choice or pursuit of a career.

The student will have demonstrated drive and commitment to achieve academically, despite financial hardship in order to continue their studies at an Australian university or college.


The value of the Scholarship is $5,000 per annum, to be paid, as fees, to an Australian university or residential college by the student.


To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled as a full-time student at Australian university or residential college;
  2. Have completed at least 1 year of full time study towards their bachelor degree or have completed a bachelor degree; and
  3. Be able to demonstrate that their educational opportunities are limited due to adverse circumstances as set out in the Selection Criteria.
  • Written applications setting out compliance with the eligibility requirements and addressing the selection criteria must be made on the application form available from the Scholarship Master.
  • Applicants must submit:
  1. A copy of their academic transcript;
  2. A brief curriculum vitae including present and previous relevant work experience, if any;
  3. Two written current references with the names and contact details of the referees;
  4. A personal statement as outlined in the application form; and
  5. Any other documentation specified in the application form.
  6. Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Master for the purposes of developing a short list of no more than four applicants to submit to the trustees of the “Charity”
  7. The trustees of the “Charity” will make a decision as to the successful recipient and may choose to interview the shortlisted applicants if they wish to do so.

In making their recommendation as to which applicant/s shall receive the Scholarship, the Scholarship Master and trustees will consider:

  1. The demonstrated financial need of the applicant;
  2. Any responsibility the applicant may have for others (for example, significant carer responsibilities);  
  3. Personal circumstances or background which warrants special consideration;
  4. The ways in which the award of the scholarship would assist the applicant;
  5. Academic merit; and
  6. Any other matters deemed relevant by the Scholarship Master and trustees

The “Charity” will make a decision as to the successful applicant, taking into account the matters set out above and any other matters the “Charity” considers relevant.


A person is in necessitous circumstances where they don’t have enough financial resources to have a modest standard of living in Australia. An indicator of this would be where a person’s level of income is such that they are eligible to receive income-tested government benefits. Other indicators are health needs (such as sickness or disability) and family responsibilities. Such non-financial needs can cause financial necessity.


The scholarship will be awarded by the Provincial President of the Catenian Association (Province 20), on the recommendation of the “Charity”


  1. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the student as determined by the “Charity”.
  2. Recipients are required to complete a grant expenditure form for payment of funds.
  3. Award funds will be paid in two instalments, at the beginning of semesters 1 and 2, providing the student’s satisfactory academic progress has been confirmed and they remains in necessitous circumstances as prescribed by the Australian Taxation Office.

A Scholarship will be tenable for the duration of the recipient’s current degree.

  2. Scholarship recipients are required to submit a mid-year and end of year report to the Scholarship Master, outlining their progress throughout the year.
  3. Reports should include academic results for the semester, an update regarding the circumstances that warrant the recipient to be in receipt of the scholarship, and other relevant feedback.
  4. Scholarship recipients are required to provide a short letter of introduction to the

“Charity” and must be willing to speak to Catenian members at 1 or 2 meetings during the course of the year as requested.

  1. Failure to adhere to these requirements in a timely matter will result in scholarship funding being terminated.
  2. The Scholarship Master will notify the scholarship recipients of any relevant due dates.
  3. Reports should be sent to the Scholarship Master, who will forward to the trustees of the “Charity”

The Scholarship will be administered by the Scholarship Master.


Any rules regarding the awarding of this scholarship must comply with these Terms and Conditions.


Any thesis, dissertation or other publications resulting from research undertaken by the recipient while in receipt of the scholarship must acknowledge the assistance of the Scholarship and carry the “Charity” by-line.


The “Charity” is committed to the principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth) and the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 (Commonwealth) and will not disclose any personal information (as defined in the Privacy Act) relating to this Scholarship to any third party without the written consent of the applicant.