Paterson Scholarship

Helen and I were encouraged to establish a scholarship program after the experience of a distant relative who received financial support to complete his studies as an adult. He was able to achieve his dream of becoming an engineer. It highlighted to us that there are many students who have the potential to be talented engineers but lack the financial resources and/or family support to continue their education. We hope that through this scholarship we can help some of those students fulfil their potential.

Bob Paterson, BE (Civil) and his wife, Helen, established scholarships to provide significant ongoing support to engineering students who are in financial need or otherwise disadvantaged and have demonstrated academic merit in year 12 of secondary education.


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be:

  • an Australian citizen
  • enrolled in your first year of an undergraduate degree and undertaking an engineering major or breadth sequence that will lead to one of the 300-point engineering Masters coursework degrees


This generous scholarship is valued at approximately $4,000 a year for the duration of the recipient’s undergraduate degree and subsequent masters in one of the 300-point engineering coursework degrees.

Selection criteria

Eligible students are required to demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in engineering in their application and satisfy at least two of the following criteria:

  • Financial need
  • Disadvantage
  • Previous academic merit

Scholarship Conditions

Recipients are required to make satisfactory progress in their course for the duration of the scholarship. The engineering Masters course must be taken immediately after completion of their undergraduate degree.


OPEN Round 1: Apply between 1 March - 21 March 2023