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Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

How to spot a scholarship scam

As Canadians, we know there are limited university spots available for degrees like medicine, dentistry, and law, and fewer places available for rehabilitation sciences programs like physiotherapy and speech pathology. So what do students do?

While some may give up on their dreams of becoming a doctor, others decide to apply to universities outside Canada, like Australia. If you’ve considered studying abroad, you know that international student fees don’t come cheap, and finding a way to fund your studies can become an insurmountable obstacle. For some, this is a mountain of a deal-breaker. For others, this is merely a tiny molehill.

How to spot a scholarship scam

Too good to be true?

If you’re the latter, you already know about getting a student line of credit. Some major Canadian banks do approve lines of credit for Canadians studying internationally. The drawback to getting a loan is the “paying it back” part. This is where scholarships come in. Some Australian universities automatically assess you for an international scholarship based on your program choice and your GPA; others require you to apply. There are also other sources of scholarships, depending on your location and credentials, and there are also people out there looking to scam you.

The best way to guard yourself from a scholarship scam is to know how they work. As the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Here are some examples of some “fishy” scam tactics:

Scholarship is open to everyone! – Um, no. Scholarships are almost always available to those applying to a specific program or faculty—those applicants usually have great grades and great references, or a specific background.

You have to pay them – It’s like a young girl dreaming of becoming a model: the modelling agency is dying to work with her, but the girl has to pay for her entire portfolio. Pffft. Professional companies don’t work like that. Whenever you are applying for a scholarship, never send money or pay an application fee. You should not have to send money to an organisation to get a scholarship. If they are asking for money “up front,” fuhgeddaboudit.

Application is too easy – Many legitimate scholarships require a personal statement or short essay, plus official transcripts, plus references.

Loan fees required asap – Legit loan companies will add fees to your loan balance, which you will repay over time.

“Guarantees” – There are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. Don’t trust anyone who advertises that they will guarantee to get you a scholarship. Again, many of these companies will ask for a fee and may even offer a money-back guarantee, but will never get you a scholarship. Buh-bye.

Official-sounding titles that make you go hmmm – Titles with words like “national” and “official” should make you hesitate. They may be trying to sound official to cover up the scam.

No photos or proof of former winners – Can’t see any student photos or reviews or university references? Might be a scam—unless it’s brand new. Be aware.

Contact them – This is the easiest way to determine if the scholarship is a scam. They should freely post contact information, including phone number, email address, and physical address because they have nothing to hide! Real companies will be glad to have you contact them and scam organisations won’t.

Get references –  This is when you Google the crap out of the company. As your Canadian university if they’ve heard about it.

Where should you look?

There are several Canadian websites listing scholarships for students. Check out the following:

OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship

All OzTREKK students are eligible to apply, regardless of their program of interest. If you have applied to an Australian university via OzTREKK, you are eligible to apply for the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Tell us how you’ve shown leadership in your community.
  • Why are you inspired to study in Australia?
  • Who are you? Show us your personality!

Scholarship timeline

Applications open: July 25, 2017
Applications close: November 8, 2017*
2018 Winner announced: December 2017 (date to be finalized)

*Please note late applications will not be considered.

How do you apply?

Applicants must submit a video explaining why they should be considered for the scholarship. We encourage you to be creative and tell us about yourself! Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (or any other platform that can be accessed by OzTREKK via a link). It must not require log-in or a password. The video must be no more than 2 minutes in length.

Applicants may also submit a max. 1-page personal statement that explains your community leadership; however, this is not mandatory.

Applicants must submit video link (and letter, if desired) to scholarship@oztrekk.com by 5 p.m. EST, Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

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Do you have questions about finding scholarships or about studying in Australia? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, September 8th, 2017

OzTREKK scholarship up for grabs!

So, you’ve applied to an Australian university through OzTREKK. Have you applied for the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship yet? The application deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

OzTREKK scholarship up for grabs!

Don’t forget to apply for the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship.

Why are you inspired to study in Australia? Who are you? How do you contribute to your community?

Applicants must submit a video explaining why they should be considered. We encourage you to be creative and tell us about yourself! Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (or any other platform that can be accessed by OzTREKK via a link). It must not require log-in or a password.

The video must be no more than 2 minutes in length.

Applicants may also submit a max. 1-page personal statement that explains your community leadership; however, this is not mandatory.

Applicants, please submit video link (and letter, if desired) to scholarship@oztrekk.com by 5 p.m. EST, Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Applications close: November 8, 2017*
2018 Winner announced: December 2017 (date to be finalized)

*Please note late applications will not be considered.

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Get all the details about the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship. Let us know if you have any questions! Contact us at info@oztrekk.com or ask your admissions officer. We look forward to your submissions!

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship applications are open!

Last year we introduced the Community Leaders Scholarship for OzTREKK students. We know that studying abroad is huge financial investment, and once again, all of us at OzTREKK would like to show our support by offering a $10,000 scholarship to a student who embodies the OzTREKK vision: passion for their chosen career and the courage to go after it!

Who may apply for an OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship?

All OzTREKK students are eligible to apply, regardless of their program of interest. If you have applied to an Australian university via OzTREKK, you are eligible to apply for an OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship.

http://www.oztrekk.com/how_we_help/scholarships.php

Find out how you can apply!

How is the winner selected?

The OzTREKK Scholarship Committee will select one (1) winner from all eligible applicants. Selection will be based upon the student’s contribution to his/her community. Think you’ve got what it takes? Here’s the breakdown:

  • Tell us how you’ve shown leadership in your community.
  • Why are you inspired to study in Australia?
  • Who are you? Show us your personality!

Please note the scholarship winner must

  • have applied through OzTREKK;
  • have accepted his/her Australian university offer via OzTREKK by 4 p.m. December 6, 2017 Eastern Standard Time; and
  • commence his/her program after October 2017; and
  • be enrolled in his/her Australian university program by the census date (this date varies by institution).

What is the timeline for the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship?

Applications open: July 25, 2017
Applications close: November 8, 2017*
2018 Winner announced: December 2017 (date to be finalized)

*Please note late applications will not be considered.

When and how will the winner receive the scholarship?

The scholarship winner will be notified via email in December 2017. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified. Funds in Australian dollars will be deposited directly to the student’s Australian university tuition account. Please note the timing of the payments of funds is at the sole discretion of OzTREKK and will occur after the winning student’s census date. The scholarship will not be paid in time to meet the deposit or first semester payment deadlines.

How do you apply for an OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship?

MANDATORY

Applicants must submit a video explaining why they should be considered. We encourage you to be creative and tell us about yourself! Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (or any other platform that can be accessed by OzTREKK via a link). It must not require log-in or a password.

The video must be no more than 2 minutes in length.

OPTIONAL

Applicants may also submit a max. 1-page personal statement that explains your community leadership; however, this is not mandatory.

Applicants must submit video link (and letter, if desired) to scholarship@oztrekk.com by 5 p.m. EST, Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

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Find out more about the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship. Let us know if you have any questions! Contact us at info@oztrekk.com or ask your admissions officer. We look forward to your submissions!

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Anne Wexler Master’s Scholarships in Public Policy

If you are an American student looking to study in Australia, we’ve got great news!

Applications are now open for the Anne Wexler Master’s Scholarships in Public Policy at the University of Queensland. If you lodge your UQ Public Policy application via OzTREKK, you can apply for this generous scholarship.

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The Anne Wexler Scholarships are now open for postgraduate students with strong academic credentials and leadership potential to undertake a master’s degree in Australia, or the United States, in the field of public policy. Key areas include health, sustainability, energy, climate change, regional security, political science, history or governmental relations.

Two Wexler Scholarships will be awarded annually:

  • One for an Australian citizen to complete a U.S. master’s degree in public policy
  • One for a U.S. citizen to complete an Australian master’s degree in public policy

The generous scholarship package is valued at up to AUD $140,000 and will be awarded for a maximum two-year period.

Benefits include

  • Living, travel, insurance & establishment allowances
  • National Orientation Program and Presentation Dinner in Australia
  • Enrichment Seminars in the United States with international Fulbright Scholars
  • Distinguished professional network with U.S. and Australian Fulbright Alumni Associations
  • A support agency in the U.S. that assists with visas, events, and networks
  •  Media and publicity support

The Anne Wexler Scholarships are part of the Australian Government’s Australia Awards Program and are funded through the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and administered by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

Applications close Sept. 30, 2013

For more information about Anne Wexler Scholarships, please visit http://fulbright.com.au/scholarships/anne-wexler-scholarships-overview or contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call 1 866-698-7355.

About OzTREKK Scholarships

Did you know that OzTREKK also offers scholarships?

Each OzTREKK student who qualifies for an OzTREKK Scholarship will receive one $500 scholarship during the first year of study. The OzTREKK Scholarship will be paid directly toward your Australian university tuition.

To obtain an OzTREKK Scholarship, you must submit your Australian university application directly to the OzTREKK office; and

  • accept your Australian university program offer through OzTREKK; and
  • commence your Australian university program during the 2013 or 2014 academic year.

 

Friday, March 1st, 2013

OzTREKK scholarships for UQ Medical Leadership Program

For medical students who are also considering leadership roles in their career futures, the UQ Medical School has partnered with the UQ Business School to provide an accredited Medical Leadership Program (MLP) offered exclusively in scholarship form to UQ Medical School students. Interested applicants may apply at the end of their first year of study of their MBBS degree.

In 2013 and 2014, OzTREKK will become a Medical Leadership Program scholarship donor and is providing two scholarship places! The OzTREKK UQ Medical School Leadership Program Scholarship is only open to OzTREKK students.

Find out more about the UQ Medical Leadership Program (MLP) and OzTREKK UQ Medical School Leadership Program Scholarship. Contact OzTREKK to find out how you can apply!

About the Medical Leadership Program (MLP)

Partnered with the UQ Business School, the UQ Medical School launched the Medical Leadership Program in 2010.  This innovative, first-of-its-kind leadership program in Australia is designed to prepare medical school graduates to become future leaders in their chosen medical fields.  Those students who successfully complete the four courses will obtain a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership to complement their MBBS degree.   There are three primary components to the MLP:

  1. Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership
  2. Seminar Series
  3. MLP Discussions

1. Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership Outline*

In order to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership, participating students will be required to  attend the Medical Leadership Program Orientation Program; attend all lectures; and successfully complete all assigned coursework, including the Course 4 project.

Course 1, “The Leadership Challenge,” will require four full days of classroom lectures (weekend sessions), and will occur during Year 2 of the MBBS degree.  This course will cover topics including strategic and organizational leadership; theories of leadership; tools of leadership; communication skills; team dynamics; leadership through emotional intelligence; transformational leadership; cultural change; the leader as coach; and action learning and planning.

Course 2, “Strategy in Action,” will require four full days of classroom lectures (weekend sessions),  and will occur during Year 2 of the MBBS degree. This course will cover topics including strategic decision making; change management theory and models; learning organizations and teams; building commitment to change; advanced strategies for strategic change; creativity and innovation; and action learning and planning.

Course 3, “Valuing Human Capital,” requires four full days of classroom lectures (weekend sessions), and will be occur during Year 3 of the MBBS degree.  This course will cover topics including strengthening the talent pipeline; cutting edge HR strategy; preparing for tomorrow’s challenges today; challenges facing HR; retaining and developing staff; succeeding in the war for talent; and action learning and planning.

Course 4, “Independent Medical Project,” will not require any classroom lectures.  Students will work on and complete their projects during Year 4 of their MBBS degree.  This course will be different from the others, in that it will provide students with the freedom to complete an individual or small-group project on a selected topic dealing with Medical Leadership.  While Course 4 will have one formal classroom presentation, and each student will be required to present his or her final project during year 4 of their MBBS program.

*Students in the Ochsner cohort will complete these courses in a different order.

2. Seminar Series

Each student will be required to attend at least 60% of the Medical Leadership Program Seminar Series for each year they are enrolled in the program.  Each seminar will be a very interactive, tutorial-type session, and will last approximately two hours.  During each seminar, students will interact directly with leaders from a variety of industries. These leaders will not only help students expand their professional network, but will also provide them with some unique insight and information from someone currently in a leadership position.

3. MLP Discussions

During these discussions, the Head of School of Medicine and the Head of the MBBS program at the University of Queensland will lead a discussion with all of the MLP participants in bringing all concepts from the other two components of the Medical Leadership Program into a group learning environment.  Students will be provided these dates as they are selected.

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If you would like more information about UQ Medical School and the MBBS program, contact OzTREKK Australian Medical School Admissions Officer Broghan Dean or call toll free 1 866-698-7355.

Email OzTREKK to find out more about the Medical Leadership Program (MLP) at the University of Queensland and how you can apply to the OzTREKK UQ Medical School Leadership Program Scholarship.

Contact OzTREKK for OzTREKK Scholarships information and about how you can study in Australia!

 


Friday, May 25th, 2012

Nominate a student for the CISA International Student Award!

Do you know an international student currently studying in Australia that has fully embraced their time Down Under? If so, you should nominate them for a Council of International Students Australia (CISA) International Student of the Year award!

The award is all about recognizing the significant contribution that International Students make to the Australian community. CISA is looking for a well-balanced international student, who has not only demonstrated academic excellence but also dedicated a portion of his or her time to help others and made a difference.

We can think of a ton of OzTREKK students who are fulfilling that mandate!

The selection criteria are the student must have good academic progress while in Australia and have made a significant contribution towards the community while in Australia. In essence, they must have demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity in their work and be an inspirational role model particularly for students.

The prize includes a trophy, a gift card of significant amount and a scholarship of up to $1,000 to cover the costs of the award winner’s trip to the CISA conference in Brisbane this year.

So, if you have a friend that’s made a difference during their time in Australia, nominate away! And you’re also able to nominate yourself if you feel you meet all the qualifications. It’s ok to pat yourself on the back!

Nominations close May 30, 2012 and you can learn more on CISA website.

The winner will be selected by an independent committee made up of industry and government representatives and nominees will be informed of the outcome via email.

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Learn more about OzTREKK Scholarships!

 

 

 

Friday, May 4th, 2012

JCU Law School Student Wins OzTREKK Survey Draw!

JCU Law School student Tiffany Shipp won the OzTREKK survey draw!

Each year OzTREKK sends out a survey to all our new students who just started their studies the previous year. We know that the best way to serve our students is to better understand past students’ experiences. That way we will continue to work hard to provide top-tiered service while making any necessary adjustments along the way.

And, heck, we know our students are busy people! To thank them for taking the time to fill out the survey, we enter their name into a draw to win yet another $500 – that’s on top of the OzTREKK Scholarships they would have already received!

Earlier this week OzTREKK put all the names into a hat (yes, we actually spend the time printing and cutting up the names!), and our lucky winner is Tiffany Shipp!

Tiffany just started her studies at the JCU Law School in Townsville. As these things usually happen, we had already been in touch with Tiffany and she’s featured in the May edition of The OzTREKKER newsletter. So stay tuned to find out more about what pulled Tiffany to study in Australia and how she’s enjoying her time thus far.

As for winning the scholarship, Tiffany was thrilled!

“My initial reaction to winning the prize was, well I thought, wait until my dad hears about this! I then thought about how it would help with my tuition – $1,000 dollars off now is amazing!” Tiffany said. “I got the e-mail at 530 a.m here so it was a good morning!”

Congratulations, Tiffany!

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Learn more about OzTREKK Scholarships.

Want to be like Tiffany? Find out how you can apply to the JCU Law School!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Bond University Student Wins OzTREKK Scholarship Survey

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Julia Ren wants to communicate one message: she is thrilled to have won the OzTREKK survey scholarship!

The Bond University Master of Communication recently completed an OzTREKK survey which means her name was put in a random draw to win a second $500 OzTREKK scholarship.

When she found out she won, she says she was both surprised and grateful.

“I really did not expect this would happen to me!” she says. “I jumped up and down with joy and called my parents and friends back in Canada to share the good news!”

She has settled in well on campus, and says she is really enjoying the Bond University Master of Communication program.

“I really appreciate how well equipped the university is and how interesting and useful my lecture materials are. All my professors are very easy going and helpful, they know me by name!” she exclaims. “The class sizes are small so that it is easier to participate in discussions during lectures. Professors are very approachable and willing to provide guidance on assignments.”

She adds that she looks forward to completing internship opportunities and gain work experiences while completing the degree.

She said the one component she wishes Bond University would change is not to mix undergraduate and postgraduate students within the same class.

“I think it is a bit unfair for a postgraduate student to have to do a group project with an undergraduate student who does not have the same level of academic training,” she says.

Since she started the Bond University Master of Communication program in September, Julia has adapted well to life in Australia.

“I love studying at Bond University and I have met so many friends from all over the world. I really enjoy the social aspect of my university life as well,” she says. “There are always so many social events I can participate in and as one of my professors once told me, at Bond, we work hard, and we play hard!”

Julia has also travelled throughout Australia.

“I went to Sydney during my first week in Australia and it is beautiful and very similar to Vancouver,” she says. “Also, I went to Byron Bay after the midterm season. The weather was really nice and I had such a blast on the trip!”

She says that without OzTREKK‘s help, she may not even be in Australia.

“Given my circumstances, I needed a lot of help with my visa application. There was a point that I almost gave up on going to Australia because I was having such a hard time,” she says. “But it was Matt and Cathy who supported me, and helped me sort everything out step by step. I will be forever grateful for what they did, because I am now having the best time in my life in Australia.”

See the OzTREKK Scholarship Video!

Learn more about Bond University.

Apply now to Bond University.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

OzTREKK Continues to Offer $500 Scholarship for 2011 Intake!

For the past two years, OzTREKK has offered each and every one of our students a $500 scholarship.

Matt and Beth remember what it was like to study overseas and understand that every little bit counts. That’s why in 2008 they started to offer scholarships to each student. Simply by applying to their Australian university of choice through OzTREKK, hundreds of students automatically received a $500 scholarship.

The scholarship was so well received by our students that we have decided to continue to offer it to all students who apply via OzTREKK for the 2011 school year! So if you’re thinking about applying to Australian Medical School, Australian Law School or Teachers College in Australia, and you apply and accept your successful offer of admission through OzTREKK, there will be $500 waiting for you. It’s that easy.

Find out why Matt and Beth wanted to offer OzTREKK scholarships.