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July 20, 2017 E12 applications are now open!

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Applications for University of Sydney E12 Scholarships for 2018 are open now and due to close on Friday, September 1.

If you’re interested in applying to university and are a domestic NSW student currently undertaking the HSC or IB who is from a financially disadvantaged background, you should definitely submit an application.

There are 74 courses you can apply for through E12, giving you lots of options. They include Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing, Arts, Law, Agriculture, Education, Design Computing, Architecture and the Creative Arts.

But maybe you’re not sure if the E12 program is for you, or you have some questions? That’s no worries at all. Let’s take a closer look.

What happens if my application is successful?

Congratulations! You are now the recipient of a conditional offer to the University of Sydney for the course you nominated in your application. Furthermore, assuming you meet the conditions and accept the offer after you sit the HSC, you also score a $5,950 to help finance your first year of study.

What is a conditional offer?

Turning a conditional offer into a firm offer, depends on you meeting the E12 ATAR cut-off for the course to which you’re applying. This means that there is a place held for you at the University of Sydney before you sit your HSC.

Do courses available under E12 have a lower ATAR cut-off?

They sure do! Depending on the degree to which you’re applying, the cut-off can be more than 10 points lower. This means that, when you are given your conditional offer to study at the University of Sydney, you only need to meet the E12 ATAR cut-off in order to turn your conditional offer into a firm offer.

Example: Under normal circumstances, people applying to study Arts need to attain an ATAR of 80 in order to be eligible. However, if you receive a conditional offer to study a Bachelor of Arts under the E12 scheme, you only need to attain an ATAR of 70 to receive a firm offer. Cool, right?

Do you have any advice about what I should include in my application?

You betcha. However and in addition, it’s worth noting that E12 is not only based upon your academic achievements; we also take into account your goals, leadership potential, and work experience, along with a host of other factors. Basically, we want to see what you are like, so be as specific as you can be! Do everything you can to provide context. Follow the axiom of good writing: if possible, show, don’t tell.

This means, instead of spitting out a rough phrase like “I have good communication skills”, you might say: “As a peer mentor, I met weekly with Year 8 students who were having difficulty doing their schoolwork. I listened to their problems and offered suggestions for how to solve them.”

Or, instead of writing “As captain of the rugby league team, I am a good leader”, you might say: “During the finals season I was co-coach of the U17 team and helped run training sessions, leading 24 players through warm up and cool down exercises.”

The important thing to know is that providing details (what, when, where, who, how) adds credibility and allows you to show who you are as an individual. We definitely want to see that.

I have additional questions. Where can I find out more?

If you want to find out more, why don’t you come to the University of Sydney’s Open DayOpen Day on Saturday, August 26? You’ll have a chance to see what’s on offer, meet academics, and attend special scholarship writing workshops! Definitely worth your while.

This article is part of a series called Promote Yourself by Compass.

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