First-year undergraduate scholarships

The Andy Thomas Space Foundation
The University of Adelaide
The Playford Trust

The Playford Trust, the Andy Thomas Space Foundation and the University of Adelaide are jointly sponsoring six $5000 scholarships for high–achieving school leavers hoping to begin Engineering studies at the University of Adelaide in 2022, with the aim of majoring in aerospace engineering. For information about the University of Adelaide’s aerospace study pathway, click here.

Each successful student will receive $5000 to support their first year of study at the University of Adelaide.

Aerospace engineers design and launch aircraft and equipment for the exploration of our solar system and beyond – and their career prospects are almost as endless.

The Andy Thomas Space Foundation works to develop space as a platform for innovation and economic growth, support education and training from primary to tertiary levels, and generate career opportunities.


Selection criteria

Apart from addressing each of the selection criteria, applicants must seek comments about their achievements, character and leadership potential from a teacher or a school referee (for example, the principal, assistant principal or coordinator).

Applicants must be:

  • ready to commence a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Adelaide in 2022, and plan to major in aerospace engineering
  • an Australian citizen or a holder of a permanent resident visa
  • intending to spend a significant part of their career in South Australia, or be likely to provide a benefit to the State
  • a high achiever with an excellent academic record
  • of good character.

The Foundation and the Playford Trust are keen to support indigenous Australians, female students and those from regional and rural areas. Preference will be given to students who display leadership potential.

The Foundation and the Trust will jointly make the final selections.