Canstar Future of Finance Student Scholarship
About our scholarship
As Australia’s biggest financial comparison website and one of the country’s fastest growing tech companies*, Canstar actively supports the future of the finance and technology industries. That’s why we’re offering a scholarship to the university student who’s as passionate about these areas as we are.
We understand how much going to uni can demand of students – not just in dollars and cents – so the successful applicant will get a helping hand towards covering their uni costs, plus invaluable career guidance to help set them apart when the time comes to make their next career move.
To apply, complete our application form including an original essay (no longer than 1,000 words) on how emerging technology could change the finance industry of the future for Australian consumers. Applicants will also need to accept the scholarship terms and conditions.
The winning applicant will receive:
– A cash prize totalling AU$5,000 to go towards the cost of their studies
– A two-hour career, CV and interview coaching session
- August 2019: Applications open
- 1 December 2019: Applications close
- December 2019 – January 2020: Assessment and judging take place
- January 2020: Winner announced
Some tips for applicants
Our judges will be looking for applicants who:
- Demonstrate their understanding of finance in Australia
- Consider the needs of Australian consumers and their money (like we do)
- Demonstrate an understanding of at least one emerging technology and its potential impacts on consumers and their finances
- Use relevant domestic and/or international examples to support their argument
- Show creativity and an ability to write in a clear, compelling, original and engaging way
Canstar is a leading research house and Australia’s biggest financial comparison site*, comparing more brands than any other. Our purpose is to simplify the world of finance and help consumers confidently find the right product for them, whether it’s a home loan, savings account, car insurance policy, super fund or one of the many other products we research, rate and compare.
We started up in 1992 as a privately-owned financial research agency and today we are one of Australia’s fastest growing digital businesses, with 1 in 6 Aussies visiting our site each year, and 2 in 3 people recognising the Canstar logo.
Scholarship FAQ & terms and conditions
Through a blind review process, a panel of Canstar judges made up of senior managers and executives will decide which application answers the question posed on the application form in the most compelling way. Remember, only original, unpublished compositions of 1,000 words or fewer will be considered.
All applicants will be contacted by email in January 2020 about the outcome of their application once the winner is selected.
Applicants must be studying at an accredited Australian university.
Provided you are enrolled at an accredited university at the time of entry and when the scholarship is awarded in January 2020, you are eligible.
Yes, full and part-time students are eligible.
The successful applicant can put the prize money towards the cost of their university study. This could cover expenses like tuition fees, accommodation and travel expenses, books and other learning materials.
Only applications received by Canstar by 11:59pm AEST on 1 December 2019 will be considered.
Only essays of up to 1,000 words will be considered. Anything longer than that will be excluded from the judging.
As long as your essay answers the question in a thorough and compelling way, you won’t be penalised for submitting a shorter essay. 1,000 words is simply the maximum length.
No, our judges will assess eligible applications solely on the basis of the essay provided.
Applicants are allowed to also apply for the Canstar Blue Future of Comparison Student Scholarship if they wish. However, as the Canstar Future of Finance Student Scholarship will be awarded first, if an applicant is awarded that, they would then be ineligible to be awarded any other Canstar scholarships, including the Canstar Blue Future of Comparison Student Scholarship.
If you have a question about the scholarship before you lodge your application, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We won’t be able to provide updates or feedback to students on applications that have already been submitted.