Criteria – Alison Watson Scholarships

Award Details

The Alison Watson Scholarships are provided annually. Between one to three scholarships to a value of $2,000 each are awarded each year depending on available resources. Decisions are made on a needs basis.

The Board of Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW can determine to provide a recurrent grant over a period of up to 3 years to an approved applicant, based on an annual application.

Award Criteria

To be eligible to receive an Alison Watson Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a resident in NSW
  • Have a medical diagnosis of arthritis
  • Be attending a school, TAFE, university or other approved educational institution
  • Be aged under 25 years
  • Be able to demonstrate the Scholarship will significantly enhance their capacity to complete their education
  • Agree to provide an annual report to Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW on how the funds have been used.
  • Be prepared to be featured as a case study in either Arthritis Matters, and/or a fundraising appeal.
  • Spend the scholarship funding within the same financial year it is awarded.

Funds may be used for:

  • Payment of school, TAFE, university or other approved educational institution’s fees
  • Purchase of computer or adaptive computer equipment
  • Purchase of appropriate resources
  • Payment of a scribe used for an examination
  • Recording or other equipment to eliminate the need to take notes


The Alison Watson Scholarship cannot be used to cover travel or petrol costs.

Selection Process

The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 March 2015. Applications will be reviewed by the Education Sub Committee of the Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW Board in April, for an award to be offered for the 2015 calendar year.

The Education Sub Committee will evaluate all applications and make a recommendation to the Board. Decisions will be made using the following process:

  • Applications are to be forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer, Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW, using the approved application form
  • Where the applicant is aged over 18 years, the Head of Community Health Services will arrange a discussion with the applicant. For young people aged under 18 years, the Manager will talk with the applicant’s parents.
  • Where appropriate, the Head of Community Health Services will also talk to the health professional involved with the applicant to determine the appropriateness of the support. This is particularly important in situations where equipment or a computer is requested.
  • Following the meeting with the applicant, the application will be presented to the next meeting of the Education Sub Committee and they will make a recommendation to the Board.
  • The Chief Executive Officer will write to the applicant advising them of the decision of the Education Sub Committee and the Board.

Successful Applications

Where an applicant is successful in being granted an Alison Watson Scholarship they will be required to meet the following requirements:

  • Wherever possible Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW will purchase the item/s on behalf of the successful applicant and invoices are be made out to Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW.
  • If the scholarship is for payment of fees, a copy of the invoice for fee payment must be forwarded to the Business Manager, Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW.
  • For computer purchase, two quotes for the requested equipment must be provided,  including computers
  • A progress report must be provided by 31 December 2015 regarding how funds were expended and the benefits resulting to the applicant.
  • A copy of their annual academic achievement record must be forwarded to the Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW Chief Executive Officer.
  • Successful applicants must be in agreement to their story and photo appearing in the quarterly Arthritis Matters magazine of Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW and/or a future fundraising appeal unless there is a valid reason for not doing so.Click here to download a copy of the application form.Alison Watson Scholarships Application Form: