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Eva West Memorial Scholarship Fund Guidelines (Latrobe City Trust)

Available funding and program dates

Applications open 15 March 2022 and close 08 May 2022.

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Latrobe City Trust invites applications for the Eva West Memorial Scholarship from female students who have completed their Victorian Certificate of Education at a State Secondary School within Latrobe City.  This award has been established to commemorate the life and work of Eva West who was born in Traralgon in 1888.

Eva West realised a number of notable achievements in her lifetime.  She was one of the first women to qualify as an accountant in Victoria and was one of the earliest women working in local government administration in Victoria. Throughout her life, Eva West was an active member of the community, epitomising good citizenship.  She received the award of MBE in 1958 in recognition of her service to the community.

Following her death in 1969, a public appeal was held to enable the former Traralgon council to establish a perpetual scholarship in her honour to encourage the advancement of young women.  Historically the Eva West Memorial Scholarship has been managed by Council and awarded to a female student attending Traralgon Secondary College.

On 19 November 2008, the Victorian Attorney-General sanctioned the future management of the Eva West Scholarship Trust by the Trustees of the Latrobe City Trust.  While first preference must be given to a female student attending Traralgon Secondary College intending to take up qualifying tertiary studies, the Sanction enables the Trust to award the scholarship to a female student at another State secondary school within the municipality of Latrobe City if no suitable candidate can be found at Traralgon Secondary College.


Accordingly, the Eva West Memorial Scholarship is now open to female students who successfully completed their VCE at a State Secondary School within the Latrobe City municipality in 2021 and who are now pursuing Accounting and / or business-related tertiary studies.

To qualify an applicant must intend to undertake a minimum of two years full time study in a relevant discipline at any university or TAFE institution within Australia.

Scholarship Award

The Award of an Eva West Memorial Scholarship provides for a total scholarship of up to $3,000:  $1,500 in the first year and a further $1,500 in the second year, to be provided after successful first year results are submitted to the Latrobe City Trust.

The first instalment of the scholarship will be paid to the awardee upon receipt of evidence of enrolment in a tertiary business-related course of study.  The subsequent instalment(s) will be paid annually upon application, subject to the attainment of satisfactory results and evidence of continued course enrolment.


  • Applications should be submitted in resume format and address the following selection criteria:
  • a high level of scholastic achievement;
  • demonstrated involvement in community activities; and
  • exemplary personal values.

Applications must include:

  • copies of VCE academic records; and
  • details of intended tertiary course of study, and
  • a written reference / letter of recommendation from the school principal or VCE coordinator which supports the student’s aspirations and commitment to further study.

Interviews for short-listed applicants may be conducted at Council’s Corporate Headquarters, 141 Commercial Road Morwell.  Council staff will therefore be relying on the information provided in the Application Form to notify and contact students.

How to Lodge an Application

Applications are lodged through SmartyGrants

Applications open 15 March 2022 and close 08 May 2022.   

Scholarship Enquiries

Please contact the Governance Officer – Trust, on 0428 031 350 or

SmartyGrants Enquires

Please contact the Grants Officer on 0428 661 071 or


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