Therapy Alliance Group Allied Health Scholarship

  • Applications open
  • Closes: 09:00am 3 Feb 2023
  • Available to:
    Continuing Students
  • Value: $5000
  • Duration: 2x instalments of $2500 over 1 year

Foundation Scholarship
Therapy Alliance Group (TAG) was originally founded as a Speech Pathology service known as “Chatterbugs” by Rachel Tosh (CPSP) in Brisbane way back in 2004 and is now a thriving multidisciplinary allied health organisation with five clinical practice locations in Toowoomba; Aspley; Morayfield and Beenleigh. This growth was based on a reputation for exceptional care and clinical excellence. We have a strong history and long tradition of delivering caring, effective, and life-changing therapy services for children and adults with disability or development difficulties while supporting their parents, carers, and families. TAG’s values are the backbone of our company culture, making it a great place to work. With this Scholarship we hope to encourage more students to consider working in a rural or regional community, making meaningful impact on the lives of many and being part of a team that values personal and professional development. Our industry-leading 2-year Emerging Clinician Graduate Program builds on student’s university education by providing them with the learning and support required to be a great well-rounded therapist. To find out more about our programs please contact us, we’d love to chat.


Continuing Students

STUDY MODE: Online; On Campus; Mixed Mode (Online & On Campus)

CAMPUS: Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; Dubbo; Orange; Port Macquarie; Wagga Wagga


Final year in:

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Master of Speech Pathology


Preference given to students originally from the Toowoomba region (supporting documentation to be provided).

Must answer the additional scholarship question “Do you have a connection to the Toowoomba region and how will you use your study to improve the Toowoomba area?”

The ability and desire to work at Therapy Alliance Group in Toowoomba.


Scholarship value of $5,000 will be paid in 2x instalments of $2,500 over 1 year.  Second instalment payment subject to maintaining a satisfactory GPA and continued enrolment in above courses.

Opportunity to undertake course-based work placement with Therapy Alliance Group in Toowoomba.

Scholars will be offered an opportunity to work at Therapy Alliance Group following their graduation (Graduate employment).

TAG Start and Stay bonus scheme if employed by Therapy Alliance Group worth up to $10 000 (details below)

The TAG Start and Stay bonus scheme will be available for new graduate employees to Therapy Alliance Group at the completion of the scholarship. The Start and Stay bonus scheme will be a series of pay bonuses totalling $10,000 paid in instalments across the first 2+ years at different milestones of the new graduate's career with TAG, as follows:
1. $1000 at commencement (first pay)
2. $2000 when probation is passed
3. $2000 after 1st year work anniversary (1st TAGiversary)
4. $5000 after graduating from the Emerging to Expanding Pathway stage with a demonstrated intention and plan in place to continue their expanding pathway in Toowoomba.

The CSU Foundation is pleased to administer the scholarship generously provided by the Therapy Alliance Group (TAG). Please note that any contract for employment that may be awarded by TAG in connection with
the TAG scholarship will be between the recipient student and TAG.

Charles Sturt is not a party to the contract of employment and excludes all liability for any claims in relation to salary, superannuation or other employee entitlements or conditions, or any breach of contract. Charles Sturt
Foundation recommends that potential recipients obtain independent legal and taxation advice about the scholarship payment and the terms of any employment contract prior to acceptance of any scholarship offered.
Charles Sturt cannot provide that advice to any student and does not make any warranty about any offer of employment by TAG.

Guidelines for Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust

The Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust distributes more than 300 student scholarships every year. These scholarships are funded by individuals and organisations who strongly believe in supporting Charles Sturt University and its students.

Who can apply

  • Any Australian/New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident who has applied for admission to Charles Sturt University or who is enrolled in a Charles Sturt course.  Both on campus and online students are eligible unless otherwise stated in individual scholarship criteria
  • Any international students who are classified as an international student in Australia with either a full unconditional offer from Charles Sturt to study in Australia or continuing enrolment as a full-time student at a Charles Sturt University campus. The exemption is scholarships involving work placement due to citizenship requirements for work purposes.

Who cannot apply

  • International students studying in their home country, online or at a partnership institution.

How are applications assessed?

Applicants must read scholarship criteria carefully before applying as scholarships are awarded based on the criteria for each scholarship.

Successful applicants are selected after a series of shortlisting processes, including a review by Charles Sturt staff and donors.

From the final shortlist of strong applicants, it is up to the donor to determine the scholarship recipient(s). Sometimes this process will include donors interviewing the strongest candidates.

Conditions of scholarship

If you are a recipient of a Foundation Trust scholarship, you must write a thank you letter to the donor. Email your letter to the CSU Foundation Trust scholarship office at we will forward your letter onto the respective donor/s.

How will my scholarship be paid?

Most scholarships valued at $5000 or less are paid in full, unless otherwise specified. Check the scholarship webpage for payment details.

Ongoing scholarship payments are subject to you  maintaining satisfactory academic progress and continued enrolment in your course.  If these conditions are not met, scholarships may be suspended or terminated.

Can my scholarship be suspended or terminated?

Yes, if you fail to meet the criteria for your scholarship.

Suspension may occur if you fail to maintain  the GPA specified in the scholarship criteria.

Suspension or termination of a scholarship will occur if you are excluded from your course.  The scholarship may be reinstated if you resume your studies following an exclusion of no longer than one year.

Scholarships will also be terminated if the recipient transfers to another university or place of study. In some instances you maybe  required to repay the scholarship amount to the donor via the Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust.

Can I apply for an Approved Leave of Absence (LOA)?

In some circumstances, you may be granted a leave of absence which places your tenured scholarship on hold until you return to study, up to a period of 12 months.

Any request for a leave of absence must be made in writing to the Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust Scholarship Office stating the expected date of return to study.  Following re-enrolment, you must advise your return to study to re-activate your scholarship.

The decision to allow a scholarship to be placed on hold is entirely at the discretion of Charles Sturt University.
If the leave of absence is to be for more than 12 months you do not return to study, the scholarship will be terminated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tips on applying for a scholarship

For more read the information provided on the How to Apply tab on each scholarship

Am I eligible to receive more than one Charles Sturt University scholarship?

In most cases students are only eligible to receive one Charles Sturt University Foundation scholarship each year.

Students who are recipients an on-going scholarship that is still current are not eligible to apply for further scholarships during the tenure of their awarded scholarship.

How do I apply for a scholarship that has financial hardship as criteria?

Demonstrate financial hardship by providing

  • a Centrelink Income Statement or
  • Your last 3 payslips or
  • outline your financial need in the 'Additional Financial Information' free text box in application.

When will I be notified of my applications outcome?

Scholarships are assessed by Charles Sturt Scholarship & Financial Support Services once applications have closed. Your application may be reviewed by the scholarship donor who will make the final decision against the scholarship criteria.

In most cases, outcomes will be received within 4 weeks of the closing date.

What relevance does my ATAR have when applying for scholarships?

The ATAR is a rank that allows the comparison of students who have completed different combinations of HSC courses.  It is calculated solely for use by institutions to rank and select school leavers for admission to tertiary courses.
If you are a commencing student and apply before you receive your ATAR results, please use the ATAR mark which you obtain following your HSC trials.  If your application is successful, you may be asked to provide the original of your HSC ATAR results.

What relevance does my Grade Point Average have when applying for scholarships?

Most scholarships will have a minimum requirement of a 4.0 GPA as part of the eligibility criteria. This signifies a 'passing'grade poiknt average in your degree.

Your GPA can be found by following the 'personal details' link under Administration. The GPA can be found at the bottom of the transcript page.

Do I need to provide a donor thank you letter?

All Foundation scholarship recipients are required to provide a donor thank you letter.

Your scholarship offer is conditional on the provision you complete a letter of thanks to the donor of your scholarship. Donor thank you letters can be sent via email to

If I am successful when and how do I get paid?

Payments will be made by EFT to your nominated bank account or in some cases onto your student account.

Register your bank details with us via online administration.

How to Apply

Step 1: See if you are eligible

Commencing and current Charles Sturt University students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships.  Please use the specific eligibility criteria listed on each webpage as a guide to the scholarship that can best support your study requirements.

Read the criteria carefully for each scholarship, you wish to apply for to ensure that you are eligible.

You can apply for multiple scholarships but each scholarship will require a separate application.

Step 2: Complete your scholarship profile

If you are new to Charles Sturt University, before you begin, completed your scholarship profile.  This will make applying for multiple scholarships much more efficient as certain fields prepopulate your applications.

Step 3: Prepare your supporting documentation

In most cases, you'll need to supply supporting documentation with your  scholarship application.

Check eligibility requirements for details of specific documentation.

Before you submit your application you must have your documentation attached.  This can include;

  • Financial documentation such as a Centrelink income statement or your last 3 payslips
  • Up to date resume
  • An essay, research project proposal or reference letters may be requested
  • If your selection criteria involves Local Government Areas (LGA), please supply ONE of the following:
    • electricity bill
    • phone bill
    • rates notice
    • school record
  • Copies will need to be attached to your online application and provided in PDF or DOC format.
  • Failure to submit documentation will influence the assessment and suitability to receive the scholarship.
  • Step 4: Understand the deadlines

    1. Pay close attention to scholarship application closing deadlines. Applications submitted past the deadline are not considered.
    2. Always proof read your answers to the questions and ensure you answer each specific question for the purpose of the scholarship.
    3. Attach supporting documentation as outlined in the eligibility criteria.

    Step 4: Start your application

    Applications are now open to continuing students and will close at 09:00am 5 Feb 2024.

    Apply now or login to continue an existing application

    Please note: Charles Sturt Global and Research scholarship applications will not be listed here. They use a separate application system.