How to apply

You can apply for the Kwong Lee Dow Young program when you're in Year 10, if you attend a Victorian or border-region school (NSW or SA). If you're a teacher, you're also able to nominate a high-achieving student for the program.

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If you're a Year 10 student

  1. Get your school's endorsement: this is required as part of your application. Schools can endorse a maximum of five applicants so make sure you speak to your teachers about this early.
  2. Prepare and have the right information for your application. Take some time to think about the questions and get a teacher or parent to check over what you've written before you submit it. It’s a great idea to write your responses out in Word before you input them into the portal.
  3. Apply online before the cut-off date of mid-October. We will ask you to tell us about yourself (i.e. your role models, goals, biggest challenge you have faced so far) and any extra-curricular activities you are involved in.
  4. Apply now

To find out how your application will be assessed, see How you're selected

If you're a teacher and want to nominate a student

The selection panel will consider the student's eligibility, endorsements from school, academic results within the top five per cent of their year level, and leadership potential.

Students will need to demonstrate evidence of leadership, active citizenship and community involvement, such as participation in school activities, community work and cultural, environmental or sporting activities.

Principals, Careers Practitioners and Year 10 Coordinators will receive instructions on how to nominate their students via email. If you wish to nominate a student and have not received an email outlining the process, please contact for the nomination link.

Application Dates

  • 2 September 2019

    Applications open for young scholars

  • 14 October 2019, 11:59pm

    Application deadline for students

  • 21 October 2019

    Nomination and Supporting information deadline for schools

  • 22 November 2019

    Notification to schools and students of application outcome

  • 10 December 2019

    Welcome event for young scholars