Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program

You don’t have to wait to get a taste of uni life!

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program designed to support high achieving Victorian Year 11 and Year 12, and select secondary students living close to the New South Wales and South Australian borders.

If you're eligible, you'll get the exciting opportunity to experience university life and take part in a range of academic events and activities, facilities to help you achieve your best – plus get a head start on your future studies and career!

When you finish your secondary studies, you could also be offered a guaranteed place in an undergraduate degree, financial assistance to move to Melbourne, and an overseas scholarship during your studies.

If you're in Year 10 and interested in applying please speak to your school's careers adviser or register your interest.

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Program benefits

You’ll take part in a program of events and activities focused on expanding your academic and personal horizons. These include a welcome event, VCE revision lectures, personal development workshops, overnight adventures on campus, celebration events with family and more.

Help every step of the way

The program team are available any time you have questions about the program, events, University resources or future study at Melbourne.

Guaranteed place in an undergraduate degree

Domestic Young Scholars who achieve an ATAR/notional ATAR of 95.00+ (or 90.00 if your school is considered an under-represented school), meet subject prerequisites and apply for the Bachelor of Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design or Science will be guaranteed a place at Melbourne.

Access to the largest library collection in the southern hemisphere

How would access to more than 3.5 million books and study resources help you to achieve your best? Our library network includes specialist resources in law, business, chemistry, physics, architecture, biomedicine, fine arts and music.

Support to move to Melbourne

If you’re moving from a rural area to study at the University, we offer a $2500 allowance to help with the costs of moving and living in Melbourne. This may include living expenses, transport to university, textbooks or other course-related expenses.

Study overseas with a scholarship

If you go on to study at Melbourne, you could be awarded a Melbourne Global Scholars Award of up to $2500 to study at one of more than 200 partner institutions in over 45 countries on exchange, or anywhere in the world on study abroad.

Program events and activities


Personal development workshops, special events and overnight adventures.
Explore your career options while developing skills in leadership, decision-making, team-building and experience life as a university college resident for a night.

Scheduled in Term 1 and Term 2 school holidays

Unit 3 revision lectures

First week of Term 2 school holidays for Year 11 and 12 students studying Unit 3 subjects

Unit 4 revision lectures

First week of Term 3 school holidays for Year 11 and 12 students studying Unit 4 subjects

1:1 consultations

Year 12 students can book a time to speak to us about their study plans and applying to Melbourne in 2022

Celebration event

A University hosted breakfast for Young Scholars and their families to celebrate the end of the program and secondary school

About Professor Kwong Lee Dow

Professor Kwong Lee Dow is a former University Vice-Chancellor, a distinguished education scholar, and an active contributor to curriculum reforms. He has held various Victorian government positions, including chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. He was appointed Member of the Order of Australia in 1984 and in 2012, was made an Officer of the Order. He has received various awards and recognition for his achievements and leadership.

In 2007, the University of Melbourne welcomed 700 of Victoria's most talented secondary students as the inaugural Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars. Today, the number of Young Scholars who have participated in the program has reached more than 8000 students from 500 participating schools.

"They've been chosen not only because there is a feeling that they will succeed and will do well in the University, but that they have qualities of leadership, engagement and involvement." - Professor Kwong Lee Dow