AS Charles Sturt University seeks applicants for $3 million in scholarships, one past recipient from Orange says hers made a significant difference to her studies.
Second-year student Taleise Pickavance received an Aboriginal Early Childhood Teaching scholarship earlier this year after struggling to juggle a job and study.
"The scholarship relieved me from financial hardship and from stress because I was seriously considering dropping out of university," she said.
She used to scholarship to buy textbooks and help pay for her car registration so she could drive to Bathurst to study.
Charles Sturt Advancement Office director Sarah Ansell said despite having more than 300 scholarships available to students, many went unawarded because there were no applicants.
"Many students do not apply for scholarships because they assume they won't be successful," she said.
"If you're working to support yourself and this cuts into study time, that's financial hardship."
Ms Ansell advised students to answer all questions regardless of whether the student felt it applied to them and in more than one sentence because donors wanted to know about students' stories and backgrounds.
The full list of scholarships and grants can be found on the Charles Sturt scholarship website.
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