Monash Scholars Council

Year 11 Monash Scholars Council

The Monash Scholars Council is a unique opportunity for an engaged group of Year 11 Scholars to come together, influence and lead the Scholars experience for their peers. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain leadership, marketing and event experience through greater involvement in Scholars events
  • Directly influence the direction of initiatives, events and activities for their cohort
  • Access additional benefits such as guaranteed entry into the Monash Minds Leadership Program upon enrolling at Monash after school.

Who are we looking for?

Members of the Scholars Council should:

  • Prior to joining Council, be actively engaged with the Scholars program, having attended numerous events and contributing on our online platforms.  They should understand and appreciate the benefits the Scholars program affords.
  • Be committed to attending and shaping a number of events across the Year 11 Scholars calendar, including:
    • Council Meet and Greet Day – Tuesday, 11th April
    • Year 11 Knowledge Summit – date TBC, July school holidays
    • Open Day – Sunday, 6th August
    • One specific event/initiative decided upon and driven by Council.

    There will also be the opportunity to assist in shaping the direction of the Scholars online community.

  • Have a network of current Scholars, and an understanding about what current and future participants want from the program.

In the interests of equity and diversity, we will also consider factors such as gender balance and schooling in selection.  We also encourage Scholars who live regionally to apply; your ability to attend required events will be discussed with you on a personal basis.

What are the benefits of participating in Council?

There are so many benefits in taking up an opportunity like this, and they include:

  • The chance to gain higher level experience in areas such as leadership and program development
  • Skill development, particularly in areas of marketing and event management
  • Certificate and reference letter from Monash University at the end of the year
  • Guaranteed entry into the Monash Minds Leadership Program upon enrolment at Monash
  • Loads of freebies in the form of activities and gifts!

What the 2016 Scholars Council says:

“I have loved being part of a team that has been able to work closely with Monash to organise events for like-minded individuals.  I’ve made some friends and been able to connect to people from many different areas and schools.” – Selina

“Council has enabled me to utilise both leadership and communication skills whilst also providing me with the opportunity to discuss ideas and create events with the help of like-minded people.” – Killian

“Being in the Council has given me invaluable experience and great appreciation of what is needed to plan events and undertake leadership duties in general for a large community. It's a unique opportunity and I'm very glad I stepped out of my comfort zone in applying.” - Trung

Being on the Scholars Council has given me a chance to lead, as well as be part of a team as we organise and run events together. It's allowed me to connect with many different people, and represent all the Scholars and their ideas.” – Annie

“I've made so many new friends with similar interests, goals and ideas from my experience in the Monash Scholars Program, and being on the Council has allowed me to meet many new different people and learn from them. Being a part of the Council has been an invaluable opportunity and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.” - Meg

Please note that Council positions are voluntary and unpaid.

How do I apply for Council?

Please make a short, homemade video (no longer than 5 minutes) that introduces yourself and addresses the following:

  • I am excited by the opportunity of Scholars Council because…
  • The contribution I would like to make to the Scholars program is…
  • I will benefit from being a part of Scholars Council because…
  • My three greatest strengths/attributes/experiences that I can use to aid me in Council are…

Alternatively, you can submit a written application of no more than 500 words (although we would prefer the former as it will be a better showcase of you).  Please include a photo for easy identification.

All submissions should be sent to monashscholars@monash.edu by COB,Friday, 24th March. Assessments will then take place in the week commencing Monday, 27th March, with both successful and unsuccessful applications being notified within the week.  Successful  applicants  will then be formally invited to the Council Meet and Greet event on Tuesday 11th of April.

All applications will be treated as confidential documents.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Monash Scholars Council, please contact Rachel Ung, Monash Scholars Program Coordinator, with any questions at: Rachel.ung@monash.edu.