The Churchill Education Scholarship

Churchill Education helps talented people from many industries across Australia, to turn their career experience into qualifications through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Churchill began in 2006 after co-founder Randall Smith had received help and support with his medical retirement from police. We have always lent this same helping hand to others in need. This program formalises that history of supporting others.

In the spirit of continual giving back to our community, we are offering you the chance to win a scholarship of up to the value of $2000* to fund qualifications gained through RPL.

Please note that this is credit towards qualifications, not cash.

In the spirit of continual giving back to our community, we are offering you the chance to win a scholarship of up to the value of $2000*.

The Churchill Education Scholarship

The $2000 scholarships are for:

  • Police and First Responders
  • Those coming through the other side of Mental Health issues
  • Women in Business
  • Defence Members and Veterans

You will find application dates and instructions for each scholarship below.

The scholarships can be used to cover the entire cost of one qualification up to the level of a Diploma, or toward the total cost of higher or multiple qualifications.

You can view all our available qualifications here.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Send an email to: with the following information…

  1. Name of scholarship you are applying for in the subject line.
  2. A brief outline of the circumstances that you believe make you a possible candidate for the scholarship, and the type of qualifications you are interested in. (Please refer to our qualifications.)
  3. An essay of between 500-750 words as a word document that states your career goal(s), and how qualifications will help you to give back to the community.
  4. Your service history or resume.
  5. Two written references:
    1. Professional: Someone who knows you in a professional capacity who can endorse you as a candidate for the scholarship.
    2. Personal: Someone unrelated to you who knows you and can vouch for you on a personal level.
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.
  • You may apply for multiple scholarships, however we will only grant one scholarship per person. 
  • Applications must include all items on the How To Apply list.
  • Be willing to have name, photo and short career story published on our website and social media platforms. 

Once the scholarship application window has closed, we will review your essay and application against the following criteria:

  • Need for financial assistance
  • Provision of information as requested
  • RPL eligibility

Scholarship winners will be announced on our website and social media platforms.

We look forward to reading your application. Good luck!

Churchill Education operates from a landmark building in its local community of Samford, just outside Brisbane, and has a resolute commitment to its comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility program, engaging and supporting charitable organisations and individuals in the local community, as well as those at national and international levels.


Whatever qualifications you are seeking, whatever industry background, professional skills or life journey you bring with you, we welcome, respect and acknowledge your stories and experiences. Thank you for taking the time to read ours.

You will find many stories from our graduates on our Blog

Police & First Responders Scholarship

For us, this is personal. As mentioned above, co-founder Randall Smith was medically retired from what he thought would be a lifelong policing career, then had to work out who he was without the gun and the badge, and the value of his experience in other industries.

Since 2006 we have helped hundreds of other police and first responders to transition to new careers with the help of qualifications that show the value of their service to all employers.

The Churchill Education Police & First Responders Scholarship

Mental Health Support Scholarship

In an indirect way PTSD was the catalyst which brought Churchill Education into being. When co-founder Randall wound up with PTSD and retirement from his policing career it took the support of family, friends and business contacts to help him piece life and an identity back together.

For this reason we are passionate supporters of others going through their dark night of the soul.

Churchill Education Scholarship - Mental Health


Churchill Education Scholarship - Women in Business

Women in Business

We’ve noticed something puzzling. Despite women making up 47% of the Australian workforce. Only about 25% of our RPL graduates are women. We’d like to see more women getting the recognition they deserve through qualifications that show what they know.

To be eligible for this scholarship you might be a woman with your own business, or be working in the business sector. There are two scholarships of up to $2000 available in this category. 

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Churchill Education Scholarship - Defence

Defence Members & Veterans

Since the beginning we’ve been ardent supporters of our brave defence members and veterans. Qualifications gained through RPL are a vital key in transitioning from defence to a civilian career. We know this can be a daunting process, so it brings us so much happiness to help in this journey.

There are two scholarships of up to $2000 available in this category. 

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Jaimie Smith

Congratulations to Jaimie Smith who was selected to receive the Churchill Education Police & First Responder Scholarship.

Jaimie is a senior constable with WA Water Police. Since becoming a mother Jaimie has decided she would like a role that gives her more work-life balance.

During her work as a Coronial Investigator, Jaimie says she found helping families through the process gave her incredible job satisfaction and would ideally like to be in a role where she can help prevent incidents from occurring.

Jaimie put her scholarship towards BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health & Safety and BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership & Management.

“I have a strong interest in WHS after attending and investigating workplace death incidents as a Coronial Investigator. I found helping families through the process gave me incredible job satisfaction and I believe it will be stronger if I can be the person to help prevent incidents from occurring.”

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Congratulations to Nathan Imber who received the Churchill Education Defence Members & Veterans Scholarship.

Nathan is currently a Small Group Instructor at Duntroon. A position he describes as one of the most rewarding roles he has held in the Army.

“Mentoring, instructing and preparing future junior officers has been an honour.”

His extensive military experience has included active deployment to Iraq.

He and his wife Brittney recently welcomed their son Ashton to the family. Nathan says becoming a father is his greatest achievement to date. 

In the future Nathan hopes to grow his family whilst balancing this with growing his military career.

Nathan used his scholarship to achieve BSB80320 Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership.

Lisa Ashcroft

Congratulations to Lisa Ashcroft who was selected to receive the Churchill Education Mental Health Support Scholarship.

Lisa is an award winning fine art practitioner, working in the mediums of abstract painting, sculpture and silversmithing. You can find out more about her art here.  

Lisa is also a meticulous and engaging administration and customer service professional with diverse experience. 

Throughout her personal and professional life Lisa has experienced and overcome a series of challenges that left her lacking in self confidence, battling mental health issues. 

Lisa used her scholarship to achieve BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management. Recently Lisa got back in touch with us and achieved a self-funded BSB80320 Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership (one of our highest qualifications)! 

“I want to show my eight-year-old daughter that I am successful and can be rewarded in my own right. I hope that other women and men living with mental health challenges find the strength to move forward with life. Life is short and precious.”



Since I got my qualifications, I’ve been telling all my friends and former colleagues to contact Churchill Education and have a chat. It’s been a life changer. It’s opened doors left, right and centre


Get out there in the real world and have a look, then you can use an organisation like Churchill who can tell you how your experience aligns with qualifications in the civilian world. Be flexible, chase your dreams and never underestimate yourself.


If I’d known that Churchill was available back when I left police, my transition into the private sector would have been a lot easier. Getting this Diploma means a lot to me because it shows my kids that you always move forward.

EOFY Bonus!

When you enrol and pay for qualifications during June, you will also receive the Churchill EOFY Bonus (valued at $700)!

Turn your career experience into qualifications with Recognition of Prior Learning.  Apply for a free assessment today!

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