Indigenous Academic Scholarship

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Indigenous Academic Scholarship

Established in 2017 through a generous donation, to support an Indigenous undergraduate student in their progress towards completing their course. Further funds were received from a generous donation from the Estate of Digby Neville Cardew Wilson in 2018.

This scholarship is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.

Student TypeFull time 2nd year or above
Area of StudyAny
Total Value$5,000
DurationUp to 2 years
Number of scholarships availableUp to 3
Applications Open1 November 2018
Applications Close28 February 2019

Am I eligible?

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship:

  • I am an Australian citizen who Identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • I am enrolled full time in my 2nd year or above of an undergraduate course at James Cook University
  • I have achieved a minimum GPA of 4.0 in the course I am currently enrolled in.

What would I receive?

If you are a successful applicant of this scholarship you will receive $5,000 paid in two instalments after Census date of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2, for up to 2 years.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted on the official application form no later than the date set by the Selection Committee for the year in which the award is to be made.

Applicants must submit with the official form, where appropriate:

  • Minimum of 2, but not more than 3 references attesting to your good character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship.
  • A copy or your CV detailing community or other extra-curricular activities.
  • A written statement (no more than 500 words) outlining the benefit the scholarship would bring to you.
  • Any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion of you as an applicant.

What happens now?

Your application is checked for completeness and eligibility, and you will receive an email confirmation it has been received. After the closing date it will be individually assessed and put forward to a selection committee who will rank your application against others who have applied. Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

SCHOLARSHIP RULES

Introduction

Established in 2017 through a generous donation, to support an Indigenous undergraduate student in their progress towards completing their course. Further funds were received from a generous donation from the Estate of Digby Neville Cardew Wilson in 2018.

Nature of the Scholarship

The value of the scholarship is $5,000 paid in two equal instalments after census date of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2, for up to 2 years.

Eligibility Criteria

The Indigenous Academic Scholarship will be open to competition among applicants who:

  • are Australian citizens and who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • are enrolled in their 2nd year or above of an undergraduate course at James Cook University; and
  • have achieved a minimum GPA of 4.0 in their current course.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:

  • academic merit, minimum GPA 4.0; and
  • content of the written statement outlining the benefit the scholarship would bring to the student; and
  • community or other extra-curricular activities as detailed in their CV; and
  • the character of the candidate for the award; and
  • any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate, including whether the candidate has, or will receive any other scholarship assistance during their studies.

Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted on the official application form no later than the date set by the Selection Committee for the year in which the award is to be made.

Applicants must submit with the official form, where appropriate:

  • minimum of 2, but no more than 3 references attesting to the applicant's good character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship;and
  • their curriculum vitae, detailing community or other extra-curricular activities; and
  • a written statement (no more than 500 words) outlining the benefit the scholarship would bring to the student; and
  • any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.

The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquiries as to the applicant’s good character and suitability to receive the bursary, which includes authorisation for the Selection Committee to examine the applicant’s academic record, and seek opinions from relevant members of the academic staff of this University or any other academic institution.

Selection Process

The award of the scholarship shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:

  • Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education & Strategy (Chair), or nominee
  • Manager, Indigenous Student Support Programs, or nominee
  • Directors, Academic Quality and Strategy, DTHM & DTES, or nominee
  • Other members deemed appropriate, as determined by the Chair.

The Selection Committee reserves the right:

  • not to award a Scholarship in any year, if in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no candidate of sufficient merit to warrant an award;

The Selection Committee may require applicants to undertake an interview as part of their application.
The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection of the Scholarship awardee.

Payment

Monies payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid in 2 instalments after the census date of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2 of each year, provided they meet the continuing eligibility requirements.

Ongoing Eligibility

  • The recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 4.0 and be enrolled full time.
  • Where the recipient fails to meet this requirement evidence of special circumstances contributing to the reduced GPA must be provided to the Selection Committee for consideration of ongoing eligibility.
  • The recipient of the scholarship shall continue to receive the award on condition that in the opinion of the Selection Committee, and on advice from the Dean of the College in which the recipient is undertaking a course of study, that the recipient maintains a satisfactory level of performance. Where it is determined that the level of academic performance is unsatisfactory the Selection Committee may in its absolute discretion terminate the award. Where an award is terminated pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may, for the remainder of the term for which the original holder would have been entitled to it, be awarded to another suitable candidate.

Conditions of the Scholarship

  • If the recipient defers their study, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award. Where an award is terminated pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may be awarded to another suitable applicant.
  • If the holder of an award fails to comply with any of these provisions or any provision relating to a particular award or with any conditions imposed under these provisions or the provisions relating to a particular award, the Committee may terminate the award or withhold any further emoluments or take such action as it may deem necessary to enforce compliance with the provision or performance of the condition by the holder.
  • A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Complaints Policy and Procedures.
  • The requirements of the Scholarship shall not make the awarding of the Scholarship conditional upon the recipient providing unremunerated services or products to the donor.
  • In the event that the recipient suspends their study, the scholarship shall be suspended.

Administration of the Scholarship

  • The scholarship shall be administered by the Scholarships Office, on behalf of the Selection Committee.
  • The funds of the scholarship shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the officer of the University charged with administering the scholarship.
  • Where there is a fund maintaining the award, the annual value of the award shall be approximately equal to the annual income from the fund.
  • Income from a fund not expended on the award which it maintains, shall be added to and become part of the fund.
  • Where an award provides some benefit to the recipient from a body external to the University, or an obligation upon a body external to the University, the University, its servants and agents, shall not be liable for that benefit or obligation.

Definitions

Unless there appears a contrary intention in these rules:
award” means the scholarship;
awardee” means the recipient of a scholarship; and
candidate” means the person applying for the scholarship