The Australian Orthopaedic Association and James Cook University scholarship is jointly offered by AOA and James Cook University. The scholarship will be awarded annually to an undergraduate medical student with an exceptional academic record and will assist in funding a supervised orthopaedic clinical attachment in Australia or overseas.
Nature of the Scholarship
The scholarship will be for $4000 or such amount as the Selection Committee determine from time to time.
The Australian Orthopaedic Association and James Cook University Scholarship program shall be open to competition among applicants who:
- are domestic students, i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa;
- are enrolled in MBBS year 6 in the following year;
- are approved to undertake an Elective Term in the medical program in which they are enrolled; and
- have maintained a course GPA of 5.0 or above at the time of application.
The Selection Committee shall, in the exercise of its absolute discretion, afford consideration to the following criteria:
- the content of their written submissions;
- their Academic performance and professional standing.
Applications must be submitted on the official application form no later than the date set by the Selection Committee.
Applicants must submit with the official form, where appropriate:
- a written statement outlining their proposed clinical attachment; (max 800 words)
- a personal statement outlining the following (max 1000 words):
- Why they are interested in orthopaedic surgery;
- what they have done to demonstrate this interest;
- their proposed career plans addressing the needs of underserved populations in keeping with the College’s mission;
- a letter of support from their proposed supervisor; 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 scholarship, 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.
The award of the scholarship shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:
- Dean of College of Medicine and Dentistry (Chair) or nominee;
- AOA Dean of Education or nominee;
- Director of Clinical Studies or nominee;
- JCU Academic involved in Clinical teaching (preferably Surgery); and
- 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 applicant of sufficient merit to warrant an award.
The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection of the Scholarship awardee.
Monies payable to the recipient of an award will be paid in 1 instalment.
Conditions of the Scholarship
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 Council 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 Appeals Policy.
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.
Administration of the Scholarship
The scholarship shall be administered by the College of Medicine and Dentistry 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.
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