The purpose of the ASSICF is to improve the educational opportunities available to Australian South Sea Islanders by providing funds to participating universities to make available scholarships for tertiary education. Australian South Sea Islanders are direct descendants of the South Sea Islanders who were brought into Queensland between 1863 and 1904 and worked as indentured labourers. This scholarship is provided by the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation (ASSICF), a sub fund of the Queensland Community Foundation (QCF), in partnership with JCU.
This scholarship is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.
Nature of the Scholarship
The value of the scholarship is $5,000 paid in a single instalment after the census dates of Study Period 1.
The Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship shall be open to competition among applicants who:
- are Australian citizens;
- are direct descendants of the South Sea Islanders who were brought into Queensland between 1863 and 1904 and worked as indentured labourers;
- have membership of the Australian South Sea Islander community;
- are enrolled as an undergraduate student at JCU;
- have not previously completed an undergraduate degree; and
- are not in receipt of another scholarship in the year of the award.
Previous awardees of the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship are eligible to re-apply for the Scholarship in subsequent years.
The Selection Criteria are:
- demonstrated high degree of motivation to complete tertiary studies;
- any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate.
Preference will be given to applicants who do not identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
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:
- a copy of their birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate;
- a copy of their academic record from any other academic institution, including secondary school;
- no more than three written references attesting to the applicant’s character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship;
- their curriculum vitae;
- a written statement outlining their motivation to complete their tertiary studies;
- a letter of support from a registered Australian South Sea Islander organisation; 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 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:
- Manager, Student Equity and Wellbeing, or nominee (Chair)
- Director, Academic Quality and Strategy, DTES, or nominee
- Director, Academic Quality and Strategy, DTHM, or nominee
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 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.
Monies payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid in a single instalment after the census date of Study Period 1.
Conditions of the Scholarship
If the recipient defers their study, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award. The recipient may re-apply for the Scholarship in subsequent years. Where an award is terminated pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may be awarded to another suitable applicant.
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 owned by the Scholarships Office.
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.
Income from a fund not expended on an 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.
Definition of terms is as per the Glossary of Terms for Policies in the Student and Teaching and Course Management, with the following additions:
"Academic institution" includes University, Technical and Further Education College, private education provider, secondary school and any other institution that undertakes teaching or research.
"Award" means the scholarship, bursary or grant.
Scholarships for the purpose of these guidelines exclude scholarships for project and stipend support of research higher degree students.