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Burralga Yumba Indigenous Student Accommodation Scholarship

The Burralga Yumba Indigenous Student Accommodation Scholarship is to provide housing support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students who live on campus at JCU Townsville.

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

Student TypeIndigenous Students
Area of Study Any
Total Value Up to $15,000 per year
Duration Minimum duration of degree
Applications Open1 October 2021
Applications Close9 January 2022

The Burralga Yumba Indigenous Student Accommodation Scholarship is open for you to apply if you:

  • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • Are enrolled, or will be enrolled by semester one, as a full time student at  the Townsville, Bebegu Yumba Campus, Douglas; and
  • Have applied, or intend to apply, to live at Burralga Yumba in a standard room for the full academic year.

The Department of Human Services’ Abstudy (Residential Costs option) can help eligible students manage the costs of living in an on-campus accommodation facility, and can cover accommodation, meals (if provided), laundry charges and other compulsory fees.

Read more about ABSTUDY residential costs option

Access to the Abstudy Residential Costs option is dependent on a set of criteria, and the University acknowledges that not all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students may be eligible.

If the student is:

- Eligible for Abstudy they will receive $5,000 cash per year for living expenses for the minimum duration of their degree (accommodation charges will be paid by Abstudy).

The Scholarship will be paid to the student in two equal instalments after census date of study period one and study period two.

- Not eligible for Abstudy they will receive up to $15,000 per year for the minimum duration of their degree.  This will be made up of fee-waived accommodation charges up to the value of $10,000 (equivalent to a 40-week residential agreement in a standard room including administration charges) at Burralga Yumba and $5,000 cash for living expenses.

The cash portion of the scholarship will be paid in two equal instalments after census date of study period one and study period two.

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 your academic record from any other academic institution, including secondary school; and
  • Written Statement of no more than 500 words outlining:
    1. Your motivation to complete your tertiary studies;
    2. What initiatives you have taken in your community? Volunteer work. Leadership opportunities.
    3. The impact receiving this scholarship would have on your studies.
  • Two written references attesting to your good character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship; (Principal or other school professional  & Community member)
  • Any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of your application.

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.
The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquires as to the applicant's good character and suitability to receive the scholarship, which includes authorization 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.

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 will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

Introduction

The Burralga Yumba Indigenous Student Accommodation Scholarship is to provide housing support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students who live on campus at JCU Townsville.

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

Value and payment of the scholarship

The Department of Human Services’ Abstudy (Residential Costs option) can help eligible students manage the costs of living in an on-campus accommodation facility, and can cover accommodation, meals (if provided), laundry charges and other compulsory fees.

Read more about ABSTUDY residential costs option

Access to the Abstudy Residential Costs option is dependent on a set of criteria, and the University acknowledges that not all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students may be eligible.

If the student is:

- Eligible for Abstudy they will receive $5,000 cash per year for living expenses for the minimum duration of their degree (accommodation charges will be paid by Abstudy).

The Scholarship will be paid to the student in two equal instalments after census date of study period one and study period two.

- Not eligible for Abstudy they will receive up to $15,000 per year for the minimum duration of their degree.  This will be made up of fee-waived accommodation charges up to the value of $10,000 (equivalent to a 40-week residential agreement in a standard room including administration charges) at Burralga Yumba and $5,000 cash for living expenses.

The cash portion of the scholarship will be paid in two equal instalments after census date of study period one and study period two.

Eligibility Criteria

The Burralga Yumba Indigenous Student Accommodation Scholarship is open for you to apply if you:

  • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • Are enrolled, or will be enrolled by semester one, as a full time student at the Townsville, Bebegu Yumba Campus, Douglas; and
  • Have applied, or intend to apply, to live at Burralga Yumba in a standard room for the full academic year.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:

  • Demonstrated high degree of motivation to complete tertiary studies; (20%)
  • The applicant's academic merit; (30%)
  • Community contributions and character of the candidate for the award; (20%)
  • Outcome from interview (20%).
  • Any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate; (10%).

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:

  • A copy of your academic record from any other academic institution, including secondary school; and
  • Written Statement of no more than 500 words outlining:
    1. Your motivation to complete your tertiary studies.
    2. What initiatives you have taken in your community? Volunteer work. Leadership opportunities.
    3. The impact receiving this scholarship would have on your studies.
  • Two written references attesting to your good character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship; (Principal or other school professional and Community member)
  • Any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of your application.

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.


The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquires as to the applicant's good character and suitability to receive the scholarship, which includes authorization 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 will be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:

  • Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Strategy or representative, (Chair); and
  • Head, Indigenous Student Services or representative; and
  • Divisional Executive Officer, DSR or representative; and
  • Representative from UniLodge

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 will be responsible for shortlisting and/or interviewing of candidates.

The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection of the Scholarship awardee.

Ongoing eligibility

  • The recipient must maintain a course GPA of 4.0 or above.
  • The recipient must be enrolled full time.
  • Where the recipient fails to meet these requirements, they must submit a statement of reasons, which the selection committee will review and decide if the student will continue to receive the scholarship. Students may be required to undergo counselling and regular check-ins with IERC Staff.

Conditions of the Scholarship

  • The recipient must continue to live on campus at Burralga Yumba, Townsville.
  • The recipient must advise if they become eligible for Abstudy or are no longer eligible for Abstudy.
  • The recipient must submit an annual activity report.
  • If the recipient defers their study, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award but may apply again in the next round.
  • If the recipient of the award takes an official leave of absence the award will be terminated, and the student may apply again in the next eligible round.
  • In the event that funding is no-longer available to continue to support a student on a scholarship the student will be given 12 months’ notice of cessation of their offer.
  • A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Appeals Policy.

Administration of the Scholarship

The scholarship shall be administered by the scholarship's 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.

Please refer to Glossary of Terms.