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Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships provide eligible Indigenous higher education students with the general costs of study. These scholarships are subject to the provisions of  the  Indigenous Student Assistance Grants Guidelines 2017

Indigenous Commonwealth Reward Scholarships for Commencing students

Student Type Undergraduate, Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, commencing/new to JCU
Area of Study Any Undergraduate Course, including Diploma of Higher Education
Total Value $1,000
Duration Once only 
NO APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP

Indigenous Commonwealth Reward Scholarships for Continuing students

Student Type Undergraduate, Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 2nd year or above.
Area of Study Any Undergraduate Course, including Diploma of Higher Education
Total Value for $1,300
Duration Once only a year
NO APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP

If you have a question that is not listed below, please email scholarships@jcu.edu.au

Am I eligible?

  • Yes, if you are an Australian citizens and identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and
  • if you are enrolled full time (minimum 9 credit points) in an undergraduate course (including Diploma of Higher Education); and
  • if you have not already completed a Bachelor degree;
  • Continuing students only, have passed all subjects in the previous semester.

What would I receive?

  • Indigenous Commonwealth Reward Scholarship for Commencing Students: Value $1,000.
  • Indigenous Commonwealth Reward Scholarship for Continuing Students: Value $1,300

When will I find out if I have been offered?

  • An offer of a Indigenous Commonwealth Reward Scholarship for Commencing Student will be sent to your @my.jcu.edu.au email address by 16 August 2019

How do I accept the offer?

Will I receive the scholarship if I have submitted the acceptance form?

  • Commencing students, Yes if you are enrolled full time, minimum of 9 credit points, after census date.
  • Continuing students, Yes if you are enrolled full time after census date of SP1 and have passed all enrolled subjects in the previous semester.

What happens if I am not studying 9 credit points this semester?

  • Your scholarship offer/payment will not be made if you are not enrolled full time, 9 credit points.

What happens if I change course?

  • Commencing students, as long as you have changed course prior to census date, your offer will still stand.
  • Continuing Students, as long as you have passed all your subjects in the previous semester/course.

What if I have results withheld?

  • Payment will not be made until confirmation that you have passed all subject.

What happens if I received a scholarship payment last semester?

  • Commencing scholarship can only be paid to you once, (in either SP1 or SP2).
  • Continuing scholarship can only be paid once a year (SP1) based on the results of SP2 in the previous year.

If you have taken a leave of absence or are unsure if you qualify please contact scholarships@jcu.edu.au for clarification.

What happens if I want to change my bank details?

  • You can update your bank details at any time using this form Update Bank Details, however you must have completed the Acceptance form first for a new scholarship.

When will payment be made?

  • Payments are expected to be made approximately 3 weeks after census date.
    • Payments are only made on a Tuesday or Friday
    • Payments can take up to 5 days to reach your bank, depending on who you bank with

Scholarship Rules

Introduction

Commonwealth Scholarships provide commencing Indigenous students with the general costs of study. These scholarships are subject to the provisions of  the  Indigenous Student Assistance Grants Guidelines 2017

Nature of the Scholarship

The value of the scholarship shall be $1,000 or such amount as the Selection Committee determine from time to time.

Eligibility Criteria

The Indigenous Commonwealth Reward Scholarship for Commencing Students  shall be awarded to candidates who:

  • are Australian citizens and who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and
  • are or will be enrolled full time (minimum 9 credit points) in an undergraduate course (including Diploma of Higher Education) and;
  • have not already completed a Bachelor degree, and;
  • have passed all subjects in the previous semester
  • have not previously received a commonwealth Scholarship under the Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines for awards between 2012 and 2016.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:

  • Commencing, first year student at James Cook University, and;
  • enrolled full time
  • Any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate, including whether the candidate has, or will receive any other scholarship assistance during their studies.

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 and Strategy (Chair), or nominee
  • Head, Indigenous Student Services, or nominee; and
  • Manager Centre Operations, or nominee; and/or
  • Other members deemed appropriate, as determined by the Chair.

The Selection Committee reserves the right:

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

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 at in 1 instalment after the census date of the Study Period in which they were awarded

Conditions of the Scholarship

  • The recipient has not already completed a Bachelor degree.
  • If the recipient defers their enrolment, the scholarship offer will be rescinded. Where an award is terminated pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may be awarded to another suitable candidate.
  • The recipient gives permission to JCU to provide the Department of Education with their name, date of birth, address and scholarship type to enable the issuing of certificates and letters and monitoring the consumption of Commonwealth Scholarships entitlement, and disclosed by the Department of Education to the Department of Human Services to be used for administering Relocation Scholarships and/or Student Start-up Scholarships/Loans.
  • The recipient may be required to inform any of the following persons or the receipt of the scholarship:
    • An employee of the Human Services Department
    • An employee of the Department administered by the Minister administering section 258 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    • An employee of the Department administered by the Minister administering the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
  • 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 the Selection 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.

Termination of a Commonwealth Scholarship

  • The recipient no longer meets any of the eligibility criteria.
  • The recipient has failed to meet the eligibility criteria and are suspended or excluded from the course of study under the provisions of the Academic Progression Policy.
  • The recipient has committed serious misconduct while studying at the University.
  • The recipient has provided false or misleading information at any time.

Administration of a Commonwealth 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.

Useful Links

Indigenous Education and Research Centre

Centrelink for Students

Payment Finder

ABSTUDY

Relocation Scholarship

Student Start Up Loan

ABSTUDY - Residential Costs Option

Study Assist

Living on a Student Budget

Australian Tax Office