Cowan Grant Experiential Learning Scholarship

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The Cowan Grant Experiential Learning Scholarship is designed to provide coursework students with financial support to undertake a professional and/or personal development experience.  The experience should involve volunteerism and meaningful intercultural community engagement within a challenging environment.  Scholarship recipients will donate their time and intellect in the service of others while also developing valuable teamwork and leadership capacity and a broader understanding of global challenges.  The Scholarship aims to provide students with a greater understanding of the practical significance and relevance of their academic studies through direct experience, which in turn will enhance employment opportunities upon graduation.

Student Type

Coursework

Area of Study

All

Total Value

Up to $12,000

Duration

1 year

Applications Open

1 March

Applications Close

15 May

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, New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent visa holder
* I am admitted as an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student at the Cairns campus of James Cook University
* I am enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit points in this calendar year
* I have obtained a Course GPA of 4.0 or above
* I am in financial need.

What would I receive?

The maximum value of the Scholarship is $12,000 in 2016, which shall be distributed to one or more successful applicants at the discretion of the selection committee and the Cowan Grant Trust. Monies payable to the recipient shall be paid in a single instalment approximately three weeks after acceptance of the award and confirmation of enrolment.

How do I apply?

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below.
Applicants wanting to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents:
* a copy of their birth certificate, passport or permanent visa
* an unofficial copy of their academic record from James Cook University or any other academic institution
* A written statement (maximum 500 words) addressing the following criteria:
› Why you would like to be involved in the Cowan Grant Experiential Learning opportunity?
› Describe the international or domestic learning experience or volunteer placement project you would like to undertake, including the proposed location, timing and duration.
› How do you think the international or domestic experience will benefit you personally and professionally in the future, and how will it benefit people in the destination country/location?
* one character reference from a JCU academic staff member outlining the applicant’s suitability  for the scholarship
* documented evidence of financial circumstances
* a cost estimate of the learning experience
* 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.

When applying for a scholarship it is very important that you ensure that you include all relevant documents (including a completed application form) and that your application is submitted before the closing date. If an application is incomplete, it will not be considered.

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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

SCHOLARSHIP RULES

Introduction

The Cowan Grant Experiential Learning Scholarship is designed to provide coursework students with financial support to undertake a professional and/or personal development experience.  The experience should involve volunteerism and meaningful intercultural community engagement within a challenging environment.  Scholarship recipients will donate their time and intellect in the service of others while also developing valuable teamwork and leadership capacity and a broader understanding of global challenges.  The Scholarship aims to provide students with a greater understanding of the practical significance and relevance of their academic studies through direct experience, which in turn will enhance employment opportunities upon graduation.
This scholarship is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.

Nature of the Scholarship

The maximum annual value of the Scholarship shall be advised by the Cowan Grant Trust by October of the previous year, and distributed to one or more successful applicants at the discretion of the selection committee and the Cowan Grant Trust.

Eligibility Criteria

The Scholarship shall be open to competition among applicants who:
* are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, or holders of an Australian permanent visa
* are admitted as an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student at the Cairns campus of James Cook University
* are enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit points in the year of application
* have obtained a Course GPA of 4.0 or above
* are in financial need.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:
* academic merit
* the extent of the applicant’s financial need
* alignment of the proposed learning experience to the purpose of the scholarship
* any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate.

Preference will be given to applicants who have relocated from a rural or remote area to study at JCU Cairns.

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:
* a copy of their birth certificate, passport or permanent visa
* an unofficial copy of their academic record from James Cook University or any other academic institution
* A written statement (maximum 500 words) addressing the following criteria:
› Why you would like to be involved in the Cowan Grant Experiential Learning opportunity?
› Describe the international or domestic learning experience or volunteer placement project you would like to undertake, including the proposed location, timing and duration.
› How do you think the international or domestic experience will benefit you personally and professionally in the future, and how will it benefit people in the destination country/location?
* one character reference from a JCU academic staff member outlining the applicant’s suitability  for the scholarship
* documented evidence of financial circumstances
* a cost estimate of the learning experience
* 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.

Selection Process

The shortlisting of scholarship applicants shall be at the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:
* Representative of the Division of Tropical Environment and Societies, or nominee
* Representative of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine , or nominee
* Representative of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement, or nominee

The Selection Committee is responsible for ranking the eligible applicants and recommending the number and value of scholarships to the donor for endorsement.

The Selection Committee reserves the right not to award a bursary in any year if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, or on advice from the Cowan Grant Trust, there is no applicant of sufficient merit to warrant an award.

The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the shortlisting of applicants.

Payment

Monies payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid at in a single instalment approximately three weeks after acceptance of the award and confirmation of enrolment.

Conditions of the Scholarship

The recipient must agree to:
* meet with the donor at least once, preferably at the Cairns Prize Ceremony

* provide a brief written report (one A4 page) to the donor on completion of their learning experience

In the event the recipient:
* defers their study, the bursary shall be terminated
* suspends their study, the bursary shall be terminated
* does not undertake the learning experience, the bursary shall be terminated and all funds dispensed for the purposes of the Cowan Grant Experiential Learning Scholarship are required to be repaid by the recipient to James Cook University.

Where an award is terminated under 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 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.

Administration of the Scholarship

The scholarship shall be owned by the Office of External Engagement.

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 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

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
Scholarships for the purpose of these guidelines exclude scholarships for project and stipend support of research higher degree students.