J K O'Brien Scholarship for Health Sciences

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This scholarship was established in 2016 in memory of the late Mr O’Brien and donated by his widow.  The scholarship is to support a student who is active within the community and would benefit from financial assistance to continue their involvement.
This scholarship is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.

Student TypeUndergraduate 1st year, full-time
Area of Study

Human health (includes all disciplines under the College of Healthcare Sciences and College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences, but excludes any non‐human sciences like Vet).

Total Value$10,000
Duration1 year
Applications Open1 December 2017
Applications Close24 March 2018

Am I eligible?

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship:

  • I am a domestic student, i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa;
  • I am In my first year of study in an undergraduate course at Townsville campus;
  • I am studying full-time;
  • I am enrolled in an undergraduate degree in the area of human health (this includes all disciplines under the College of Healthcare Sciences and College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences, but excludes any non‐human sciences like Vet); and
  • My primary residence for 3 out of the last 5 years has been in a remote or rural area of Queensland or Northern Territory as defined by the ASCG category (RA4 – RA5).

What would I receive?

The value of the scholarship shall be $10,000 for one year, or such amount as the Selection Committee determine from time to time.  The payment will be made in two equal instalments after census date of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2 in the year of the award.

How do I apply?

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 written statement (no more than 500 words) containing a description of activities, events or other involvement in the local community of the applicants primary place of residence;
  • a written reference from an official involved in the community event or activity;
  • evidence of financial hardship; and
  • proof of primary residential address during 3 out of the last 5 years.

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.

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

SCHOLARSHIP RULES

Introduction

This scholarship was established in 2016 in memory of the late Mr O’Brien and donated by his widow.  The scholarship is to support a student who is active within the community and would benefit from financial assistance to continue their involvement.

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 shall be $10,000 for one year, or such amount as the Selection Committee determine from time to time.  The payment will be made in two equal instalments after census date of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2 in the year of the award.

Eligibility Criteria

The J.K. O’Brien Scholarship shall be open to competition among candidates who:

  • Are domestic students, i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa;
  • In their first year of study in an undergraduate course at Townsville campus, studying full-time;
  • Who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree in the area of human health (this includes all disciplines under the College of Healthcare Sciences and College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences, but excludes any non‐human sciences like Vet); and
  • Whose primary residence for 3 out of the last 5 years has been in a remote or rural area of Queensland or Northern Territory as defined by the ASCG category (RA4 – RA5).

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:

  • content of the written statement, identifying the extent and nature of community involvement;
  • written reference (indicating their Community involvement);
  • extent of financial circumstances (JCU Scholarship assessment);
  • highest GPA of candidates who meet criteria; and
  • any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate.

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 written statement (no more than 500 words) containing a description of activities, events or other involvement in the local community of the applicants primary place of residence;
  • a written reference from an official involved in the community event or activity;
  • evidence of financial hardship; and
  • proof of primary residential address during 3 out of the last 5 years.

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.

Selection Process

The award of the scholarship shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:

  • Dean, College of Healthcare Sciences, or nominee from the College
  • Dean, College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences, or nominee from the College
  • Director Academic, Quality & Strategy, or nominee from DTHM

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 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 2 instalments after the census date of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2.

Ongoing Eligibility

The recipient must be fully enrolled in Study Period 2 to receive their 2nd instalment.

Conditions of the Scholarship

The recipient may defer their study by no more than one year to remain eligible for the award.

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.

In the event that the recipient suspends their study for more than one year, the scholarship shall be suspended.

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 Selection Committee may terminate the award or withhold any further payments or take such action as it may deem necessary to enforce compliance with the provision or performance of the condition by the holder.

Administration of the Scholarship

The scholarship shall be administered by 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 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.

Definitions

Unless there appears a contrary intention in these rules:

academic institution” includes University, Technical and Further Education College, private education provider, secondary school and any other institution that undertakes teaching or research;

academic record” means the official records of the University, or any other academic institution that details the levels of academic achievement attained by the person whose academic record it is;

award” means the scholarship;

awardee” means the recipient of a scholarship; and

candidate” means the person applying for the scholarship

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