Lynn Kratcha Memorial Rural Bursary

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This bursary was founded in 2001 by Lynn Kratcha MD as the North Dakota Rural Bursary. Dr Kratcha was a rural doctor in North Dakota, USA, who undertook parts of his undergraduate and postgraduate training in North Queensland. Dr Kratcha passed away in 2012 and the bursary has been renamed in his honour. The purpose of the bursary is to support a medical student undertaking an international rural elective.

Student TypeUndergraduate, 2nd year
Area of StudyBachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Total ValueVaries
Duration1 year
Closing DateNow extended to 1 August at 12pm

Am I eligible?

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

  • I am or will be enrolled full-time in my second year of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
  • I am able to demonstrate an interest in rural medicine
  • I am able to undertake an international rural elective
  • I am not currently receiving any other travel scholarships or grants for placement or coursework.

What would I receive?

The bursary consists of a four-week rural placement in the Northern Hemisphere. Placements are in the United States of America. The bursary will include support for travel and accommodation, and can be undertaken as the 4-week Year 2 rural placement.
If funding allows there may be more than one international bursary awarded under these rules. Winners must be prepared to furnish an oral and written report on their return.

How do I apply?

Prior to completing an application form, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below.
There are three components to the bursary, each of which contributes to the final mark:

  • a written task – film review
  • an interview
  • an oral presentation.
    The written task will be used to shortlist a small number of applicants who will be invited to proceed to the next two stages.

Full details of each stage and the application requirements are available on the LearnJCU < Medicine Community < School Prizes and Scholarships < MBBS 2 Lynn Kratcha Memorial Rural Bursary.

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

SCHOLARSHIP RULES

Introduction

This bursary was founded in 2001 by Lynn Kratcha, MD as the North Dakota Rural Bursary. Dr Kratcha was a rural doctor in North Dakota, USA, who undertook parts of his undergraduate and postgraduate training in North Queensland. Dr Kratcha passed away in 2012 and the bursary has been renamed in his honour.  The purpose of the bursary is to support a medical student undertaking an international rural elective.

Nature of the Scholarship

The value of the bursary shall be a return economy airfare from North Queensland  to the location of the elective, and support for living expenses, or such amount as the Selection Committee determines from time to time. Up to 5 bursaries will be awarded each year as determined by the Selection Committee, to a maximum total value of $17,000.

Eligibility Criteria

The Lynn Kratcha Memorial Rural Bursary shall be open to competition among candidates who:

  • are enrolled full-time in Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery; and
  • who are able to demonstrate an interest in rural medicine; and
  • who are able to undertake an international rural elective
  • who are not currently receiving any other travel scholarships or grants for placement or coursework.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee will, in the exercise of their absolute discretion, afford consideration to the following criteria:

  • academic merit or potential;
  • the character of the candidate for the award; and
  • any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate, including whether the candidate has, or will receive any other bursary assistance during their studies.

Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted no later than the end of the first week in Study Period 2 for the year in which the award is to be made.

Applicants must follow the application procedures set by the selection committee supply any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

The application procedures may include a written submission, an interview and oral presentation. Guidelines for applications will be advertised by the selection committee in the year of the award.

The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquiries as to the applicant's good character and/or suitability to receive the bursary, 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 award of the bursary shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise of:

  • Dean, College of Medicine & Dentistry, (Chair), or nominee; and
  • Head of Discipline, General Practice & Rural Medicine or nominee; and
  • Academic staff member/s from the Discipline of General Practice & Rural Medicine responsible for delivery of Year 2 in the School of Medicine & Dentistry; and
  • Lynn Kratcha Memorial Bursary recipient from previous year.

The Selection Committee reserves the right:

  • to award one or more bursaries in any year
  • not to award a bursary in any year if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no candidate of sufficient merit to warrant an award;
  • to award a bursary for a period of one or more years; and
  • to extend a bursary for the existing recipient.

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 bursary.

Conditions of the Bursary:

If the holder of an award fails to comply with any of these provisions or any provision relating to a particular award, the Council 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.

The recipient of the bursary shall continue to receive the award on condition that in the opinion of the Selection Committee, and on advice from the head of the school in which the recipient is undertaking a course of study, that the recipient maintains a satisfactory level of performance. Where it is determined that the level of academic performance is unsatisfactory the Selection Committee may in its absolute discretion cancel the award or suspend the award for such time as it may determine and/or until academic performance is considered satisfactory. Where an award is cancelled pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may, for the remainder of the term for which the original holder would have been entitled to it, be awarded to another suitable candidate.

In the event the Selection Committee cancels or suspends the student's bursary, at the request of the student within 14 days, a review of the decision shall be undertaken by an Appeal Panel. The bursary shall not be awarded to another suitable candidate before the Appeal Panel makes a final decision on the review. The Appeal Panel shall comprise the Deputy Vice-Chancellor or nominee (Chair); two staff members of the appropriate Faculty appointed by the Executive Dean; and either the Student Association Academic Support Services Coordinator or the Student Association Welfare Coordinator. The staff members appointed by the Executive Dean shall have no association with the teaching of the subject(s) in which the unsatisfactory academic performance is alleged. Unless the circumstances are exceptional, the Appeal Panel shall consider only: the student's grounds for requesting the review; any documents relevant to the finding of unsatisfactory academic performance; and the reasons for the decision by the Selection Committee.

The requirements of the bursary shall not make the awarding of the bursary conditional upon the recipient providing unremunerated services or products to the donor.

In the event that the recipient suspends their study, the bursary shall be suspended.

Administration of the Bursary

The bursary shall be administered by the School of Medicine & Dentistry on behalf of the Selection Committee.

The funds of the bursary 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 bursary.

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.

Monies payable in any year to the holder of an award shall be paid at such times and in such amounts as the Registrar deems appropriate to the circumstance of each case.

Where a special provision relating to an award provides for the award to be paid in cash, the Vice-Chancellor may direct that in lieu of cash the award to be made in whole or in part in the form of books, instruments or equipment necessary to the awardee's course to a value approximately equal to the stated amount of the award, unless the terms of any trust or the conditions laid down by the donor of the award expressly provide otherwise.

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 bursary;
"awardee" means the recipient of a bursary; and
"candidate" means the person applying for the bursary