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.
NOTE: Due to current COVID international travel restrictions the location of this Bursary will be in Australia e.g. last year the recipients went to Weipa, St. George or Thursday Island.
This bursary is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.
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.
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;
- who are able to demonstrate an interest in rural medicine;
- who are able to undertake an international rural elective; and
- who are not currently receiving any other travel scholarships or grants for placement or coursework.
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.
Applications must be submitted no later than the advertised closing date 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.
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
- Head of Discipline, General Practice & Rural Medicine or nominee
- Academic staff member/s from the Discipline of General Practice & Rural Medicine responsible for delivery of Year 2 in the College of Medicine & Dentistry
- 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 College 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, a student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Appeals Policy.
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 College 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.
Please refer to Glossary of Terms