Morey Scholarship

The Morey Scholarship was established in 2013 by Senator Sue Boyce who believes a strong focus on education is the single most important long-term answer to many of the problems encountered by Australia’s indigenous population. The name of the Scholarship acknowledges Senator Boyce’s late paternal great-grandfather, Frederick E Morey, who owned and operated pearling luggers based at Thursday Island before World War II.

Student TypeUndergraduate, Indigenous, female
Area of StudyAny
Total Value$6,000
Duration1 year
Closing Date31 January

Am I eligible?

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

  • I am a Torres Strait Islander woman or, an Australian aboriginal woman living in the Torres Strait
  • I am or will be admitted to an undergraduate or tertiary access course at a campus or study centre of James Cook University (excluding Brisbane and Singapore)
  • I am or will be enrolled full-time
  • I intend to return to work in the Torres Strait
  • I have not previously completed a degree

What would I receive?

If you are a successful applicant of this scholarship you will receive $6,000 paid in two equal instalments after the census dates of SP1 and SP2.

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:

  • proof of indigenous status
  • an unofficial copy of their academic record from James Cook University
  • a certified copy of their academic record from secondary school or any other academic institution
  • a written personal statement of no more than 300 words describing what the applicant aims to achieve by studying at university and how they believe they will contribute to the Torres Strait Community through their return to work in the Torres Strait
  • a letter of support from any Torres Strait community organisation, outlining the degree and length of acquaintanceship with the applicant, and an indication of the applicant’s motivation and ability to undertake the studies
  • their curriculum vitae
  • the names and contact details of two referees
  • details of any other scholarship awarded to the applicant

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 Morey Scholarship assists Torres Strait Islander women who intend to return to live and work in the Torres Strait (including the communities of the Northern Peninsula) to undertake undergraduate study at James Cook University.  The Scholarship was established in 2013 by Senator Sue Boyce who believes a strong focus on education is the single most important long-term answer to many of the problems encountered by Australia’s indigenous population. The name of the Scholarship acknowledges Senator Boyce’s late paternal great-grandfather, Frederick E Morey, who owned and operated pearling luggers based at Thursday Island before World War II.
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 scholarship shall be $6,000 paid in two equal instalments.

Eligibility Criteria

The Morey Scholarship shall be open to competition among candidates who:

  • are Torres Strait Islander women or aboriginal women living in the Torres Strait;
  • are commencing or continuing undergraduate or tertiary access studies;
  • are studying at a James Cook University campus or study centre (excluding Brisbane and Singapore);
  • are enrolled full-time;
  • intend to return to work in the Torres Strait; and
  • have not previously completed a degree.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:

  • academic merit;
  • demonstrated motivation and ability to undertake the studies; and
  • intention to contribute to the Torres Strait community.

Preference will be given to a student in an undergraduate course.
Preference will be given to a Torres Strait Islander student studying in Cairns.
Preference will be given to a student not holding another scholarship.

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 will attach to the official application form, where appropriate:

  • Proof of indigenous status;
  • A certified copy of their academic record from James Cook University, secondary school or any other academic institution;
  • A written personal statement of no more than 300 words describing what the applicant aims to achieve by studying at university and how they believe they will contribute to the Torres Strait Community through their return to work in the Torres Strait;
  • A letter of support from any Torres Strait community organisation, outlining the degree and length of acquaintanceship with the applicant, and an indication of the applicant’s motivation and ability to undertake the studies;
  • Their curriculum vitae; and
  • The names and contact details of two referees.

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.

The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to verify any information provided by the applicant.

Selection Process

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

  • Dean, Learning, Teaching & Student Engagement, (Chair), or nominee
  • Director, Student Services, or nominee
  • Head, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student and Community Engagement, or nominee and;
  • ,Senator Sue Boyce, or nominee (optional).
    Three members are a quorum.

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 Scholarship.

Payment

Moneys payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid in 2 instalments.  The first instalment will be paid after the census date of Study Period 1.  The second instalment will be paid after Study Period 1 result release date and confirmation of full-time enrolment in Study Period 2.

Ongoing Eligibility

A scholarship may be deferred for a period of one year where deferment of university studies is for reason of personal or family illness, bereavement or other exceptional circumstances. A scholarship may be suspended if leave of absence from study is approved.

Recipient/s must maintain a Course GPA of 4.0 or above and be enrolled full-time in the subsequent teaching period.

Conditions of the Scholarship

In the event the Selection Committee Chair terminates or suspends the student’s Scholarship, a student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Complaints Policy and Procedure.

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 administered by the JCU 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

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, or bursary; and
“applicant” means the person applying for the scholarship or bursary