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Pat and Bill Mahoney Scholarship

Ms Sue Kosse graduated from Queensland University and during her studies was a student of JCU’s predecessor institute, the University College of Townsville. As the first in her family to attend university, Sue recognises the positive impact that having a tertiary education has made upon her life.

To acknowledge the financial support and sacrifices made by her parents and siblings in order for Sue to attend university, she would like to establish an enabling scholarship for other first-in-family students to attend James Cook University.

This scholarship is subject to the provisions of the James Cook University Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy

Student Type Commencing Student from Rural Area
Area of Study Any undergraduate degree
Total Value $5,000  
Duration 1 Year
Applications Open 1 October 2021
Applications Close 16 January 2022

The Pat and Bill Mahoney Scholarship is open for you to apply if you:

  • Are a domestic student, i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa; and
  • Are enrolled as a first year commencing student in your first undergraduate degree or intend to enrol as a first year student in your first  undergraduate degree at James Cook University; and
  • Neither parents or guardian has attained a bachelor level qualification; and
  • Your home address is within a rural or regional location; refer to ASGC Remoteness Areas RA3/RA4/RA5 applicable.

The value of the scholarship shall be $5,000. Payments will be made in 2 equal instalments after census date of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2.

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 copy of your academic record from any other academic institution, including secondary school; and
  • A written statement, no more than 500 words outlining: 
    1. Your background: family, community involvement, circumstances, challenges, relocation requirements etc; and
    2. Why you have chosen to study this degree; and
    3. The impact this scholarship will have on your ability to participate in tertiary education
  • A written character reference; and
  • Evidence of your home address. Examples of Supporting Documentation

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.
The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquires as to the applicant's good character and suitability to receive the scholarship, which includes authorization 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.

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.

Introduction

Ms Sue Kosse graduated from Queensland University and during her studies was a student of JCU’s predecessor institute, the University College of Townsville. As the first in her family to attend university, Sue recognises the positive impact that having a tertiary education has made upon her life.

To acknowledge the financial support and sacrifices made by her parents and siblings in order for Sue to attend university, she would like to establish an enabling scholarship for other first-in-family students to attend James Cook University.

This scholarship is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.

Value and payment of the scholarship

The value of the scholarship shall be $5,000. Payments will be made in 2 equal instalments after census date of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2.

Eligibility Criteria

The Pat and Bill Mahoney Scholarship is open for you to apply if you:

  • Are a domestic students, i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa; and
  • Are enrolled as a first year commencing student in your first undergraduate degree or intend to enrol as a first year student in your first  undergraduate degree at James Cook University; and
  • Neither parents or guardian has attained a bachelor level qualification; and
  • Your home address is within a rural or regional location; refer to ASGC Remoteness Areas RA3/RA4/RA5 applicable.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:

  1. Academic Merit or Potential; and
  2. Content of the written statement and the impact the scholarship will have on the ability to participate in tertiary education; and
  3. Character of the applicant for the award; and
  4. 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 copy of your academic record from any other academic institution, including secondary school; and
  • A written statement, no more than 500 words outlining:
    1. Your background: family, community involvement, circumstances, challenges, relocation requirements etc; and
    2. Why you have chosen to study this degree; and
    3. The impact this scholarship will have on your ability to participate in tertiary education.
  • A written character reference: and
  • Evidence of your home address Examples of Supporting Documentation.

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

  • Team Leader, Schools (Chair)
  • Other members as suggested by Chair.

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 be responsible for shortlisting and/or interviewing of candidates.

The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection of the Scholarship awardee.

Ongoing eligibility

  • The recipient must maintain a course GPA of 4.0 or above.
  • The recipient must be enrolled full-time study (minimum 9 credit points).
  • The recipient must have submitted a bio and thank you to the donor upon acceptance.
    • The bio must include:
      • What you are studying.
      • Why you have chosen this course and what you hope to do after you finish your studies.
      • A bit about your family and where you are from, if you have had to relocate to attend University, if you have any siblings etc.
      • The impact this scholarship will have on your ability to successfully attend university.
      • A message of thanks addressed to the scholarship donor.
      • A photo of you.

Conditions of the Scholarship

  • If the recipient defers their study they will no longer be eligible for the award.
  • If the recipient of the award takes an official leave of absence the award will be terminated.
  • If the recipient does not meet the ongoing eligibility requirements the award will be terminated.
  • A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Appeals Policy.

Administration of the Scholarship

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

Please refer to Glossary of Terms.