QCoal Foundation Scholarship

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QCoal Foundation has been established to deliver community-focused outcomes that enrich rural and remote Queensland. The Foundation is focused on three broad support areas of Health, Liveability and Education. This Scholarship will support an undergraduate student through three years of study.

Student TypeUndergraduate
Area of StudyPreference given to Geology or Science (not Marine Biology)
Total Value$10,000 per year for up to 3 years
Duration3 years
Closing Date31 January

Am I eligible?

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

  • I have completed Year 12 within 2 years prior to studying at James Cook University

  • I am commencing my first year of study in a Bachelor’s degree at a campus or study centre of James Cook University (excluding Brisbane and Singapore).

  • I am currently living in, or have relocated from, an outer regional, remove or very remote area (See RA3 – RA5 ASCG Remoteness Categories)

  • I am an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian Permanent visa.

What would I receive?

The value of the scholarship shall be $10,000 per year for up to three years, paid in two equal instalments after the census date of Study Period 1 and 2.  One new scholarship shall be awarded each year.  

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:

  • a certified copy of your birth certificate, passport or permanent visa.

  • a copy of your academic record from any other academic institution, including secondary school

  • a written personal statement of no more than 300 words describing what you aim to achieve by studying at university and how you believe you will contribute to regional and remote Queensland or Australia through your return to work in a regional or remote location.

  • no more than three written references attesting to the your character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship

  • a copy of your curriculum vitae; and

  • evidence of having relocated from, an outer regional, remove or very remote area (See RA3 – RA5 ASCG Remoteness Categories)

  • any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of your application.

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

QCoal Foundation has been established to deliver community-focused outcomes that enrich rural and remote Queensland. The Foundation is focused on three broad support areas of Health, Liveability and Education. This Scholarship will support an undergraduate student through three years of study.

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 per year for up to three years. One new scholarship shall be awarded each year.

Eligibility Criteria

The QCoal Foundation Scholarship shall be open to competition among applicants who:

  • are Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa

  • are commencing their first year of study in a Bachelor’s degree at a campus or study centre of James Cook University (excluding Brisbane and Singapore)

  • have completed Year 12 within 2 years prior to studying at James Cook University

  • are currently living in, or have relocated from, an outer regional, remote or very remote area (See RA3 – RA5 ASCG Remoteness Categories)

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:

  • Aspirations for tertiary study

  • commitment to contributing through returning to work in a regional or remote location

  • the character of the candidate for the award; and

  • any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate.

  • Preference will be given applicants from the Isaac and Whitsunday Council regions.

(Whitsunday: Airlie Beach 4802, Bowen 4805, Proserpine 4800, Collinsville 4804, Gumlu 4805, Queens Beach 4805

Isaac: Carmila 4739, Clairview 4741, Clermont 4721, Coppabella 4741, Dysart 4745, Glenden 4743, Moranbah 4744, Nebo 4742, St Lawrence 4707)

  • Preference will be given to a student in a Geology or Science (excluding Marine Biology) related degree.

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 certified copy of their birth certificate, passport or permanent visa

  • a copy of their academic record from any other academic institution including secondary school

  • 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 regional and remote Queensland or Australia through their return to work in a regional or remote location.

  • no more than three written references attesting to the applicant’s character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship

  • their curriculum vitae; and

  • any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.

The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquiries as to the applicants’ 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 shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:

    • A member of the QCoal Foundation, or nominee (Chair)

    • Director, Academic Quality and Strategy, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, or nominee

    • Director, Academic Quality and Strategy, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, or nominee.

  • 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 applicant of sufficient merit to warrant an award.

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

Payment

Monies payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid in 2 equal instalments after the census date of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2 each year.

Ongoing Eligibility

  • The recipient must maintain a course GPA of 4.0 or above.

  • Where the recipient fails to meet this requirement evidence of special circumstances contributing to the reduced GPA must be provided to the Selection Committee for consideration of ongoing eligibility.

Conditions of the Scholarship

  • If the recipient defers their study, the recipient may suspend their scholarship for a maximum of twelve months, subject to donor approval.

  • If the recipient is granted an approved leave of absence, the scholarship shall be suspended for a maximum of six months, subject to donor approval.

  • If the recipient fails to comply with any of the conditions of this scholarship, the Chair of the Selection Committee may suspend or terminate the scholarship, or take such action as it deems necessary to enforce compliance with the condition by the recipient.

  • A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with 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.

Administration of the Scholarship

The scholarship shall be owned and 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.

Definitions

Definition of terms is as per the Glossary of Terms for Policies in the Student and Teaching and Course Management, with the following additions:
“academic institution” includes University, Technical and Further    Education College, private education provider, secondary school and any    other institution that undertakes teaching or research
“award” means the scholarship, bursary or grant

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