The Roobiny Graduate Conference Bursary

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This Bursary was established in January 2016 as a tribute to honour the memory of late Dr Roobiny (Biny) Sivananthan who graduated from James Cook University in Veterinary Science in 2011. Since graduation, Roobiny Sivananthan dedicated her Veterinary Service to the North West Region of Queensland, both in Mount Isa and in the regional rural communities of Boulia, Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Karumba and Normanton.

This Bursary was established in January 2016 as a tribute to honour the memory of late Dr Roobiny (Biny) Sivananthan who graduated from James Cook University in Veterinary Science in 2011. Since graduation, Roobiny Sivananthan dedicated her Veterinary Service to the North West Region of Queensland, both in Mount Isa and in the regional rural communities of Boulia, Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Karumba and Normanton. The Bursary, worth $2500, is established to assist new JCU Veterinary Graduates to attend a meeting of the North Queensland Veterinary Association within the first 2 years of graduation. This Bursary is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.

Student TypeFinal year, eligible to Graduate
Area of StudyVeterinary Science
Total Value$2,500
Duration1 year
Closing date18 November

Am I eligible?

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

  • Final year JCU Veterinary Science student who is eligible to graduate;
  • an Australian Citizen or New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia; and
  • have an overall GPA of 4.0 or more.

What would I receive?

If you are a successful applicant of this bursary you will receive $2,500 in a lump sum, or such amount as the Selection Committee determines from time to time.

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 copy of your Australian passport, permanent Australian visa or proof of citizenship;
  • a written statement explaining:
    • the applicant’s commitment to working in Northern Queensland preferably with proof of employment offered
    • the applicant’s commitment to the Australian Veterinary Association and commitment to join if not already a member (to supply proof if membership exists)
    • the need for  financial assistance
  • No more than three references attesting to the applicant’s good character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship;
  • Evidence of financial hardship;
  • 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.

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

Nature of the Scholarship

The value of the bursary shall be $2500 or such amount as the Selection Committee determines from time to time.

Eligibility Criteria

The Roobiny Graduate Conference bursary  shall be open to competition among applicants who meet the specified criteria below:

  • Final year JCU Veterinary Science student who is eligible to graduate
  • an Australian Citizen or New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia;
  • have an overall GPA of 4.0 or more.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:

  • academic merit or potential;
  • the character of the applicant for the award;
  • level of financial hardship;
  • content of the written Statement; and
  • 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 their academic record from James Cook University or a certified copy from any other academic institution;
  • A written statement explaining:
    • the applicant’s commitment to working in Northern Queensland preferably with proof of employment offered
    • the applicant’s commitment to the Australian Veterinary Association and commitment to join if not already a member (to supply proof if membership exists)
    • the need for financial assistance.
  • No more than three references attesting to the applicant’s good character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship;
  • Evidence of financial hardship;
  • 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 applicant’s good character and 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:

  • Head of Veterinary Sciences (Chair), or nominee;  
  • a practicing veterinarian who is an adjunct member of the JCU VS Program;
  • at least one member of the JCU Veterinary Science academic teaching staff, or nominee.

The Selection Committee reserves the right:

  • not to award a bursary in any year if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no applicant 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 selection of the bursary awardee.

Payment

Monies payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid in 1 instalment after graduation and on provision of evidence of attendance at a meeting of the North Queensland Veterinary Association within two years of graduation.

Conditions of the Scholarship

If the recipient defers their study, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award. Where an award is terminated pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may be awarded to another suitable applicant.

If the holder of an award fails to comply with any of these provisions or any provision relating to a particular award or with any conditions imposed under these provisions or the provisions 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.

A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Complaints Policy and Procedures.

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 terminated.

Administration of the Scholarship

The bursary shall be administered by Scholarships Office, 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 scholarship.

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.

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;
“awardee” means the recipient of a scholarship; and
“applicant” means the person applying for the scholarship
“bursary” means scholarship
Scholarships for the purpose of these guidelines exclude scholarships for project and stipend support of research higher degree students.