This scholarship aims to ensure that a student with a diagnosed physical disability is not disadvantaged by the absence of money to achieve their maximum potential in their formal tertiary education. 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 for one year. Two scholarships shall be awarded each year, subject to available funding.
The Walter & Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship shall be open to competition among applicants who:
- are permanent Australian citizen or resident;
- are enrolled in an Undergraduate Course as a Commonwealth supported student at the Cairns or Townsville campus of James Cook University;
- are enrolled in a minimum of two subjects (6 credit points) per semester
- have achieved a GPA of at least 4.0 in their current course if they are a second year or beyond;
- have a permanent physical disability, demonstrated through formal diagnosis. Diagnosis of mental health issues are not eligible. Please refer to information sheet for definition of physical disability
- have registered with JCU’s AccessAbility Services; and
- are experiencing financial hardship.
The Selection Criteria are:
- academic merit;
- a combination of academic commitment/achievement and financial need;
- any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate.
It is preferred that at least one scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who identifies as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
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 formal diagnosis of a permanent physical disability from a medical professional;
- a written statement detailing the effect of their disability on their ability to access higher education, and how they believe the receipt of the scholarship will assist them with their studies and in their future career;
documented 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 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.
The award of the scholarship shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:
- Manager, Student Equity and Wellbeing (Chair), or nominee
- an AccessAbility Support Advisor, as selected by the Chair
- a representative of the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust, if available
Two members shall form 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 applicant of sufficient merit to warrant an award;
- to award a Scholarship to a previous recipient.
The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection of the Scholarship recipient.
Monies payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid in 2 equal instalments after the census dates of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2.
To be eligible for ongoing payments, the recipient of the scholarship must, in each teaching period of the award:
- maintain an enrolment of at least 6 credit points; and
- maintain a course GPA of at least 4.0.
Conditions of the Scholarship
Funds should be utilised for the purchase of study equipment and materials e.g. laptop, assistive technologies, textbooks, additional tutoring, transport costs etc. required by the recipient to undertake and/or enhance their studies. Funds may be utilised for living expenses, but this is not preferable and no more than 40% may be expended in this way. Funds must be used for the direct benefit of the student only, and are not to be utilised for the payment of a student’s subject fees or HELP debt.
The recipient is required to submit a Use of Funds Report outlining the usage of scholarship funds. This Report must be provided by the results release date of Study Period 2 in the year of the award.
The recipient acknowledges that their name, contact details and Use of Funds Report will to be provided to the donor (The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust).
If the recipient fails to comply with the fund usage (a) and reporting (b) conditions, the donor may request the return of any scholarship monies paid to the recipient, by notice in writing.
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.
If the donor ceases to provide the scholarship funds to JCU for any reason, JCU may terminate the scholarship by notice in writing to the recipient.
If the recipient of the scholarship fails to comply with the conditions of the scholarship, including the ongoing eligibility criteria, JCU may terminate the scholarship by notice in writing to the recipient.
If the recipient of the scholarship undertakes an approved leave of absence from their study during the period of the scholarship, the recipient will no longer meet the ongoing eligibility criteria and JCU may terminate the scholarship by notice in writing to the recipient.
Where a scholarship is terminated pursuant to the provisions of the above terms, it may, for the remainder of the term for which the original holder would have been entitled to it, be awarded to another suitable applicant.
A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Complaints Policy and Procedures.
Administration of the Scholarship
The Scholarship shall be owned by the Scholarships Office.
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