Thelma Myers Memorial Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing & Midwifery Scholarship

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Established in 2003 by Carolyn Dixon, a psychiatric mental-health nurse, in memory of her mother Thelma Myers. The purpose of the scholarship has been to encourage and facilitate Australian Indigenous nurses to continue their studies at a postgraduate level.  For the years 2016 onwards, the scholarship will be awarded to Australian Indigenous postgraduate nursing students. The donor hopes that the availability of the scholarship will be seen as part of a reconciliation process.

Student TypePostgraduate or a higher degree in research
Area of StudyNursing
Total Value$5,000
Duration1 year
Closing Date30 June 2016

Am I eligible?

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

  • I am an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • I am a registered nurse
  • I have been accepted for postgraduate studies or a higher degree in research within the College of Healthcare Sciences in the discipline of nursing at James Cook University.

What would I receive?

If you are a successful applicant of this scholarship you will receive $5,000 paid in 2 instalments after census date of study period 2 and study period 1 of the following year in which the award is made.

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:

  • an unofficial copy of their academic record from James Cook University
  • a certified copy of their transcript from any other academic institution
  • proof of Australian Aboriginality and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • two to three written references attesting to the applicant's character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship
  • their curriculum vitae
  • any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the 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

Nature of the Scholarship

The value of the scholarship shall be an income from the investment of a donation of $70,000 or such amount the Selection  Committee determine from time to time.  The value in 2016 shall be $5,000 paid in two equal instalments are census date of study period 2 and study period 1 of the following year.

Eligibility criteria

The Thelma Myers Memorial Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing Scholarship shall be open to competition among candidates who:

  • are registered nurses; and
  • are Australian Aboriginals and/or Torres Strait Islanders; and
  • have been accepted for postgraduate studies or a higher degree in research within the College of Healthcare Sciences in the discipline of nursing at James Cook University.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee will, in the exercise of their absolute discretion, afford consideration to the following criteria:

  • academic merit or potential
  • the character of the candidate for the award
  • if the candidate will receive any other scholarship assistance during their studies.

Preference will be given to any candidate studying or researching clinical nursing and, in particular, mental health nursing.

Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted on the official form no later than the date set by the Selection Committee for the year in which the award is to be made.

  • Applicants must attach to the official form:
  • An unofficial copy of their academic record from James Cook University
  • a certified copy of their academic record from any other academic institution
  • proof of Australian Aboriginality and or Torres Strait Islander
  • two to three written references attesting to the applicant's character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship
  • their curriculum vitae
  • 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 enquiries as to the applicant's 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:

  • Dean, College of Healthcare Sciences, or nominee (Chair)
  • a Professor or Senior Lecturer of Nursing, as determined by the Chair
  • Donor, Ms Carolyn Dixon, or nominee
  • an Indigenous nurse.

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
  • to award a scholarship for period of one or more years
  • to extend a scholarship for an 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 process.

Payment

Monies payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid in two instalments each yearafter census date of study period 2 and study period 1 of the following year in which the award is made.

Ongoing Eligibility

The recipient of the scholarship shall continue to receive the award on condition that in the opinion of the Selection Committee, and on advice from the Dean of College in which the recipient is undertaking a course of study, that the recipient maintains a satisfactory level of performance. Where it is determined that the level of academic performance is unsatisfactory the Selection Committee may in its absolute discretion cancel the award or suspend the award for such time as it may determine and/or until academic performance is considered satisfactory.

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 under this clause it may be awarded to another suitable applicant.

In the event that the recipient suspends their study, the scholarship shall be suspended.

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.

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.

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 provisions of the Student Complaint management Policy and Procedures.

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 there is a fund maintaining the award, the annual value of the award shall be approximately equal to the annual income from the fund.

The amount available in the fund shall be determined each year by the Financial & Business Services Office prior to advertising the award. The capital of the fund may be used to fund the Scholarship. Such amount to be stated in any advertising.

Income from a fund not expended on the award which it maintains, shall be added to and become part of the fund.

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