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Townsville Hospital & Health Service Indigenous Academic Merit Scholarship

The Townsville Hospital and Health Service Indigenous Academic Merit Scholarship was inaugurated in 2018 by the Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS).  The academic merit Scholarship is a combined strategy of the University to increase progression and completion rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the JCU Bachelor of Nursing Science and the Bachelor of Nursing Science - Bachelor of Midwifery and the Townsville Hospital and Health Service to improve health service access and health outcomes for the regions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through developing a nursing and midwifery workforce that reflects the diversity of our community.

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

Student TypeUndergraduate, 2nd year
Area of StudyBachelor of Nursing Science or Bachelor of Nursing Science- Bachelor of Midwifery
Total Value$6,000
Durationup to 2 years
Number of Scholarships availableup to 6
Applications Open1 December 2018
Applications Close4 January 2019

Am I eligible?

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

  • I am an Australian citizen who Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • I live and come from the Townsville region
  • I am or will be enrolled full time in my 2nd year of Bachelor of Nursing Science or Bachelor of Nursing Science-Bachelor of Midwifery;
  • I have passed all subjects in my previous semester.

What would I receive?

If you are a successful recipient of this scholarship you will receive $6,000 per year paid in two equal instalments after census date of study period 1 and study period 2 for up to two years, based on meeting the ongoing eligibility.

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 upload the following documents with their application submission:

  • A written statement of no more than 500 words addressing:
    • your aspirations and motivations for nursing; and
    • the potential benefit of the award.
  • A statutory declaration confirming your Aboriginality; and
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae; and
  • No more than 2 references, one of which must be from a JCU Indigenous Academic Support advisor
  • any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion of you and your suitability for the award.

Your residential address will be checked to confirm Townsville region resident.  
When applying for a scholarship it is very important that you ensure that you include all relevant documents (including a completed application) and that your application is submitted before the closing date.
If an application is incomplete, it will not be considered.

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

Introduction

The Townsville Hospital and Health Service Indigenous Academic Merit Scholarship was inaugurated in 2018 by the Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS).  The academic merit Scholarship is a combined strategy of the University to increase progression and completion rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the JCU Bachelor of Nursing Science and the Bachelor of Nursing Science - Bachelor of Midwifery and the Townsville Hospital and Health Service to improve health service access and health outcomes for the regions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through developing a nursing and midwifery workforce that reflects the diversity of our community.

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 $6,000 per year paid in two equal instalments after census date of study period 1 and study period 2 for up to two years, based on meeting the ongoing eligibility.

The Selection Committee may change the value from time to time.

Eligibility Criteria

The Townsville Hospital and Health Service Indigenous Academic Merit Scholarship shall be open to competition among candidates who:

  • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • Reside in the Townsville region;
  • Are or will be enrolled in their second year of the JCU Bachelor of Nursing Science, Bachelor of Nursing-Bachelor of Midwifery;
  • are enrolled full time (minimum of 9 credit points per semester);
  • Have passed all subjects in the previous semester.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria are:

  • academic merit or potential;
  • demonstrate commitment to successful study;
  • letters of reference; and
  • any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate, including whether the candidate has, or will receive any other scholarship or academic merit award assistance during their studies.

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 written statement of no more than 500 words addressing:
    • your aspirations and motivations for nursing; and
    • the potential benefit of the award.
  • A statutory declaration confirming Aboriginality; and
  • A copy of their curriculum vitae; and
  • No more than 2 references, one of which must be from a JCU Indigenous Academic Support advisor
  • any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion of the candidate and their suitability for the award.

Your residential address will be checked to confirm Townsville region resident
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 academic merit award, 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 academic merit award shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:

  • PVC Indigenous Education and Strategy (Chair), or nominee
  • Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery THHS, or nominee;
  • Head of Academic Group – Nursing and Midwifery, or nominee;
  • An Academic advisor from the IERC; and
  • other members deemed appropriate, as determined by the Chair.

The Selection Committee reserves the right:

  • not to award the 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 Academic merit award for a period of one or more years; and
  • to extend an Academic merit award 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 Academic merit award awardee..

Payment

Monies payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid in two equal instalments after census date of study period 1 and study period 2  based on meeting ongoing eligibility.

Ongoing Eligibility

  • The recipient must maintain a minimum of a pass in all subjects;
  • The recipient must be enrolled full time in a minimum of 9 credit points;
  • The recipient must submit a report on the success and challenges experienced during the semester and how the funds have helped with their studies

Where the recipient fails to meet the ongoing eligibility the recipient may submit a statement explaining their circumstances to the Selection Committee for consideration.

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 head of the academic group 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.

Where an award is cancelled pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may, for the remainder of the term for which the original holder would have been entitled to it, be awarded to another suitable candidate.

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.
  • The recipient may not already hold a Bachelors degree.
    The recipient may hold another scholarship, but are advised to review Centrelink income thresholds where relevant.
  • In the event that the recipient suspends their study, the scholarship shall be terminated.
  • 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 Selection Committee may terminate the award or withhold any further payments 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 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 award shall be administered by the Scholarships Office, on behalf of the Selection Committee.
  • The funds of the award shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by Scholarship Office.
  • 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.
"candidate" means the person applying for the scholarship