Within the Youth Justice System both across Queensland and Australia, there is an over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the Far North and North Queensland region consistently showing the highest rates for the state of Queensland. The implementation of the scholarship will assist Youth Justice by increasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce to continue to build on cultural capability and competence within the department
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 $15,000 which includes $10,000 paid in two equal instalments (after Study Period 1 and Study Period 2) towards study expenses. The remainder as 4 weeks paid placement.
The Youth Justice First Nations Scholarship shall be open to competition among applicants who:
- Are Australian citizens or Permanent residents; and
- Are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent; and
- Are in their final year of study in the area of Psychology or Social Work
- Can be enrolled full time or part time in an Undergraduate or post graduate course in the area indicated above..
The Selection Criteria are:
- Academic merit or potential with a GPA of at least 4.0;
- The content of the written statement or video presentation; and
- The character of the applicant for the award; and
- Any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate, including whether the applicant has, or will receive any other scholarship assistance during their studies.
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 statutory declaration or authorised statement of their Indigenous status;
- A certified copy of their academic record from any other academic institution.;
- Written Statement (500 words) or Video Presentation (up to 3 mins) addressing the following:
- How do you identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?
- How you believe cultural competence or awareness is developed?
- Why you would like to work for Youth Justice?
- A character reference attesting to the applicant’s good character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship; this must be a referee who is their current supervisor/teacher or someone who is familiar with their work/study.
- 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 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.
Selection for scholarships will be determined by:
- Short-listing of written or video applications based on evidence addressing criteria in the application form
- Interview of selected candidates
- Examination of character references
- Pre-employment checks
The selection process will be conducted in an open and transparent manner ensuring that there is ample opportunity for each applicant to discuss the program and options and to ensure that fair and unbiased decisions are made. Interviews may be conducted face-to-face or by telephone depending on location of the panel and the applicant. Following interviews, referee checks are to be completed for the most meritorious applicants.
The award of the scholarship shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:
- Representative from the Youth Justice Department (Chair), or nominee
- Head of Social Work or Psychology or nominee; and
- 1 or 2 members of the Youth Justice Department, or nominee; and
- Other members as deemed appropriate by the Chair.
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 require applicants to undertake an interview as part of their application.
- The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection of the Scholarship awardee.
Monies payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid in one instalment after the census date of Study Period 2. (The availability of the 4 week paid placement will be negotiated with the recipient)
- 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.
- 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 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.
If the holder of an award fails to comply with any of these provisions or any provision relating to a particular award, the Selection Committee 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 Student Complaints Policy and Procedures
In the event that the recipient suspends their study, the scholarship shall be terminated.
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.
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.
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