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Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship

The purpose of the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship is to improve the educational opportunities available to Australian South Sea Islanders in tertiary education.

Scholarship Value: Up to $10,000 ($5,000 payments for full-time students / $2,500 payments for part-time students)

Length of Scholarship: 1 year initially Scholars who will maintain a satisfactory GPA and maintain eligibility criteria will have the option to be considered mid 2021 for a second, one year only, scholarship. The value of that Scholarship will vary.

Number Available: 1 (One)

Opening Date: 15 September 2020

Closing Date: 08 January 2021

Study LevelUndergraduate
Year of StudyFuture; First year; 2nd year; 3rd year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen
EthnicitySouth Sea Islander
Study RegionAll
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadAll loads
GenderAny

To be eligible to receive the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled or intending to enrol in any undergraduate course at CQUniversity in Term 1, 2021;
  • Be a direct descendant of the South Sea Islanders who were brought into Queensland and New South Wales between 1863 and 1904 and worked as indentured labourers;
  • Be a member of the Australian South Sea Islander community;
  • Have not previously completed an undergraduate degree;
  • Be an Australian Citizen;
  • Be enrolled as at Census Date in Term 1, 2021;
  • Not be receiving another CQUniversity Scholarship of similar or higher value.

Preference will be given to students who demonstrate academic merit and demonstrate financial need.

Applicants will be assessed on the application form and a written submission of no more than 500 words addressing the following:

  • Career goals and how the Scholarship will assist you in achieving your educational objectives;
  • Extracurricular activities – especially community and volunteering activities and demonstration of leadership.
  • Life experiences

This scholarship is provided by the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation (ASSICF), a sub fund of the Queensland Community Foundation (QCF), in partnership with CQUniversity.

Ongoing Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the eligibility criteria, the successful applicant must:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 4.0 each term
  • Remain enrolled in the course as at Census Date each term.
  • Complete 2 x additional pathways (recipient’s choice of remaining topics) of Blackbullion financial literacy platform prior to         Term 2 Census Date.

Please note that failure to meet the continuing eligibility criteria may result in the scholarship being cancelled.

Additional Information

Students may request a deferral of their scholarship in special circumstances. This request must be made through the Scholarships and Financial Assistance Team and should occur in conjunction with an official Leave of Absence request to the University. If approved, a scholarship may only be deferred for a maximum period of two terms (excludes Term 3). Students must still maintain a minimum GPA of 4.0 in the term directly before taking a Leave of Absence.

In special circumstances, a student may also make a request to transfer their scholarship to an alternative course of study. This require must be through the Scholarships and Financial Assistance Team and is at the discretion of the scholarship donor.

Expectations of Recipients

As an added professional development opportunity, all scholarship recipients are expected to engage with Blackbullion, an online interactive financial literacy platform. Scholarship recipients must complete the “budgeting” pathway + 1 (one) other module of their choice prior to the first payment being made.

As a scholarship recipient, you will be asked to participate in a feedback survey. You may also be approached to assist with positively promoting CQUniversity’s Scholarship program by sharing your experiences as a recipient through media or invited to attend events such as Orientation or Open Days.

Applications must include all necessary supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will need to supply the following supporting documentation:

  • Letter of support from a registered Australian South Sea Islander organisation
  • Written submission
  • CQUniversity unofficial transcript or documentation demonstrating prior academic achievement
  • Documentation demonstrating community involvement, exemplary work or demonstration of leadership
  • Resume

To apply for an Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation Scholarship:

  1. Complete a Scholarship Online Application Form, ensuring all supporting documentation is completed and attached as outlined here
    • For Current students (applicants who have already have a Student ID number) apply through MyCentre. You will need to log in with your student details.
    • For Future students (applicants who have applied or are intending to apply to study at CQUniversity but not yet received or accepted an offer) apply now.
  2. Complete Applications must be received at the Student Scholarships Office by 5pm AEST on the closing date.

    Failure to supply requested documents will result in your application being incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

A selection panel, consisting of representatives from CQUniversity will be formed to determine the successful applicants. Preference will be given to applicants who do not identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, who demonstrate academic merit and have a financial need. A scholarship will only be offered where there is an applicant of sufficient merit. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications as soon as possible after the selection panel meets.
The Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation

This scholarship is provided by the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation (ASSICF), a sub-fund of the Queensland Community Foundation (QCF), in partnership with CQUniversity.