BMA Indigenous Scholarship Program

The BMA Indigenous Scholarship Program supports Indigenous students entering or enrolled in their first or second year of study in a Bachelor program which is not mining or engineering related. Applicants should demonstrate community involvement in the Bowen Basin region and a future desire to contribute to the communities where BMA operates.

Scholarship Value: Up to $20,000 ($2,500/term based on full-time study each term) (Terms 1 & 2 ONLY)

Length of Scholarship: Duration of degree program (up to 4 years)

Number Available: 3

Opening Date: 24 April 2017

Closing Date: 21 July 2017

Study LevelBachelor; Undergraduate
Year of StudyFuture/First Year; First Year; Continuing (2nd year or greater)
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; Permanent Resident
EthnicityAboriginal; Torres Strait Islander
Study Region
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadFull time

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive a BMA Indigenous Scholarship an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be entering or being enrolled into their first or second year of study at CQUniversity in a Bachelor degree that will contribute towards alleviating the skills shortages in the specified region (excluding engineering and mining related areas), in Term 2 2017
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled at CQUniversity at Census Date of Term 2 2017
  • Be studying a full-time course load (18 credit points or more) each term (Term 1 & 2)
  • Not be receiving another Donor Funded* Scholarship
  • Provide evidence that they belong to one of the recognised Indigenous Traditional Owner groups in BMA’s footprint or identify as Indigenous
  • Provide evidence that they or their parents reside permanently in either
    Moranbah, Emerald/Capella, Dysart, Blackwater, Sarina/Hay Point or
    Gladstone (4680, 4717, 4720, 4723, 4737, 4740, 4744, 4745)**

**IMPORTANT: Applicants may be considered if they do not reside in the geographical area however demonstrate a desire to contribute to the Bowen Basin

*Donor Funded: refers to a scholarship which is only available to CQUniversity students, funded by an individual or organisation external to the University (excluding Federal Government funded Commonwealth and Equity Scholarships)

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on an application form a written submission and supporting documentation (certificates, school results, community involvement information) addressing the following:

  • How your intended area of study will address the needs of Central Highlands and/or Isaac regional areas upon completion of the program, Mackay or Gladstone regional areas upon completion of the program
  • What community activities or initiatives you have been involved in or other link to you have to the Bowen Basin
  • How the BMA Indigenous Scholarship and CQUniversity will assist you to be what you want to be

Applicants should also provide with their application:

  • Two referees, one personal and one professional (employer or high school)
  • Evidence of permanent address as per the eligibility criteria

Applications are encouraged from students who identify as having a disability, are disadvantaged or are from a low socioeconomic background, or who live in a rural and remote area

Additional Information

In addition to the ongoing eligibility requirements, the successful applicant/s must:

  • Maintain at least a GPA of 4.0 throughout duration of their degree
  • Remain enrolled in the program as at Census Date of each Term (terms 1 & 2 only)
  • As a donor scholarship recipient, you may be approached to assist with positively promoting the CQUniversity Scholarships program by sharing your experiences as a recipient through media and at events such as Open Day.

Payment of the Scholarship

Payment will be made to the successful applicant after Census Date of Terms 1 and 2 each year.  Payment will be for $2,500 (based on the student studying full time) and credited electronically to the student's nominated bank account.

Supporting Documentation

  • 500 word statement
  • two referees plus
  • any additional supporting documentation to strengthen your application

How to apply

To apply for the BMA Indigenous Scholarship Program:

  1. Read the Scholarship Guidelines to check for eligibility and documentation required
  2. Complete a Scholarship Online Application Form, ensuring all supporting documentation is completed and attached as outlined in the Scholarship Guidelines
    • For Current students (applicants who have already have a Student ID number) here to 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) click here to apply
  3. Complete Applications must be received at the Student Life and Wellbeing Centre, Scholarships Office by 5pm on the closing date.

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

How will I know the outcome of my application?

A selection panel, consisting of representatives from BHP Billiton and CQUniversity will meet to shortlist the applications. Short-listed applicant will be contacted to participate in an interview with the selection panel. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications as soon as possible after the selection process has been finalised. A scholarship will only be offered where there is an applicant of sufficient merit.

Donor details

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) are providing undergraduate scholarships to encourage enrolments in Higher Education by students who reside in BMA's communities of interest; Moranbah, Emerald/Capella, Dysart and Blackwater.

The BMA Scholarship Program provides funding to students in the regional areas in which BMA operates, to encourage enrolment at CQUniversity's Central Queensland campuses in areas of study that can influence skills shortages in the region and are unrelated to mining disciplines. Key areas of interest are medical and nursing careers, allied health, business and education.

The program incorporates community and Indigenous scholarships.