The Talent Today, Talent Tomorrow Scholarship

In 2013 as part of its’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) announced a new scholarship to be awarded to a successfully selected Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Australian South Sea Islander student from the Gladstone region. The Talent Today, Talent Tomorrow Scholarship aims to facilitate increased opportunities for local Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander people by recognising and supporting their commitment to further education.

Scholarship Value: Up to $21,000

Length of Scholarship: Over 2 years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 06 February 2017

Closing Date: 10 March 2017

Eligibility
Study LevelUndergraduate
Year of StudyFirst Year; Continuing (2nd year or greater); 3rd year or greater
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen
EthnicityAboriginal; Torres Strait Islander; South Sea Islander
Study Region
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadAll loads
GenderEither

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive the GPC Talent Today, Talent Tomorrow Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be enrolled at an approved Australian University at HELP census date
  • Be enrolled in either part-time or full-time undergraduate academic program
  • Provide evidence that they belong to either the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Australian South Sea Islander community
  • Provide evidence that they, or their parents, reside in either the 4680, 4677, 4694 or 4695 postcode areas.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should complete an application form and provide a 500 word statement demonstrating:

  • How this Scholarship will assist with their studies
  • Involvement in community and connection to culture to date
  • Description of key achievements
  • Career aspirations
  • Any additional documentation or evidence to support their application.

Applicants are required to include two (2) referees:

  • One (1) Professional or Academic Referee
  • One (1) Personal Referee (must have known applicant for at least two (2) years)

Please note: GPC may contact an applicant’s referees to discuss their scholarship application.

Additional Information

Scholarship recipients will receive a payment of $3,500 on the successful completion of each semester, for a total of $7000 annually, for up to three (3) years.

In addition to this scholarship recipients whose area of study aligns with GPC’s areas of business, (e.g. Engineering, Environmental Science, Business, Finance, Human Resources, Community Relations) may also apply to be considered for six (6) weeks paid vacation placement each year, during the life of their scholarship. 

Communication / Correspondence 

GPC will send correspondence regarding a successful or unsuccessful application to the mailing address listed on the scholarship application. Applicants are required to notify GPC’s Community Relations Officer – Indigenous Affairs of a change to their contact details via the details below:

GPC Community Relations Officer – Indigenous Affairs
PO Box 259
Gladstone Q 4680
Phone: 07 4976 1649
Email: dudleyl@gpcl.com.au

Academic Performance 

To receive ongoing scholarship payments, recipients must maintain satisfactory academic performance, i.e. scholarship recipients must pass the requisite program designated GPA or pass level for each subject, or as an average, as is required by each university.

GPC’s Community Relations Officer – Indigenous Affairs will consult with the recipient’s university in order to monitor academic progress and enrolment status for continued scholarship payments.

Reporting Requirements

At the end of each semester, scholarship recipients may be required to submit a copy of their academic transcript or certificate of attainment directly to GPC's Community Relations Officer - Indigenous Affairs at dudleyl@gpcl.com.au

Ongoing scholarship payments will not be processed until confirmation of academic results and enrolment status has been received.

If a recipient’s academic performance has been unsatisfactory within a semester, GPC will undertake a review in regards to the continuation of the scholarship.

Please note: Scholarship recipients will be assessed for eligibility each semester. If a recipient does not meet the eligibility criteria at the time of assessment their scholarship may be suspended or terminated.

Supporting Documentation

Application checklist 

  1. Please tick each box to ensure inclusion of all items.
  2. Ensure you have read and understood each section of this application kit.
  3. Ensure you specify the discipline you are currently studying or applying to study.
  4. Ensure you have answered all questions and that the information you have provided in the application is complete and accurate.
  5. Submit your completed application form, including:
    1. A current resume
    2. Contact information for two (2) referees
    3. Evidence that you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Straight Island and/or Australian South Sea Islander person. This may include: an ABSTUDY statement or written confirmation by a recognised representative of our local Indigenous and Australian South Sea Islander community of your Indigenous and/or Australian South Sea Islander status (usually through our local Land Council, but other evidence will be considered).
    4. Copies of academic results and/or transcripts for the past two (2) years.

How to apply

Applications close Friday, 10 March 2017. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please send scholarship applications and enquiries to:

GPC Community Relations Officer – Indigenous Affairs
PO Box 259
Gladstone Q 4680
Phone: 07 4976 1649
Email:    dudleyl@gpcl.com.au

Please note: Applicants will receive automatic confirmation of your application if applying online.

How will I know the outcome of my application?

GPC will send correspondence regarding a successful or unsuccessful application to the mailing address listed on the scholarship application.

Donor details

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC)

www.gpcl.com.au 

1800 243 GPC