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How many scholarships are awarded each year?

Does the scholarship cover all tertiary courses?

Will the scholarship affect my Abstudy?

How are scholarship recipients selected?

What is expected of scholarship recipients?

Can I receive other scholarships at the same time?

What happens if I fail one or more units?

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How much will I receive?

 
How many scholarships are awarded each year?

This will vary, at the Trust's discretion.  Five inaugural scholarships were awarded in 2019.

However, because the scholarship is multi-year and runs until each student completes their course, we expect that many scholarships may eventually be running at any given time.

Does the scholarship cover all tertiary courses?
 

No.  It only applies to:

  • Enabling or bridging courses

  • A first undergraduate degree

  • A second degree in a field that is only offered at post-graduate level and requires a general undergraduate degree as a pre-requisite for entry eg some universities only offer medicine or law courses as a Doctorate

It does not cover:

  • Certificate or Diploma courses (other than enabling/bridging courses)

  • Second or subsequent undergraduate degrees (except as noted above)

  • Post-graduate courses (except as noted above)

 
How much will I receive?

The maximum possible value of the scholarship is $10,000 per year. How much is awarded depends on how many units you study each semester and the type of accommodation you live in.

Full-time and Part-time study

You are generally required to be enrolled in the maximum number of units per semester that are required to complete your course in the minimum time allotted by the university/institution ie an 'Equivalent Full Time Study Load' (EFTSL) of 1.0 for the year.

 

If you are studying part time, we may consider your application. If you are successful, your payments will be adjusted at a pro rata rate.

Type of accommodation

The type of accommodation you live will impact how much you receive:

  • University colleges: 100% of the fees to a maximum of $10,000 per year

  • Approved supported accommodation programs: 100% of the fees to a maximum of $10,000 per year

  • Student housing (independent living) and other rental accommodation: 75% of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per year

 

The scholarship is for the cost of fair and reasonable accommodation.  Apart from university colleges and supported accommodation programs, reasonable accommodation for a single person is considered to be a one bedroom apartment or one bedroom in student housing or a share house.  

 

So if you live in a share house, the scholarship is for your share of the rent only.  If you live alone in accommodation with more than one bedroom, we will contribute to the equivalent cost of the first bedroom. If you have dependents, we may consider assisting with the additional costs of extra bedrooms.

The scholarship will be paid directly to your accommodation provider or landlord.

 

No, we don’t believe it will. Because the scholarship is paid directly to your accommodation provider, Centrelink don't consider it income. However, please confirm this with Centrelink.

 
Will the scholarship affect my Abstudy?
How are scholarship recipients selected?
How are scholarship recipients selected?

The main things we will expect of you are:

  • Maintain good academic progress

  • Comply with your accommodation provider’s tenancy agreement

  • Maintain contact with our Project Officer and inform us of any changes to your circumstances

  • Attend an annual gathering to meet other scholarship recipients and the Trust’s management committee

 

We will also ask you to provide the evidence of your academic progress and tenancy compliance.

 

For academic progress you will need to provide:

  • Proof of enrollment at census date of each semester

  • Proof of academic results at the conclusion of each semester

 

For tenancy compliance you will need to either authorize us to liaise directly with your accommodation provider or provide:

  • the tenancy agreement/accommodation contract

  • where relevant, all Property Inspection Reports

  • a sample rent receipt (once per semester)

Our primary selection criteria are:

  • Financial need

  • Capacity to complete the selected university course – how suited you are to the course and your ability to apply yourself to achieve your goals.

 
What is expected of scholarship recipients?
 
What happens if I fail one or more units?

Generally, we expect students to make good academic progress but understand that sometimes things don’t go smoothly. We want you to complete the study wherever possible, so if you experience a hiccup, we will work with you to support you through it. Be sure to let us know if you start experiencing difficulties.

  • Generally, you will have one semester to ‘self-correct’ and pass all your units the following semester

  • If you subsequently fail another unit, the scholarship be reduced pro rata for the semester following the failure. It will be fully reinstated once you pass all your units in a semester.

  • If you fail all your units in a semester, the scholarship may be terminated.

 
Can I receive other scholarships?

Generally no, but it will depend on your circumstances and the type/value of the other scholarships. It is definitely worth applying in the first instance.

 
What if I have more questions?

Our friendly Project Officer, Katrina, is happy to discuss your situation and answer any queries you might have. You can phone or text her on 0467 154 203 or email contact@minniebairstowscholarship.org

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