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2018 - Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Economics and Social Policy Scholarship

Status: Open
Applications open: 26/04/2018
Applications close: 24/05/2018

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre's Economics and Social Policy Scholarship is to support broadening access to tertiary education for those traditionally underrepresented at university and who may benefit from financial assistance to attend University.

The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student undertaking studies in the area(s) of economics or social policy. The scholarship reflects Bankwest's commitment to community development and the Centre's aim to improve the lives of West Australians.

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Future Students
Faculty
  • Humanities
  • Science & Engineering
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Health Sciences
Course type
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate Coursework
Gender

Non-gender specific

Nationality
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • New Zealand Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Need Based
Maximum number awarded

1

Value

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Economics and Social Policy Scholarship will provide the following support for the normal expected duration of the degree up to a maximum of 3 years:

  • A total value of $15,000 paid as a cash stipend of $2,500 per semester. The amount can be used at the recipient’s discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses
Eligible courses

All undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses will be considered.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be considered for the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Economics and Social Policy Scholarship:

  • Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder (PHV), or New Zealand citizen
  • Enrolled full time (100 credits) in a Curtin Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework degree as at the scholarship closing date
  • Residing within Australia
  • Minimum course weighted average (CWA) of 50
  • Be able to demonstrate interest/passion for economics and social policy
  • Be from a low socio-economic background and be able to demonstate financial need
  • Not currently hold an industry sponsored scholarship
  • Available to attend BCEC's events and activities, and participate in media and marketing engagements where required

 

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in initial course of study
  • Maintain a full time study load of at least 100 credit points each semester at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 50 each semester
  • Pass all units attempted each semester

Scholarship continuity is subject to meeting satisfactory academic progress as outlined above. Progress will be assessed at the end of each study period. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a recipient with unsatisfactory progress or who breaches the scholarship conditions shall be ineligible to retain the scholarship. Exceptional circumstances must be forwarded to and shall be at the discretion of the Scholarships Office.

Changes to enrolment

If a recipient intends to do any of the following they must also apply in writing to the Scholarships Office (scholarships@curtin.edu.au) for approval BEFORE the change. The Scholarships Office will advise how the change will affect their scholarship.

  • Change from full time enrolment
  • Change of course

Leave of Absence is not permitted.

Withdrawal or Terminated from units or course: A recipient who withdraws from their units or course of study, or has been terminated from studies will become ineligible for continuation of the scholarship, will not receive any further payments and will be required to repay to Curtin University the stipend awarded for that study period if applicable.

How to apply

Application process

Step 1: Apply

  • Application form can be accessed via ‘My Studies’ tab in OASIS or via the ‘Apply Online’ button on the top right-hand side of this page

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process
  • Multiple scholarships can be applied for at one time
  • Tips on how to complete your application can be found under the ‘Application Advice’ tab on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date listed at top of page and within scholarships channel on OASIS
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to student email once application has been submitted

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Demonstrated interest in/passion for economics and social policy
    • Low socio-economic background and financial need

Step 6: Outcome

  • Successful and unsuccessful applicants notified of outcome via Scholarship Channel (Student OASIS) within approx. 4-6 weeks of scholarship closing date

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must accept the terms and conditions via Scholarship Channel (Student OASIS) by deadline

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient need
  • Scholarship will commence from first semester of study for which the scholarship was awarded
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another major, course or university

Need more information?

Enquiries

Scholarships Office

E: scholarships@curtin.edu.au

T: (08) 9266 2992

Frequently Asked questions: https://askcurtin.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/scholarship

Further information

Centrelink

For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/income  or contact a Centrelink Office.  If you require a letter about your scholarship for Centrelink, please contact the Scholarships Office. 

Taxation

Generally scholarship money paid to full-time students is not treated as taxable income, however if your study load is less than 75 credits (part-time) your scholarship money is not tax exempt. Other than the full-time study requirement, the general rule is that scholarships are exempt from taxation unless:

  • It is a condition of the scholarship that a recipient is required to undertake activities that are of use, help or benefit to the scholarship provider - then the student is rendering a service by agreeing to undertake those activities;
  • An award is received by a student where the scholarship is not provided principally for educational purposes.
  • During or upon completion of the degree for which the scholarship is awarded a recipient is required to become, or shall continue to be, an employee of the funding body; or

The Australian Tax Office has a tool to help you determine if your scholarship is taxable.  For expert advice please contact the Australian Taxation Office or your accountant when completing your annual Tax Return.  If a letter regarding your scholarship is required for taxation purposes, please contact the Scholarships Office.

Online Application

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