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2019 - ATSI HECS Exempt Scholarship - Postgraduate students - Closed

2019 - ATSI HECS Exempt Scholarship - Postgraduate students is now closed.

Status: Closed
Applications open: CLOSED
Applications close: CLOSED

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The ATSI HECS Exempt Scholarship has been developed by the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work to encourage and support students from Indigenous Australian backgrounds who have demonstrated academic achievement and are interested in pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy or Social Work.

Student type
  • Future Students
Faculty
  • Health Sciences
Course type
  • Postgraduate Coursework
Specifically for
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Students
Gender

Non-gender specific

Nationality
  • Australian Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
Value

The ATSI HECS Exempt Scholarship will provide the following support for the expected duration of the recipient's masters degree (based on a full-time study load of 100 credits per semester):

  • Total cost of student tuition fees (excluding the Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF)) up to a maximum of two years and six months

Fees will be paid directly to the student fee account in two instalments per year to be paid prior to the census date relevant to each enrolled semester. 

The Scholarship does not cover the Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF)

Eligible courses
  • Graduate Entry Master of Occupational Therapy
Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the ATSI HECS Exempt Scholarship:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Receipt of an offer of a place into a Graduate entry Master of Occupational Therapy course in 2019

Preference given to students from a regional or remote area

This scholarship is deferrable for up to one year

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in an eligible degree
  • Maintain a full-time study load of 100 credit points each semester at Curtin University, unless agreed to by the School of Occupational Therapy & Social Work (This request must be noted before the study change)
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 50 each semester
  • Pass all enrolled units 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 circumstancesmust be forwarded to and shall be at the discretion of the Scholarships Office in consultation with the faculty of Health Sciences.

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
  • Leave of absence: Student must complete at least one semester before applying for a leave of absence from their school. If approved, the maximum period of leave is 12 months. Please note that leave of absence is separate from deferral. 

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 the University the stipend awarded for that study period if applicable.

How to apply

Application process

Step 1: Download

  • Application form and guide available to download from right hand side of this page when scholarship is open for application

Step 2: Complete

  • Important information such as formatting and documentation requirements are detailed in the application guide

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date listed at top of page and on application form
  • Late or incomplete applications will be assessed as unsuccessful

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt sent via email within 10 working days of receiving application

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Academic merit
    • Receipt of an offer of a place into an eligible masters degree at Curtin University in 2019

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcome sent via email listed through TISC on 21 December 2018 (all successful and unsuccessful applicants notified)

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants (including those who wish to defer their studies) must return acceptance documents by 31 January 2019
  • Deferral of this scholarship is permitted (details included in scholarship terms and conditions)

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient merit
  • Scholarship will commence from first semester of study
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another course or university

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:

In Person:
Curtin University
Scholarships Office
Building 101, level 1
Kent Street
BENTLEY WA

Post:
Curtin University
Scholarships Office
Building 101, level 1
GPO Box U1987
PERTH WA 6845

Fax:
08 9266 3279

Please note: All applications must be signed.

Need more information?

Enquiries

Scholarships Office

Email: scholarships@curtin.edu.au

Telephone: (08) 9266 2992

Frequently Asked questions: 

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

Further information

For advice on how to complete your application, please download the Application Guide.

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for, and if successful, will be awarded the highest value scholarship. If students are successful in receiving an offer for more than one scholarship valued the same, they will have the opportunity to select their preferred scholarship. 

For further information about holding more than one scholarship contact scholarships@curtin.edu.au

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; or
  • During or upon completion of the degree for which the scholarship is awarded a candidate is required to become, or shall continue to be, an employee of the funding body.

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.

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