Scholarships of up to $5,000 per year are available for people from rural NSW who are undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2016.

Map of Rural NSWFor the purposes of these rural NSW is defined by the following boundaries: Berry, Maitland and Lithgow.

These scholarships are for those students living in Rural NSW undertaking their Bachelor of Nursing or Midwifery degree. The awarding of scholarships is a competitive process, since the number awarded is subject to funds being available. Preference will be given to applicants living in locations with the greatest workforce needs, which may change from year to year.

Applications for these scholarships can be made for each year of study, up to a maximum of six years for part-time students.

Applicants may apply annually, however, each application will be reviewed on its merits. It should not be assumed that successful applicants in one year will be successful in subsequent years.

Applications for 2016 have closed. Please continue to check this webpage for further updates.

Terms and Conditions

The scholarships target applicants who reside within a geographical boundary that is experiencing an inability to recruit and retain nurses and midwives.

Rural NSW is defined by the boundaries: Berry, Maitland and Lithgow.

Am I eligible to apply?

  • Are you an Australian citizen or permanent resident living in NSW?
  • Will you be commencing or continuing your Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2016?
  • Are you currently living and have you have lived in a rural location (as defined for the purposes of these scholarships) in NSW for more than five years, within the last ten years?
  • Are you intending to practice in a rural location as a registered nurse or midwife when you complete your studies?
  • If successful, are you willing to participate in an evaluation or telephone survey about the Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship?

If you answered 'yes' to the above questions you are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Application requirements

To apply you are required to provide an essay of 250 - no more than 500 words and the four supporting documents. All of the following must be submitted and received by 20th November 2015. Please note: different essay questions apply depending on whether you have already commenced your nursing or midwifery degree.

All of the following must be included:

Essays

For applicants not yet commenced in a course:

Why do you wish to become a nurse or midwife and what could you offer your own rural community?

For applicants already enrolled in undergraduate degree programs:

Describe how the knowledge of nursing or midwifery practice you have gained so far in your course could be applied in your rural community.

It is advisable that you type your essay in a word document and save it to your hard drive, then copy and paste your essay into the required field in the online application form.

Supporting Documents

The following four documents supporting your application are to be sent to the Health Education and Training Institute and received by 20 November 2015:

  1. Official confirmation of your enrolment in an Australian undergraduate Nursing or Midwifery course in 2016.

    This document must include:
    • your name
    • the name of the course
    • the year of study and a list of the subjects you have enrolled in for 2016.
    Please note: If your enrolment confirmation is unavailable at the time of application, please provide official confirmation of your application for entry into an undergraduate Nursing or Midwifery course. As soon as available, please forward your enrolment confirmation so that your application can be progressed. Generic information about course subjects will not be accepted. All enrolment confirmation must be received by 4th March 2016.

  2. Letter of Support

    You must include a letter from a person who knows you which reflects your rural background, your character and desire to practice nursing or midwifery in a rural setting in the future. An appropriate person could be:
    • your most recent employer
    • your high school principal or senior teacher
    • a health professional or minister of religion who knows you
    • an office bearer in a community or sporting organisation that you are involved in this letter cannot be completed by a family member.

Supply of Documents

It is preferable that you send your supporting documentation by Express Post so that you can track its delivery status by going to: http://www.auspost.com.au/track/

Please send your completed documents to:

Attention: Donna Fong
Health Education and Training Institute
Locked Bag 5022
Gladesville NSW 1675

Application

Please read the entire terms and conditions above and the frequently asked questions below before proceding to the online application form.

Online applications for 2016 have closed.

You need to complete your online application in one session. Once submitted your application cannot be changed. Therefore it is strongly recommended that you write your essay in a Word document before you fill out the online application form. Save the essay to your hard drive, then copy and paste it into the required field in the online application form. When your application is lodged electronically you will be sent a unique ID number via email. It is advisable to keep a record of this number to submit with supporting documents or make enquiries.

Frequently asked questions

When will I know if my application is successful?

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by the end of January 2016.

Can I apply for a scholarship each year of my study?

Provided you meet the eligibility criteria for this scholarship, you can apply for a scholarship for each year of your study. Being successful in one year does not guarantee a scholarship in subsequent years.

Selection

Scholarships are awarded by a selection panel. Decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

What happens next?

If successful, and all your supporting documents have been received in the Health Education and Training Institute, you will receive confirmation of your scholarship offer via email by the end of January 2016. Payments will not be processed until enrolment confirmation has been received.

If you are unsuccessful, you will also be notified via email by the end of January 2016.

If successful, how much money will I receive?

Scholarships are valued at $2,500 for students studying part time and $5,000 for students studying full time.

The amount of funding will be based on your enrolment information supplied. The EFTSL on your enrolment will indicate whether you are a full time or part time student. To be considered to be a full time student your EFTSL must add up to 1.00.

Funding will be adjusted if money is received for your course from another source.

When will I receive my scholarship payment?

It may take up to five weeks to process payments into nominated bank accounts. Please note however that unexpected delays sometimes occur. Payments cannot be made into credit card accounts.

What can I use my scholarship funding for?

Scholarship funding is provided to assist students with educational expenses directly associated with their undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree. The Health Education and Training Institute does not require receipts, however these should be retained by the scholarship recipient for taxation purposes.

What if I defer, withdraw or change my subjects in 2016?

Successful applicants who defer or withdraw from their course or change the number of subjects being studied during 2016 must notify the Health Education and Training Institute in writing within seven days. Full or partial repayment of scholarship funding may be required after review of individual circumstances.

What if I fail a subject in 2016?

Scholarship funds are available to cover all subjects in your course once only. No funds are available if you fail a subject and need to repeat the subject.

What if I owe money from a previous Nursing and Midwifery scholarship?

If a student owes outstanding money from a previous scholarship the offer of the new scholarship will be withdrawn until the funds are repaid.

Refunds

A refund of scholarship funding will be requested should an overpayment be identified, or if you do not continue with your course (subject to individual review).

Income Tax Advice

Full time students - scholarships are considered to be tax exempt income for students who are studying full time at university.

Part time students - generally, scholarship funding provided to part time students, regardless of their employment status, is not considered to be tax exempt income. However, as long as the scholarship funding is used for non-tax deductible expenses it may be classified as exempt income.

Please seek independent taxation advice regarding your personal circumstances where required.

Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) Advice

FBT issue arises with employees in the public health system who receives funding from the Health Education and Training Institute. Please note the following:

  • If the course being studied directly relates to current employment duties, the taxable value of the benefit will be reduced to nil. If there is a nil taxable value there is a nil FBT liability.
  • If the course being studied does not directly relate to current employment duties, the full scholarship payment will attract FBT.
  • Please seek independent taxation advice regarding your personal circumstances where required.

Further information

All successful applicants may be required to participate in an evaluation or telephone survey regarding these scholarships.

For further information about these scholarships email the Project Officer Scholarships at nscholar@doh.health.nsw.gov.au or (02) 9844 6570

Page Updated: Tuesday 5 April 2016