Scholarships of up to $5,000 are available for people from rural NSW who are undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2017.

2017 Rural Undergraduate Scholarships are available to all students, no matter what year of study you are undertaking. From 2018 the scholarships will be available to first year students only and will not be available to students in subsequent years.

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

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 open 31 October 2016 and close 20 January 2017.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Terms and conditions

Am I eligible to apply?

  • Are you an Australian citizen or permanent resident living in NSW?
  • Will you be enrolled in an Australian Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2017?
  • Have you 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 scholarship?

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

Application requirements

All of the following must be included

To apply you are required to provide an essay of 250 - 500 words and four supporting documents.

Each applicant is required to upload all the documents during the online application.

Different essay questions apply depending on whether you have already commenced your nursing or midwifery degree.

Essay

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 (docx. file less than 500KB).

Supporting documents

a) Official confirmation of your enrolment in an Australian undergraduate nursing or midwifery course in 2017 (pdf file less than 500KB).

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 2017.

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 email your enrolment confirmation to nscholar@doh.health.nsw.gov.au so that your application can be progressed. Generic information about course subjects will not be accepted. All enrolment confirmation must be received by 3rd March 2017.

b) Letter of Support (docx file less than 500KB)


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.

Application

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

 2017 Rural Undergraduate Scholarship - Application Form

Online applications open on 31 October 2016 and close on 20 January 2017.

Applications must be submitted online. Hand-written applications or applications received by any other means (eg. post or email) will not be processed.

You must complete all parts of the application form. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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 March 2017.

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 up to 2017. Being successful in previous years does not guarantee a scholarship in 2017. From 2018 only first year students may apply.

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 March 2017. 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 March 2017.

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 2017?

Successful applicants who defer or withdraw from their course or change the number of subjects being studied during 2017 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 2017?

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 or 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 issues arise with employees in the public health system who receive 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 Senior Program Officer Scholarships at nscholar@doh.health.nsw.gov.au.

Page Updated: Thursday 3 November 2016