In accordance to the Aboriginal Lands Rights Act 1983, an 'Aboriginal person' means a person who:
In order to provide evidence of Aboriginality, applicants must provide a Confirmation of Aboriginality from:
Scholarships are awarded by a selection panel. Decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. The number of scholarships allocated is subject to total funds available within the 2020 Aboriginal scholarships budget. Applications will be subject to cull, based on scholarship criteria and the provision of the required supporting documents.
Applicants will be notified by letter of the outcome of their application within six weeks, however unexpected delays sometimes occur.
$1,000 per subject being studied in 2020, to a maximum of $8,000. Funding will be adjusted if money is received for your course from another source.
Up to $10,000 dependent on the level of the degree undertaken in 2020:
The scholarship payment process begins once you have provided all required documentation to the Nursing and Midwifery Office. It may take up to six weeks to process payments into nominated bank accounts and unexpected delays sometimes occur. Payments cannot be made into credit card accounts.
Scholarship funding is provided to assist students with educational expenses directly associated with their nursing or midwifery studies. The Nursing and Midwifery Office does not require receipts, however these should be retained by the applicant for taxation purposes.
Successful applicants who defer or withdraw from their course or change the number of subjects being studied during 2020 must notify the Nursing and Midwifery Office in writing within seven days. Full or partial repayment of scholarship funding may be required after review of individual circumstances.
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.
People who receive funding from another source for the same course of study may have their scholarship amount reduced or withdrawn. Please ensure you provide information about other scholarships or funding that you are receiving.
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).
Applications for Aboriginal undergraduate scholarships can be made each year of study, up to a maximum of six years for part-time and distance education students.
Applications for postgraduate scholarships are only awarded one scholarship per degree.
Applications for enrolled nurse scholarships are only awarded one scholarship per course.
You will still need to get your application in by the scholarship closing date for postgraduate scholarships; however, you will not receive your scholarship until you have commenced your university degree.
Scholarships are considered to be tax exempt income for students who are studying full time at university.
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.
FBT issues arise with employees in the public health system who receive funding from the NSW Ministry of Health.
Telephone: 1800 155 325Email: MOH-AboriginalNursing@health.nsw.gov.au