Three Rivers Continuing Student Rural Health Scholarship

  • Applications closed at 11:59pm 19 Jan 2024
  • Outcome Notice Date:
    16 Feb 2024
  • Available to:
    Continuing Students
  • Value: $2,500
  • Duration: Two payments of $1,250

Provides financial support to assist with the general costs of University education

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for this scholarship you must be:

  1. a continuing student in a health profession course at Charles Sturt University;
  2. studying an undergraduate or postgraduate health degree as an active student, on the Albury/Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange or Wagga Wagga campuses;
  3. enrolled at Charles Sturt in one of the following Three Rivers supported health profession courses:

Faculty of Science and Health

  • Bachelor of Paramedicine
  • Bachelor of Dental Science
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)
  • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (with Specialisations)
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Pathology)
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Master of Speech Pathology
  • Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Faculty of Arts and Education

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work (Professional qualifying)

Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Science

  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Professional Psychology
  1. as a Commonwealth supported student; full fee-paying students are not eligible;
  2. enrolled as a full-time or part-time student (minimum 16 credit points per session)
  3. an Australian citizen
  4. become a member of the Rural Health Positive Club
  5. recipients will be encouraged to promote Three Rivers DRH’s aim to support the growth and development of rural health pathways and initiatives.  In doing so, recipients are asked to  provide articles and updates for the Three Rivers DRH media throughout the year, including for The Current and social media.
  6. this scholarship is open to all students who reside in a rural or regional location
    1. rural origin students from within the Three Rivers DRH footprint will be of preference. Rural origin is defined as five consecutive or ten accumulative years of living in a rural area (defined by Australian Statistical Geographical Standard RA Edition 3)
  7. Questions: Up to 500 words each

  8. * Tell us about yourself and what led you to choose a health degree at Charles Sturt University and how this scholarship will enable you to achieve this?

    * How do you think you might use your skills as a health professional to have a positive impact on your community?

    * Clinical placement is a component of all health courses. What is the importance of having the ability to undertake clinical placement rurally?

To be eligible for this scholarship you must be enrolled in subjects and have met all eligibility criteria by the closing date of this scholarship.


  1. Three Rivers Department of Rural Health (DRH) commencing/continuing student scholarships provide financial support to students undertaking Three Rivers DRH supported health courses.
  2. Financial assistance provided by Three Rivers DRH in the form of a scholarship aims to support students in health courses offered at Charles Sturt University. It is deemed that financial assistance offered will assist with the financial needs of regional or rural based students who originate from within the Three Rivers DRH footprint and studying a health degree, with the aim to participate in rural placements and assist in the promotion of Three Rivers DRH and their offerings.
  3. The Three Rivers DRH scholarships can provide financial assistance in setting students up for the academic year and during intensive school study periods. Scholarships will be administered in two part payments following the census date of Session One and Session Two in the respective academic year. The Scholarship amount will be made as a cash payment into students' nominated banking account.
  4. The Scholarship and Financial Support Services team will be responsible for the assessment, allocation and administration of this scholarship.
  5. The Scholarships and Financial Support Services team receives a high volume of applications for Scholarships; meeting the eligibility criteria may not guarantee applicants a Scholarship offer.
  6. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Scholarship Offer Process

Application - you are required to complete an online application form, prepare a statement of why you have chosen to study at a regional university and provide current supporting documentation.


  1. Applications will be assessed in accordance with the eligibility criteria and information provided.
  2. You may be assessed as eligible but not receive an offer due to quota restrictions.
  3. There are no interviews required.

Outcome - all applicants, both successful and unsuccessful, will be informed in writing of the outcome of their application.


  1. Scholarship payments can be made to your nominated bank account.
  2. Charles Sturt reserves the right to recoup the funds if your circumstances change and the eligibility criteria is no longer met.

Special Circumstances

  1. When considering the initial eligibility criteria of this Scholarship, Charles Sturt will take into account factors such as long-term illness, disability, and ongoing effects of trauma or abuse, First Nations community responsibilities, significant carer responsibilities and course constraints outside a student's control.
  2. In all instances if you are unable to meet the eligibility requirements and wish to be given special consideration, a special circumstances form must be completed.

Scholarship Termination

Charles Sturt will terminate the Scholarship if:

  1. you cease to meet the eligibility criteria as specified in these guidelines.
  2. you are guilty of academic misconduct.
  3. the scholarship was awarded on the basis of false or misleading information. You will be provided with the opportunity to explain and Charles Sturt will  re-assess your entitlement to the Scholarship.
  4. you cancel or withdraw from your  Charles Sturt residential accommodation booking prior to completion of your first year of study.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Upon receipt of a scholarship, you agree to fulfil all requirements as set out in these guidelines.
  2. In accepting a scholarship offer, you consent to Charles Sturt accessing your student records for the purposes of assessing and administering the scholarship.
  3. If your circumstances change you must provide the details in writing to the Scholarships Office at The Scholarships Office will re-assess your eligibility.
  4. Charles Sturt reserves the right to undertake audits of individual scholarship recipients to ensure adherence to these guidelines.
  5. In accepting payment of this scholarship, you agree to provide information for promotional purposes and maybe asked to participate in an evaluation or survey about the Three Rivers Department of Rural health First Year Health Student Scholarship.
  6. By accepting a scholarship offer, you will be expected to:
    1. engage in rural health promotion by undertaking a school visit in your home area within the first year of your degree
    2. be a member of the Rural Health Positive Rural Health Club
  7. You will be asked to acknowledge and agree to the terms and conditions of this scholarship.


To receive this Scholarship, you must meet the eligibility criteria outlined in these guidelines and complete an online application form prior to the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications with incorrect or no supporting documentation will be deemed ineligible.

A Scholarship recipient should be aware that payments may be regarded as income by Centrelink and/or ATO it is the responsibility of the recipient to seek independent advice with respect to implications resulting from receiving this scholarship.

  1. Full time students – scholarships are considered to be tax exempt income for students who are studying full time at university.
  2. 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 or visit Is your scholarship taxable?

Charles Sturt will treat any information provide by the applicant within the terms of relevant privacy legislation. See Charles Sturt’s privacy policy for further information.

Due to privacy laws, any discussion of a scholarship application or recipient will only take place with the scholarship applicant/recipient.

The information collected will be used by authorised University staff to assess eligibility and administer the scholarship program. The information may also be used for assessment purposes for other scholarships, scholarship and equity programs across the University. Recipient names and email addresses may be made available to departments within the University for marketing and research purposes. No details will be used externally for any reason without the recipient’s consent. Students should be aware that they provide information of their own free will.

Personal and health information provided by the applicant will not be made available to any person within the University or external organisation for any other purpose without the applicant’s consent, except where it may be a legal requirement of the University to provide information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to provide further documents/information if the Scholarship Office contact me and request it?

If your application has been made incomplete and you have been requested to provide additional information or documents you have 48 hours from the date you receive the notification to provide the requested information.

What if I have another scholarship/grant?

If you are receiving any other scholarship or grant for the purpose of relocating or accommodation you may not be eligible for this scholarship.

Can I submit a late application?

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Can I save my application and then finish it at a later date?

Yes you can, as long as you log back in and submit your application before the closing date. 

What if I didn't receive the email receipt?

It might take up to 24 hours for your email receipt to come through.
Have you checked your spam or junk mail folder?
Did you provide the correct email address?

If you still haven't received the receipt after 24 hours, send an email to quoting the application number, your name and student ID.

When will I find out if I was successful?

An email notification will be sent by the outcome notice date, as advertised on the website.

If I am successful when and how do I get paid?

Payments will be made onto your student account for accommodation charges.

How do I register my bank details with Charles Sturt?

Register your bank details with Charles Sturt via online administration.

What if my circumstances have changed from what I put on my application form?

You must notify the Scholarship Office immediately by emailing Upon receipt of details regarding a change in circumstances, Charles Sturt may reassess your eligibility.

Will I receive a scholarship/grant if I meet all of the eligibility criteria?

Charles Sturt receives a high volume of applications for scholarships and grants, meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee applicants a scholarship offer.

Can I apply for this scholarship when I’m on a Leave of Absence?

Scholarships cannot be deferred. Scholarship recipients who defer their studies or take a Leave of Absence will have their scholarship withdrawn and the scholarship will not be paid. These students are eligible to apply in a future session providing they still meet the eligibility criteria.

Charles Sturt University will terminate your scholarship offer if:

  • you cease to meet the eligibility criteria;
  • you are guilty of academic misconduct;
  • the scholarship was awarded on the basis of false or misleading information.

Do I have to tell Centrelink or the Australian Tax Office about my scholarship?

A scholarship recipient should be aware that payments may be regarded as income by Centrelink or ATO it is the responsibility of the recipient to seek independent advice with respect to implications resulting from receiving this scholarship.


  1. Active Student:  A student who is enrolled in subject/s in the current/commencing session. This excludes students on approved Leave of Absence.
  2. Carer: For Charles Sturt University’s purposes, a carer is defined as a person of any age, who without being paid (excluding Centrelink), cares for another person who needs ongoing support because of a long-term medical condition, a mental illness, a disability, frailty or the need for palliative care. A carer may or may not be a family member and may or may not live with the person. Volunteers under the auspices of a voluntary organisation are not included. Scholarship recipients may be in receipt of a Centrelink Carer Allowance or Carer Payment.
  3. Census Date: The date at which you can withdraw from a subject or course without financial penalty.
  4. Commencing Student: A student enrolled in and undertaking subjects in their first session of study.
  5. Commonwealth Supported Place:  A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a subsidised higher education enrolment. The Australian Government subsidises a CSP by paying part of the fees for the place directly to the University.
  6. Commonwealth Supported Student:  A student enrolled in a CSP is referred to as a ‘Commonwealth supported student’. Students only pay the ‘student contribution’ amount, set by the university, for their units of study. (As defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003).
  7. Conditional Offer: An offer of a scholarship which is made based on you continuing to meet the eligibility requirements as at session Census Date.
  8. Continuing Student: A student enrolled in, and undertaking, subjects in their second and subsequent sessions of study.
  9. Domestic Student (Student): Means a student with a permanent home address in Australia who is:
    1. An Australian citizen
    2. A New Zealand citizen
    3. A diplomatic or consular representative of New Zealand, a member of the staff of such a representative or the spouse or dependent relative of such a representative; or
    4. A student with an Australian permanent visa.
  10. Financial Need: A person is considered to be in financial need if they are in receipt of an eligible means-tested Centrelink benefit or in financial hardship. Refer to Eligible benefits in these guidelines.
  11. Financial Hardship: A person is considered to be in financial hardship when they find it difficult to provide for themselves, their family or dependents basic necessities such as food, accommodation, clothing, medical treatment and education.
  12. Full Fee paying: If you're a domestic student in a full-fee-paying place, it means your place receives no financial contribution from the government and you are required to pay the full cost of the course.
  13. Full-time: A full-time student is one who is enrolled to undertake an amount of study of at least three quarters (or 75%) of an equivalent full-time study load (EFTSL). At Charles Sturt University, this equates to being enrolled in three or more (8 point) subjects, or 24 subject points or more per session.
  14. Grade Point Average: A grade point is the numerical value assigned to a final grade to allow calculation of a Grade Point Average (GPA). GPA is the average of all final grades obtained by a student for courses within an academic program.
  15. Indigenous: for the purposes of these Guidelines, means a person who is of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and is accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he/she lives or has lived.
  16. Integrated Program: Students are co-enrolled and study at both TAFE and Charles Sturt University.  Under this type of arrangement, specific courses are identified and a formal agreement is signed.
  17. Internal Student:  An internal student is a student that is studying the majority of subjects for any given session of the course as an on campus student.  For example, if a student is enrolled in four subjects for a session, then three or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus).  If a student is enrolled in three subjects for a session, then two or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus). The status as an internal student can change for each session of study.
  18. Leave of Absence: Official approval to be absent from your study, whilst still maintaining the status of enrolled student.
  19. Online Student:  A student enrolled in 75% or more of subjects in a given session studying online.
  20. Part-time:  A part-time student is one who is enrolled in one or two (8 point) subjects per session, which equates to 8 or 16 subject points per session.
  21. Postgraduate: A person who has obtained a degree from a university and is pursuing studies for a more advanced qualification.
  22. Pro Rata: a proportional distribution of the total amount to ensure equal allocation.
  23. Regional, Remote or Very Remote Area:The Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) is a geographical system developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to classify different living zones in Australia.  Classifications are postcode based and are identified as ‘Remote’, ‘Very Remote’, ‘Major Cities’, ‘Inner Regional’ and ‘Outer Regional’. To find your classification, you can view the following map.
  24. Special Circumstances: Circumstances which are beyond the student’s control and which a reasonable person would consider is not due to the student’s action or inaction, either direct or indirect, and for which the student is not responsible. This situation must be unusual, uncommon or abnormal.
  25. Undergraduate: Undergraduate students who are enrolled and are studying for approved undergraduate qualifications at eligible higher education providers. Approved undergraduate qualifications include Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses of study. Enabling courses do not qualify.

How to Apply

Forms and Documents

Download and save any forms you require for your application.


  • Complete an online application form.
  • Applications will be assessed in accordance with the eligibility criteria and supporting documentation.
  • Applications with incorrect or no supporting documentation will be deemed ineligible.
  • You may be assessed as eligible but not receive an offer due to quota restrictions.
  • There are no interviews required.


  • All applicants will be informed in writing of the outcome of their application.
  • Acceptance

    • Successful applicants are required to accept their grant/scholarship offer.
    • Offers not accepted by the offer expiry date will be withdrawn.

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