Birrang Enterprise Development Company Ltd Aboriginal Scholarship
- Applications open
- Closes: 09:00am 15 Jan 2024
- Available to:
Commencing Students only
- Value: $45000
- Duration: Instalments over 3 yrs
Birrang was established in 2003 and has been in continuous operation since its establishment. Birrang is a regional based community service provider offering employment and related services to Aboriginal people of New South Wales. Over time, Birrang has expanded its activities to include people from other cultures and backgrounds, in response to identified needs and opportunities. Birrang have created these scholarships to assist Aboriginal students to gain access to tertiary education and will offer financial support for relocation, accommodation and other educational expenses
STUDY MODE: Online; On Campus; Mixed Mode (Online & On Campus)
CAMPUS: Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; Dubbo; Orange; Port Macquarie; Wagga Wagga
MUST BE STUDYING IN:
Any undergraduate course
Thinking about university?
Identify as Aboriginal (First Nations)
Applicant must answer in the additional scholarship question the following question: "How will the completion of your study improve your life and your local community?"
Applicant must be a resident of the Birrang operational areas (see map below)
PROOF OF ABORIGINAL HERITAGE:
Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC)
The NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (as amended) states that to be a member of a Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC), you must be an Aboriginal person. A letter, on LALC letterhead and signed by either the LALC Chairperson or Chief Executive Officer confirming your acceptance as a member of a LALC, can be provided as proof of Aboriginality.
You can provide a letter of Confirmation from a registered Aboriginal community organisation as proof of Aboriginality.
The letter of Confirmation must:
* be from a registered Aboriginal community organisation, that is:
an Aboriginal association incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (formerly the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976), OR
* an incorporated Aboriginal community organisation where all the members of the organisation are Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or both, AND
* be on the organisation's letterhead, AND
state that you are of Aboriginal descent, and identify as an Aboriginal person, and are accepted by the
* Aboriginal community as an Aboriginal person, AND
state that your Aboriginality has been confirmed and resolved at a duly constituted meeting of the organisation's governing body, AND
* be signed in accordance with the rules of the organisation.
Scholarship is valued at $45,000 and paid in 2x instalments of $7,500 per annum over 3 years. There is an opportunity to review for further support after this period.
In order to receive annual instalments, recipient must maintain a GPA of 4.0 or above and remain enrolled at Charles Sturt for the duration of their scholarship
Guidelines for Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust
The Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust distributes more than 300 student scholarships every year. These scholarships are funded by individuals and organisations who strongly believe in supporting Charles Sturt University and its students.
Who can apply
- Any Australian/New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident who has applied for admission to Charles Sturt University or who is enrolled in a Charles Sturt course. Both on campus and online students are eligible unless otherwise stated in individual scholarship criteria
- Any international students who are classified as an international student in Australia with either a full unconditional offer from Charles Sturt to study in Australia or continuing enrolment as a full-time student at a Charles Sturt University campus. The exemption is scholarships involving work placement due to citizenship requirements for work purposes.
Who cannot apply
- International students studying in their home country, online or at a partnership institution.
How are applications assessed?
Applicants must read scholarship criteria carefully before applying as scholarships are awarded based on the criteria for each scholarship.
Successful applicants are selected after a series of shortlisting processes, including a review by Charles Sturt staff and donors.
From the final shortlist of strong applicants, it is up to the donor to determine the scholarship recipient(s). Sometimes this process will include donors interviewing the strongest candidates.
Conditions of scholarship
If you are a recipient of a Foundation Trust scholarship, you must write a thank you letter to the donor. Email your letter to the CSU Foundation Trust scholarship office at email@example.com we will forward your letter onto the respective donor/s.
How will my scholarship be paid?
Most scholarships valued at $5000 or less are paid in full, unless otherwise specified. Check the scholarship webpage for payment details.
Ongoing scholarship payments are subject to you maintaining satisfactory academic progress and continued enrolment in your course. If these conditions are not met, scholarships may be suspended or terminated.
Can my scholarship be suspended or terminated?
Yes, if you fail to meet the criteria for your scholarship.
Suspension may occur if you fail to maintain the GPA specified in the scholarship criteria.
Suspension or termination of a scholarship will occur if you are excluded from your course. The scholarship may be reinstated if you resume your studies following an exclusion of no longer than one year.
Scholarships will also be terminated if the recipient transfers to another university or place of study. In some instances you maybe required to repay the scholarship amount to the donor via the Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust.
Can I apply for an Approved Leave of Absence (LOA)?
In some circumstances, you may be granted a leave of absence which places your tenured scholarship on hold until you return to study, up to a period of 12 months.
Any request for a leave of absence must be made in writing to the Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust Scholarship Office stating the expected date of return to study. Following re-enrolment, you must advise your return to study to re-activate your scholarship.
The decision to allow a scholarship to be placed on hold is entirely at the discretion of Charles Sturt University.
If the leave of absence is to be for more than 12 months you do not return to study, the scholarship will be terminated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tips on applying for a scholarship
For more read the information provided on the How to Apply tab on each scholarship
Am I eligible to receive more than one Charles Sturt University scholarship?
In most cases students are only eligible to receive one Charles Sturt University Foundation scholarship each year.
Students who are recipients an on-going scholarship that is still current are not eligible to apply for further scholarships during the tenure of their awarded scholarship.
How do I apply for a scholarship that has financial hardship as criteria?
Demonstrate financial hardship by providing
- a Centrelink Income Statement or
- Your last 3 payslips or
- outline your financial need in the 'Additional Financial Information' free text box in application.
When will I be notified of my applications outcome?
Scholarships are assessed by Charles Sturt Scholarship & Financial Support Services once applications have closed. Your application may be reviewed by the scholarship donor who will make the final decision against the scholarship criteria.
In most cases, outcomes will be received within 4 weeks of the closing date.
What relevance does my ATAR have when applying for scholarships?
The ATAR is a rank that allows the comparison of students who have completed different combinations of HSC courses. It is calculated solely for use by institutions to rank and select school leavers for admission to tertiary courses.
If you are a commencing student and apply before you receive your ATAR results, please use the ATAR mark which you obtain following your HSC trials. If your application is successful, you may be asked to provide the original of your HSC ATAR results.
What relevance does my Grade Point Average have when applying for scholarships?
Most scholarships will have a minimum requirement of a 4.0 GPA as part of the eligibility criteria. This signifies a 'passing'grade poiknt average in your degree.
Your GPA can be found by following the 'personal details' link under Administration. The GPA can be found at the bottom of the transcript page.
Do I need to provide a donor thank you letter?
All Foundation scholarship recipients are required to provide a donor thank you letter.
Your scholarship offer is conditional on the provision you complete a letter of thanks to the donor of your scholarship. Donor thank you letters can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If I am successful when and how do I get paid?
Payments will be made by EFT to your nominated bank account or in some cases onto your student account.
Register your bank details with us via online administration.
How to Apply
Step 1: See if you are eligible
Commencing and current Charles Sturt University students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships. Please use the specific eligibility criteria listed on each webpage as a guide to the scholarship that can best support your study requirements.
Read the criteria carefully for each scholarship, you wish to apply for to ensure that you are eligible.
You can apply for multiple scholarships but each scholarship will require a separate application.
Step 2: Complete your scholarship profile
If you are new to Charles Sturt University, before you begin, completed your scholarship profile. This will make applying for multiple scholarships much more efficient as certain fields prepopulate your applications.
Step 3: Prepare your supporting documentation
In most cases, you'll need to supply supporting documentation with your scholarship application.
Check eligibility requirements for details of specific documentation.
Before you submit your application you must have your documentation attached. This can include;
- Financial documentation such as a Centrelink income statement or your last 3 payslips
- Up to date resume
- An essay, research project proposal or reference letters may be requested
- If your selection criteria involves Local Government Areas (LGA), please supply ONE of the following:
- electricity bill
- phone bill
- rates notice
- school record
Step 4: Understand the deadlines
- Pay close attention to scholarship application closing deadlines. Applications submitted past the deadline are not considered.
- Always proof read your answers to the questions and ensure you answer each specific question for the purpose of the scholarship.
- Attach supporting documentation as outlined in the eligibility criteria.