Scholarships of up to $5,000 are available for people from rural NSW who are undertaking first year studies of a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2020.
Applications closed 17 January 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
To apply for a 2020 Rural Undergraduate Scholarship you must:
- be an Australian citizen or permanent resident living in NSW
- be enrolled in your first year of an Australian Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2020
- have lived in a rural location in NSW for more than five years, within the last ten years
- be intending to practice in a rural location as a registered nurse or midwife when you complete your studies
- willing to participate in an evaluation or telephone survey about the scholarship.
For the purposes of these scholarships, rural NSW is defined by the boundaries of Berry, Maitland and Lithgow.
The number of scholarships awarded is subject to funds being available. Preference will be given to applicants living in locations with the greatest workforce needs.
Preparing your application
All applications must include an essay and supporting documents.
Write a 250-500 word essay response to: why do you wish to become a nurse or midwife and what could you offer your own rural community?
Type your essay in a Word document and save it to your hard drive before you upload it to the application form.
Confirmation of enrolment
You must upload an official confirmation of your enrolment in an Australian undergraduate nursing or midwifery course in 2020. This should be a PDF 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 2020.
If your enrolment confirmation is unavailable at the time of application, please provide confirmation of your application for entry and email your enrolment confirmation to MOH-NScholar@health.nsw.gov.au as soon as it is available. Enrolment confirmation must be received by 1 March 2020. Generic information about course subjects will not be accepted.
Letter of support
You must include a letter (as a Word document less than 250KB) 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:
- a recent employer
- a high school principal or senior teacher
- a health professional or minister of religion
- an office bearer in a community or sporting organisation that you are involved in.
This letter cannot be completed by a family member.
How to apply
Applications for 2020 Rural Undergraduate Scholarships must be completed online, in one session. Once submitted, your application cannot be changed.
It is strongly recommended that you write your essay and have all information required before you fill out the application form.
When your application is submitted you will be sent a unique ID number via email. Keep a record of this number to submit with supporting documents or make enquiries about your application.
Applications closed on 17 January 2020.
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 2020.
Can I apply for a scholarship each year of my study?
No, this scholarship is offered to people from rural NSW who are undertaking first year studies of a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2020.
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 2020. 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 2020.
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. 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 2020?
Successful applicants who defer or withdraw from their course or change the number of subjects being studied during 2020 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 2020?
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.
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 implications
No withholding tax has been deducted. Please seek independent tax advice on implications.
Fringe benefits tax (FBT) advice
An FBT issue may arise with employees of the NSW public health system who receive funding from the NSW Ministry of Health. Please seek independent advice regarding your personal circumstances where necessary.
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 MOH-NScholar@health.nsw.gov.au.