St John of God Health Care NSW Services ATSI Nursing Scholarships

Established in 2016, based on the foundational principles it is the desire of St John of God Health Care NSW Services to support ACU’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing students through a scholarship. The St John of God Health Care (SJGHC) Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) expresses the desire to work collaboratively and respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the process of Reconciliation. Central to this is the goal of engaging in a manner that provides a range of services and opportunities to foster career opportunities within the health sector.

One scholarship is available each year, valued at $30,000 in total. The scholarship will be paid as one $10,000 instalment per annum for a maximum of three years.

In addition, the Scholarship recipient will be offered paid work as an Assisted in Nursing (AIN) in the second year of the Scholarship. This would consist of a minimum of two shifts per fortnight during the University term or as per hospital requirements at one of the three SJGHC sites. SJGHC will be supportive of the preference/location of the recipient where possible.

This scholarship is open to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Studying at the North Sydney campus
  • Enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Nursing
  • In the first, second, or third year of their course

Required Documentation
The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • A written statement of approximately 400 words outlining:
    • Commitment to the Nursing profession and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare overall;
    • Personal career aspiration.
  • Evidence of academic merit.

Selection Criteria
Applications are assessed on the strength of the following criteria:

  • Written statement
  • Academic merit.

Selection Process
The recipients will be shortlisted by the Scholarships Office and recipients selected by a selection committee comprising of one representative each from the School of Nursing, First Peoples and Equity Pathways and St John of God Health Care NSW.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview.

Ongoing requirements
Recipients are requested to submit a letter of appreciation for the donor explaining how the Scholarship has assisted them. The letter should be submitted to the Scholarships Office no later than 1 October each year.