Poche Scholarship Rules

Purpose

The Poche Scholarships were established in 2011 by The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being at Flinders University. The scholarships are designed to provide financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students of the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Students enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degrees in Health or Health related fields of study including, but not limited to, medicine, nursing, midwifery, paramedic, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, optometry, audiology, nutrition and dietetics, public health or health administration, are encouraged to apply. The scholarships are designed to address the substantial level of family responsibilities and other costs incurred by Indigenous students in the course of their tertiary study.
 

Benefits

New scholarships of $25,000 per annum may be offered biennially for the length of the degree, to a maximum of 5 years full-time study. The award of these scholarships will depend on funding available in any given year.
 

Source of Funds

The Poche Scholarships are made possible through a generous donation from Mr Greg Poche AO. A leading Australian philanthropist, Mr Poche has supported a growing network of Poche Centres for Indigenous Health. He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Flinders University.

 

Eligibility

Applicants must:
 
  • be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or both; and
  • be accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which they live or have lived; and
  • be enrolled full time in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree within the College of Medicine and Public Health or the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
 

Selection

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of: academic merit, references, financial need, motivation, and community involvement. Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of their financial situation, their academic record thus far, referee reports, a description of self-motivation and a profile of their community involvement. All applications deemed eligible will be assessed by a three-person panel against these criteria. Selection procedures will be transparent and approved by the Director, Student Administration Services and the Director, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being.
 

Tenure

The Poche Scholarships will be awarded for the length of the student’s degree up to a maximum of five years of full-time (equivalent) study (36 units per annum). The scholarship will be paid in equal fortnightly instalments. Students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by University Policy.
 

Leave

Subject to approval, scholarships may be suspended for a period of no more than one year (two semesters).

 

Applications

Applications will be accepted online via the Flinders University Student System by the specified closing date.

 

Advertising

The scholarships will be advertised on the University website and other appropriate media as determined by The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being at Flinders

 

 

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