The Inland Rail Scholarships
- Applications closed at 11:59pm 5 Feb 2020
- Value: $20,000 MAX
- Duration: Duration of undergraduate degree
The Inland Rail Scholarships Program, established by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), aims to provide education opportunities for regional students considering studying at Charles Sturt University, La Trobe University and the University of Southern Queensland. The Scholarships Program is part of the Inland Rail Skills Academy, which is creating value for communities along the Inland Rail alignment by offering education and training programs which increase the number of skilled local residents. Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project that will enhance supply chains and complete the backbone of the national freight network by providing for a transit time of 24 hours or less for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Inland Rail will transform the way we move freight around the country, connect regional Australia to markets more efficiently, drive substantial cost savings for producers and consumers, and deliver significant economic benefits.
CAMPUS: Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; Dubbo; Orange; Port Macquarie; Wagga Wagga
MUST BE STUDYING IN:
Any undergraduate course studied full time on campus such as any Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics degrees or other careers needed to support regional economies and communities
The Inland Rail Scholarships aim to encourage and enable prospective students to pursue careers to enrich and diversify regional economies and contribute positively to their communities.
Open to domestic students only.
Financial Hardship, circumstances or disadvantage impacting your ability to study (completion of the hardship section of the online application is compulsory).
Applicants to be long term residents of the following LGAs :- City of Albury / Greater Hume / City of Wagga Wagga / Junee / Temora / Bland / Weddin / Forbes / Parkes / Narromine / Dubbo / Gilgandra / Warren / Coonamble / Narrabri / Warrumbungle / Moree Plains / Gwydir / Goondiwindi (supporting documentation such as rates notice, electricity bill etc to be provided).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply.
Scholarship is paid out over twice yearly instalments of $2,500 pending ongoing full time enrolment and satisfactory GPA is maintained.
3 Year degree = $15,000 max
4 Year degree = $20,000 max
An additional one off payment of $1,000 will also be provided to assist with upfront relocation and/or other study costs.
DEMONSTRATING INLAND RAIL INVESTMENT :
Inland Rail is investing in local communities during the construction of its project. To demonstrate this investment, scholarship students will be required to sign a talent release form and potentially participate in the occasional local promotional event or activity.
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 CSU and its students.
Who can apply
- Any Australian/New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident who has applied for admission to CSU or who is enrolled in a CSU 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 CSU to study in Australia or continuing enrolment as a full-time student at a CSU campus. The exemption is scholarships involving work placement due to citizenship requirements for work purposes.
Who cannot apply
- International students studying via online from their home country.
- International students studying via CSU’s international partners in their home country.
Will I be notified that my application has been received?
Yes. You will be notified by email when your online application has been successfully submitted. You will also receive an email reminder for draft applications prior to the scholarship close date.
Can I be awarded more than one scholarship?
It depends on the particular scholarships as each scholarship has its own conditions which state whether the student can hold other scholarships or not.
This information is outlined in the eligibility criteria for each scholarship and it is incumbent upon the applicant to ensure they meet the criteria for each scholarship they apply for.
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 CSU 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
Recipients must write a thank you letter to their donor. Letters are to be emailed to the CSU Foundation Trust scholarship office at email@example.com which will be forwarded onto the respective donors.
How will my Scholarship be paid?
Most Scholarships valued at $5000 or less are paid in full, unless otherwise specified. Scholarships valued at more than $5000 or with a specified tenure will be paid in two instalments per annum (check the scholarship webpage for payment details).
Scholarships are subject to the student maintaining satisfactory academic progress and continued enrolment in their course. If these conditions are not met, Scholarships may be suspended or terminated.
Can I defer my scholarship offer?
Typically, no. The vast majority of scholarships cannot be deferred. Please refer to scholarship conditions for further clarification around deferring or suspension of a scholarship.
Can my scholarship be suspended or terminated?
Yes, if you fail to meet the criteria for your scholarship.
Suspension may occur if the recipient fails to maintain satisfactory grades or the GPA specified in the scholarship criteria.
Suspension or termination of a scholarship will occur if the recipient is excluded from their course. The scholarship may be reinstated if the recipient resumes their studies following an exclusion of no longer than one year.
Termination of a scholarship will occur if the recipient withdraws or cancels their enrolment or if the recipient fails to maintain satisfactory grades over a prolonged period. Scholarships will also be terminated if the recipient transfers to another university or place of study. In some instances the recipients will be required to repay the scholarship amount to the donor via the CSU Foundation Trust.
Can I apply for an Approved Leave of Absence (ALA)?
In some circumstances, students may be granted a leave of absence which places their tenured scholarship on hold until they return to study, up to a period of 12 months.
Any request for a leave of absence must be made in writing to the CSU Foundation Trust Scholarship Office stating the expected date of return to study. Following re-enrolment, the student must advise of their return to study to re-activate their scholarship.
The decision to allow a scholarship to be placed on hold is entirely at the discretion of CSU.
If the leave of absence is to be for more than 12 months or if at the end of 12 months the student does not return to study, the scholarship will be terminated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which students can apply for a scholarship from the Charles Sturt University Foundation?
Students who are Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who have applied for admission to Charles Sturt University or who are enrolled in a course at the University can apply. Both on-campus and distance education students are eligible.
International students can apply for a Charles Sturt University Foundation scholarship if they are classified as an international student in Australia, have a full unconditional offer from CSU to study in Australia or are a continuing enrolled full time international student at a CSU campus (the exception may be a scholarship involving work placement, in which case the requirement to be an Australian Citizen for the purposes of work will be included in the criteria).
How many times per year are scholarships offered?
Each scholarship is only offered once per year
When will I be notified of my applications outcome?
Scholarships closing in late November and mid January will be notified from January 30. Scholarships with a closing date of February should be notified by mid-late April.
Am I eligible to receive more than one Charles Sturt University Foundation scholarship?
In most cases students are only eligible to receive one Charles Sturt University Foundation scholarship each year. However, circumstances may arise where a student is awarded two scholarships in the one year. This is not the norm.
Students who are recipients of a tenured or 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 Hardship as criteria?
If you are experiencing financial hardship, please complete the Hardship section of the online application if you wish to be considered for these scholarships.
Similarly, if you have a disability, please complete the Disability section of the application form.
What is my ATAR and how important is it?
It is important that you have an ATAR mark if you are applying for a Charles Sturt University Foundation Scholarship.
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 is a Grade Point Average and how important is it?
It is important that you know your GPA if you are continuing student applying for a Charles Sturt University Foundation Scholarship.
A GPA is a numeric value which is assigned to each grade that a student achieves e.g. Distinction = 6, Credit = 5, Pass = 4. A GPA is calculated by dividing the total marks by the number of subjects completed.
Am I eligible to apply as a commencing student if I have received credit for previously completed study?
No, however you may apply for Scholarships open to Continuing and Any Year.
Where else can I look for financial support?
A selection of scholarships offered independently of the Charles Sturt University Foundation are listed on Scholarships & Grants
For more information on Scholarships and other resources with helping with the costs of University try Scholarships & help with costs
What effect will a scholarship have on my financial assistance from Centrelink?
To assess whether your Centrelink payments or other tax arrangements will be affected, we advise you to seek independent advice. You may find information from the Australian Government Department of Human Services on this link helpful.
What effect will a scholarship have on my tax?
For information on the effect on your tax use the tool found on the ATO (Australian Tax Office) website scholarship tax tool . If you are unsure, consult an independent tax Adviser.
Tips on applying for a scholarship
- Pay close attention to scholarship application closing deadlines. Applications submitted past the deadline are usually not considered.
- Prepare your Resume - this is a good way to outline your thoughts, your activities and achievements.
- Always proofread your answers to the questions.
- Keep a copy of everything you submit.
For more read the information provided on the How to Apply tab on each scholarship
How do I get Paid?
Scholarships with a value less than or equal to $5,000 will be paid in full unless otherwise specified, shortly after you receive official notification that you have been awarded. Scholarships greater than $5,000 will be paid in two instalments each year.
Scholarships which have tenure over a specified term are subject to the student maintaining satisfactory GPA of 4.0 and above, and a continued enrolment in the program. If these conditions are not met, Scholarships may be suspended or terminated.
How to Apply
- Read the criteria carefully for each scholarship you wish to apply for to ensure that you are eligible.
- Scholarships may require additional responses including essays.
- Follow our 5 tips to help your application
- Up to date resume
- ATAR or equivalent (If you have left school in the last year)
- Your current GPA (Continuing students ONLY)
- If your selection criteria involves Local Government Areas (LGA), please supply ONE of the following:
- electricity bill
- phone bill
- rates notice
- school record
Applications closed at 11:59pm 5 Feb 2020