Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Scholarships

Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) is committed to providing a culturally inclusive workplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. To enhance the attraction, employment and retention of education graduates within the organisation, BCE is offering scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students interested in a teaching career. These scholarships are available to students who are current Year 12 students , or current university students who are enrolled in a full-time education degree at a University campus located within the Brisbane Archdiocese.

Current BCE employees have the opportunity to apply for the Vince O’Rourke Scholarship, which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees who are undertaking study relevant to their work at BCE, or studying towards a teaching degree.

Scholarships for Current Year 12 Students

Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) offers scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are current Year 12 students (2020) at a Catholic school in Queensland and are interested in a career in primary or secondary teaching.

Benefits

  • Financial assistance in the first year of university study (maximum $2,000) for initial study costs. This will be discussed with individual students on application.
  • Successful applicants will receive up to $4,500 HECS support for each year of primary or secondary education study (maximum $18,000 over four years).
  • A teaching position in a BCE school/college for a minimum of two (2) years after graduating

Scholarship Criteria

To be eligible for consideration of the scholarship, applicants must:

  • identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or both
  • be currently completing Year 12 (2020) at a BCE school (preferred) or Catholic school in Queensland
  • intend to apply for a full-time teaching degree in an approved preservice teacher education course, if a primary course the applicant must be Catholic, if a secondary course, it is preferred the applicant be Catholic. - NB: University campus must be located within the Brisbane Archdiocese - See map
  • have permanent Australian residency status
  • provide evidence of sound Year 11 and Year 12 school reports
  • make a commitment to teach in a BCE school/college for a minimum of two (2) years after graduating
  • Acknowledge that ongoing payment of scholarship benefits is subject to evidence of satisfactory consistent academic results, sound practicum reports and university attendance over the duration of the course

Scholarship Application and Selection Process

  • Submit your online application by the closing date of 11 December 2020
  • Successful applicants will be notified in January 2021 and an interview between BCE staff and the applicant will be arranged
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a written agreement with BCE which outlines the terms and conditions of the Scholarship

Referees

  • You are required to provide a supporting statement from your current Principal, Year 12 Coordinator (or equivalent) and Other referee (optional) verifying that you have demonstrated the personal and academic qualities that would make a prospective quality teacher.
  • Your referees should forward the completed proformas directly to Brisbane Catholic Education as per the instructions on the bottom of the referee proformas.

Year 12 Reference – Principal

Year 12 Reference Year Level Co-ordinator

Year 12 Reference – Other Referee

Contact

Organisational Development

Phone: 07 3033 7523 or orgdev@bne.catholic.edu.au

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Scholarships for Current University Students

Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) offers scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled in a full-time teaching degree at a University campus located within the Brisbane Archdiocese from the beginning of 2021.

Benefits

  • Successful applicants will receive up to $4,500 HECS support for each year of teacher training (maximum $ 13,500 over two years)
  • A teaching position in a BCE school/college for a minimum of two (2) years after graduating

Scholarship Criteria

  • To be eligible for consideration of the scholarship, applicants must:
  • identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or both
  • have permanent Australian residency status
  • in 2020 be enrolled in a full-time teaching degree in an approved preservice teacher education course; if a primary course the applicant must be Catholic; if a secondary course, it is preferred the applicant be Catholic. - NB: University campus must be located within the Brisbane Archdiocese - See map
  • preferably attended a Catholic School for a substantial period of schooling
  • provide transcripts of successful completion of all previous semesters of teaching degree including practicum reports
  • Acknowledge that ongoing payment of scholarship benefits is subject to evidence of satisfactory consistent academic results, sound practicum reports and university attendance over the duration of the course
  • make a commitment to teach in a BCE school/college for a minimum of two (2) years after graduating

Scholarship Application and Selection Process

  • Submit your online application by the closing date of 11 December 2020
  • Successful applicants will be notified in December 2020 and an interview between BCE staff and the applicant will be arranged
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a written agreement with BCE which outlines the terms and conditions of the Scholarship

Referees

You are required to provide a supporting statement in the categories listed below verifying that you have demonstrated the personal and professional qualities that would make a prospective quality teacher

Your referees should forward the completed proformas directly to Brisbane Catholic Education as per the instructions on the bottom of the referee proformas.

Preservice Reference – Professional

Preservice Reference – Personal

Preservice Reference – Other Referee

Contact

Organisational Development

Phone: 07 3033 7523 or orgdev@bne.catholic.edu.au

Apply here