Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teaching Scholarships

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​​​​​​Brisbane Catholic Edu​cation (BCE) is committed to providing a cul​turally 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 an 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.

Why apply for a Teaching Scholarship with BCE?

Teaching can make a real difference in the lives of others. You have the opportunity to become part of a profession that has the potential to shape the future for generations to come. 

A scholarship in teaching with Brisbane Catholic Education can provide: 
  • financial support for tuition fees
  • connection to a supportive and inclusive community
  • network with other scholarship recipients and professionals​
  • guidance and support navigating your educational and career paths. ​​

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 (2023) 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 $5,000 HECS support for each year of primary or secondary education study (maximum $20,000).
  • 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 (2023) at a BCE school (preferred) or Catholic school in Queensland
  • intend to apply for a teaching degree in an approved initial 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
  • if required, obtain a Positive Notice Blue Card, and/or undergo a criminal history check 
  • 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 1 September 2023
  • Applicants will be invited to an interview with BCE staff 
  • 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 contact details for 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.

Contact

BCE's Scholarships Coordinator - Scholarships@bne.catholic.edu.au

A​pply here

 

Scholarships for Current University Students

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

Benefits

  • Successful applicants will receive up to $5,000 HECS support for each remaining year of teacher training (maximum $20,000).​
  • 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 2024 be enrolled in a teaching degree in an approved in​iti​al 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 period of schooling
  • provide transcripts of successful completion of all previous semesters of teaching degree including practicum reports
  • if required, obtain a Positive Notice Blue Card, and/or undergo a criminal history check 
  • 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 1 December 2023
  • Applicants will be invited to an interview with BCE staff
  • 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 contact details for referees verifying that you have demonstrated the personal and professional qualities that would make a prospective quality teacher.​

Contact​

BCE's Scholarships Coordinator Scholarships@bne.catholic.edu.au

App​ly​ here


Child protection is everybody's responsibility

Everyone at Brisbane Catholic Education models and fosters a commitment to the safeguarding of children and promotes a culture where student protection is the responsibility of everyone. Everyone who comes into contact or works with children seeks to uphold the dignity of all children and commits to establishing safe and supportive relationships.  Brisbane Catholic Education has documented policies and procedures to prevent risks to children and build a strong culture of safeguarding.  With a commitment to safeguarding everyone involved in our school communities and offices, all successful applicants will meet pre-employment screening and working with children checks (WWCC).

Our Safeguarding Commitment

The Archdiocese of Brisbane has zero tolerance for all forms of abuse and is committed to safeguarding everyone involved in its activities, ministries and services. The safety and wellbeing of children and adults-at-risk is paramount.




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