Scholarships of up to $5,000 are available for people from rural NSW who are undertaking first year studies of a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2021.
You can apply for a 2021 Rural Undergraduate Scholarship if you:
- are an Australian citizen or permanent resident living in NSW
- are enrolled in your first year of an Australian Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2021
- have lived in a rural location in NSW for more than five years, within the last ten years
- are intending to practice in a rural location as a registered nurse or midwife when you complete your studies
- are willing to participate in an evaluation or telephone survey about the scholarship
For the purposes of these scholarships, rural NSW is defined by the boundaries of Berry, Maitland and Lithgow.
The number of scholarships awarded is subject to funds being available. Preference will be given to applicants living in locations with the greatest workforce needs.
Preparing your application
All applications must include an essay and supporting documents.
Write a 250 to 500 word essay response to the question:
Why do you wish to become a nurse or midwife and what could you offer your own rural community?
Type your essay in a Word document and save it to your hard drive before you upload it to the application form.
1) Confirmation of enrolment
You must upload an official confirmation of your enrolment in an Australian undergraduate nursing or midwifery course in 2021. This should be a PDF less than 500KB.
This document must include:
The name of the course
The year of study and a list of the subjects you have enrolled in for 2021
If your enrolment confirmation is unavailable at the time of application, please provide confirmation of your application for entry and email your enrolment confirmation to MOH-NScholar@health.nsw.gov.au as soon as it is available. Enrolment confirmation must be received by 1 March 2021. Generic information about course subjects will not be accepted.
2) Letter of support
You must include a letter (as a Word document less than 250KB) from a person who knows you, which reflects your rural background, your character and desire to practice nursing or midwifery in a rural setting in the future.
This letter cannot be completed by a family member.
An appropriate person could be:
A high school principal or senior teacher
A health professional or minister of religion
An office bearer in a community or sporting organisation that you are involved in
How to apply
You must complete your application online. You can’t change your application once it’s been submitted.
We recommend that you write your essay and have all information needed before you fill out your application form.
When your application is submitted. you’ll be sent a unique ID number. Keep a record of this number to submit with supporting documents or if you enquire about your application.
Applications close on 15 January 2021.