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J Alan Gibson Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship
Up to $96,000 scholarship to support recent school leavers from rural and remote areas commencing study in engineering.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$24,000 p.a. (up to 4 years)
  • Recent school leaver
  • Received an unconditional offer for any undergraduate engineering degree
  • From an outer regional, remote or very remote area
  • Demonstrate financial need
15 December 2020 8 January 2021

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship is valued at $24,000 per annum and is tenable for up to four years.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a recent school leaver
  • qualify and enrol into any of the undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Engineering
  • be from an outer regional, remote or very remote area as classified by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard
  • demonstrate financial need.

This scholarship has been established to support undergraduate engineering students from rural or regional areas commencing studies at the University of Sydney.

Elizabeth Jamieson Gibson left a gift in her will to establish the J Alan Gibson Scholarship at the University of Sydney.

Elizabeth Jamieson Gibson felt strongly about rural students having the opportunity to pursue higher education. Her specific wish was to assist rural undergraduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering, in memory of her father, J Alan Gibson, and she wished for the scholarship or bursaries to bear his name.

John Alan Gibson (known as Alan) (1904 - 1979) was a grazier, engineer and lobbyist from Hay, NSW. His grandparents, John and Marion Gibson, were pioneering settlers at Gunbar. Alan completed his schooling in Hay and enrolled in engineering at the University of Sydney in 1923, after winning a University Exhibition and the Gordon S. McLure Scholarship. In 1926 he travelled to Britain and America to gain professional experience, graduating in 1928 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

After University he returned to the Riverina, where he carried out extensive irrigation development. He served as foundation president of the Murrumbidgee Valley Water Users' Association between 1940 and 1945 and served the community as Mayor of Hay in 1938 and 1939. His engineering background, experience, leadership and commitment to issues relating to reliability and access to water made a significant contribution to the region over his lifetime. In 1942, he joined the Ministry of Munitions in Sydney as an engineer, and in 1945 he took up an appointment in China with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.

1. Background

a. This scholarship has been established to support undergraduate engineering students from a rural background commencing studies at the University of Sydney.

b. This Scholarship is being funded by the Estate of Elizabeth Jamieson Gibson.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be a recent school leaver that qualifies and enrols into any of the undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be from an outer regional, remote or very remote area as classified by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard.

c. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

d. Applicants must enrol full-time in the semester immediately following award of this scholarship.


3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

I. academic merit based on the applicant's performance in the NSW HSC or equivalent,
II. supporting documentation which provides evidence that the applicant’s residential address is classified as outer regional, remote or very remote as classified by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Classification, and
III. supporting documentation and a personal statement which provides evidence of financial need.

b. The Scholarship will be awarded on the nomination of a selection committee consisting of the Associate Dean, Indigenous Strategy and Services, Faculty of Engineering, or their nominated delegate.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $24,000 per annum and is tenable for up to four years.

b. The Scholarship annual value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

c. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Associate Dean, Indigenous Strategy and Services, Faculty of Engineering, or their nominated delegate, and it is not transferable to another University school, faculty or university without prior approval.

d. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

e. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 65 each semester.

b. Recipients undertaking an exchange during the tenure of this Scholarship are required to have achieved a Satisfied Requirements grade (SR) to receive their next payment.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,
II. commences part-time study without prior approval,
III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,
IV. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,
V. accepts an alternative scholarship, administered by the University of Sydney, valued at $6,000 per annum or more for the same purpose as this Scholarship,
VI. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
VII. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or the Scholarship is terminated under any instance in the Termination Clause of these terms and conditions, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.