The Abbotsleigh Teacher Training Scholarship

1. Origins

a. The Abbotsleigh Teacher Training Scholarship has been created to provide students with a unique opportunity to work at a leading independent school in the Greater Sydney area.

b. The scholarship will be awarded to a student with an excellent academic record who will contribute to the academic and extracurricular life of Abbotsleigh School.

vs. This scholarship is funded by Abbotsleigh School.

2. Eligibility

a. This scholarship is offered subject to applicants being currently registered to study full-time within the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney in the final year of one of the following degrees:

I. Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood),
II. Bachelor of Education (Secondary),
III. Bachelor of Education (Primary)
IV. Master in Pedagogy (Early Childhood),
V. Teacher (secondary),
VI. Teacher (primary).

b. Applicants must be pursuing studies in one or more of the following fields of study:

I. Early learning,
II. Primary education,
III. Secondary Education – Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, Business/Business Studies/Economics, History.

vs. Applicants must have a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75 in the last two years of study.

D. Applicants for an eligible bachelor’s degree must be willing to complete the following in their final year of graduation at Abbotsleigh School:

I. spend one day per week (or the equivalent) on internship at the school for school periods 1, 2 and 3,
II. complete an unpaid internship at the School during the 4th term,
III. receive guidance from a mentor teacher, and
IV. participate in academic, pastoral and extracurricular activities.

e. Eligible Masters applicants must be willing to complete the following in their final year of graduation at Abbotsleigh School:

I. spend one day per week (or equivalent) at school for semesters 1 and 2,
II. complete an unpaid internship at the School during the 3rd trimester,
III. receive guidance from a mentor teacher, and
IV. participate in academic, pastoral and extracurricular activities.

3. Selection criteria

a. For baccalaureate candidates, the scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

I. academic merit,
II. a one-page personal statement indicating their interest in participating in the School to which they have applied, how they could contribute to the culture of the School and their skills,
III. two academic reference reports, including one from a staff member of your study program,
IV. a recent copy of a work experience report, and
V. an interview for shortlisted candidates.

b. For Masters applicants, the scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

I. academic merit,
II. a one-page personal statement indicating their interest in participating in the School to which they have applied, how they could contribute to the culture of the School and their skills,
III. two academic reference reports, including one from a staff member of your study program,
IV. a recent copy of a work experience report if available at the time of application, and
V. an interview for shortlisted candidates.

vs. Preference will be given to students who can contribute to extracurricular areas within their areas of study within the School and Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

D. The scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee consisting of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or his/her designate, and the Principal of the Abbotsleigh School or his/her designate. The final decision rests with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or his designate.

4. Value

a. For bachelor’s degree holders, the scholarship is valued at $12,000 per year for up to one year.

b. For master’s degree holders, the scholarship is valued at $9,000 and is tenable for up to nine months.

vs. The value of the scholarship will be paid in two equal installments after the census date of each semester.

D. Postponement of the scholarship is not allowed and it is not transferable to another academic school, faculty or university.

e. The scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

F. No other amount is due.

5. Ongoing Eligibility

a. To continue to receive the scholarship, the recipient must make satisfactory progress in their work experience studies. This will be jointly controlled by Abbotsleigh School and the University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

6. Termination

a. The scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from a qualifying course or fails to enroll,
II. begins part-time study without prior approval from the school principal, school of education and social work,
III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,
IV. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including but not limited to providing false or misleading information as part of their scholarship application,
V. accepts an alternative scholarship, administered by the University of Sydney, worth $8,000 per year or more for the same purpose as this scholarship, or
VI. does not return to school at the end of a period of approved leave.

b. Once the scholarship is terminated, it will not be reinstated, except in the case of error by the University.

vs. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or the scholarship is terminated under the termination clause of these terms and conditions, the University reserves the right to request that the scholarship funds paid to the scholarship recipient be reimbursed.

7. Confidentiality

a. The recipient consents to the University providing Abbotsleigh School with their personal information, including their academic progress, if any, in connection with this scholarship.

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