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SCHOLARSHIPSThe Union supports members and their families by awarding two scholarships - the Phil Smyth Memorial Scholarships (aplications open from 1 December to 28 February each year) and the John Beacroft Sporting Grant. (applications open from 1 January to 31 October each year)


The Phil Smyth Memorial Scholarships are awarded in four categories. The 1997 Annual Conference resolved to allocate funds to honour the contribution to the MEU, and in particular the education and training of Union members, by our esteemed colleague and friend the late Phil Smyth.

It is suggested that the Union distribute these funds for the educational assistance of members and their families. Apply here.

It is recommended that the disbursement will be across four categories.

The Manager Administration and Personnel Services has carriage of this fund, however, should difficulties and or conflicts arise this matter should be directed to the General Secretary.

Category 1. Secondary Education
Secondary Education
Higher School Certificate


Payment of up to $1000.00 (a pro rata payment may be awarded) to assist low income employees by providing financial support for own child undertaking the Higher School Certificate.

A maximum of one Scholarship per parent/guardian (member) will be awarded; however, where both parents are members of the Union and meet the required criteria up to two scholarships may be awarded

A maximum of four (4) Awards or up to $4,000 per annum will be paid under this category.

Nothing in this policy prohibits the Executive of the Union granting a special application for payment of the benefit.

Conditions:

1. Member must be a financial member of the USU for a period not less than five (5) years

2. Member employed in * Operational Band (proof required ie statement of family income)

3. Member to be sole provider (single income family or single parent/guardian)

4. Must provide proof of child enrolled for years 11 and or 12.

Category 2. Tertiary Education
Tertiary Education
Industrial Relations Studies or
Local Government Foundation Studies Operation Certificates.


The Union will contribute up to $750 towards text expenses for members or their child undertaking Industrial Relation Courses at TAFE or in providing access for members to undertake modules in the Operational Certificates.

A maximum of one Scholarship per parent member; however, where both parents are members of the Union and meet the required criteria up to two scholarships may be awarded to one family.

A Maximum of four (4) Awards or up to $3,000 per annum will be paid under this category.

Nothing in this policy prohibits the Executive of the Union granting a special application for payment of the benefit.

Conditions:

1. Member must be a financial member of the USU for a period not less than five (5) years

2. Where a scholarship is sought of son/daughter, son/daughter must be under the age of 21 and dependant on member parent/guardian

3. Where member applies for self, member must be a long term school leaver (five years +)

4. Member must be employed in Operational Band (proof required ie statement of family income)

5. Member to be sole provider (single income family or single parent if applying for son or daughter. This does not need to be met if member is applying for self)

6. Proof of enrolment must be submitted to the Union.

Category 3. University Studies
University Studies


The Union will contribute up to $750 towards university fees or books for those members or the son/daughter completing a semester of study or continuing their professional education program. Preference will be afforded to applications that identify a leaning towards industrial or political study.

A maximum of one Scholarship per parent (member); however, where both parents are members of the Union and meet the required criteria up to two scholarships may be awarded to one family.

A Maximum of four (4) Awards or up to $3000 per annum will be paid under this category.

Nothing in this policy prohibits the Executive of the Union granting a special application for payment of the benefit.

Conditions:

1. Member must be a financial member of the USU for a period not less than five (5) years

2. Where scholarship is sought of son/daughter, son/daughter must be under the age of 21 and dependant on member parent

3. Member must be employed in Operational * Band (proof required ie statement of family income)

4. Member to be sole provider (single income family or single parent if applying for son or daughter. This does not need to be met if member is applying for self.)

5. Proof of enrolment must be submitted to the Union.

Category 4. Scholarships
Industry Scholarship Contribution

This grant is provided to an Industry project that assists in the educational development of a member into middle and senior management.

This scholarship is applicable to members (self) only.

A maximum of two (2) Awards or up to $2,000 per annum will be paid under this category.

Nothing in this policy prohibits the Executive of the Union granting a special application for payment of the benefit.

Conditions:

1. Member must be a financial member of the USU for a period not less than five (5) years

2. Member must be employed in Operational * Band (proof required ie statement of family income)

3. Proof of enrolment must be submitted to the Union

* Combine family salary of up to $42,000 per annum to be reviewed yearly.

Persons who are not successful in securing a scholarship, may appeal to the General Secretary of the Union in writing.

The General Secretary will investigate said application and provide feedback within 14 days from the date the appeal received by the Union.

Where the General Secretary feels an error has been made, the General Secretary will have the authority to amend the situation.

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DOWNLOAD 2017 APPLICATION FORM HERE

Application forms will be available for downloading from 1 December every year for submission by 28 February of the following year.



The John Beacroft Scholarship/Grant is awarded to United Services Union Members (or dependants), who demonstrate outstanding sporting attributes and with ambitions for higher achievements in the sport arena. The scholarship will meet expenses related to the sporting ambition.

Recipients will embody the values and high standards of integrity that John Beacroft represented. Apply here.

Additionally applicants must meet the relevant Union criteria as outlined below.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of personal application and ongoing potential in the given sport; additional to Union values.

Grant Value
A total grant of $3,000.00 per annum will be awarded with a minimum grant being $200 and the maximum grant being $1,000.00 per applicant per annum.

Grants will be open from 1st January to 31st October of each year and will be approved at each Executive Meeting until funds for that year are exhausted. Nothing in this policy prohibits the Executive of the Union granting a special application for payment of the benefit beyond allocated total amount; and, or set conditions.

Conditions
1. Member must be a financial member of the USU for a period not less than five (5) years
2. Combined household income must not to exceed $120,000.00 (proof may be required i.e. statement of family income)
3. For single parent or self, income must not exceed $70,000 per annum (proof may be required i.e. statement of family income)
4. Must provide proof of sporting activity and continuance of same activity Examples of Activities (however, not limited to):
Representing any sport at elite level

  • Water Sports, state, national or international
  • Martial Arts, at state, national or international level
  • Football, soccer, basketball etc. at state, national and or international level
  • Gymnastics at state, national and or international level
  • Snow Sports at national or international level
  • Cycling, mountain biking at state, national and or international level Appeal


If application is negated, member is able to appeal the denial by forwarding letter to the Executive of the Union via the Manager of Administration for consideration. Appeal must be made within 21 days of receiving notice declined.

DOWNLOAD JOHN BEACROFT GRANT POLICY STATEMENT AND APPLCATION FORM HERE

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