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The Ray Richardson Tasmania University Scholarship (Rule 83)

Ray Richardson was a successful businessman from Tasmania’s North-East Coast who, throughout his life, believed in the intrinsic worth of people, in the development of individual talents and in providing opportunities for those whose circumstances were less fortunate.

Ray Richardson’s daughter, Beverley Richardson, has endowed this scholarship to continue his tradition by assisting talented students from the North-East region of Tasmania to study at the University of Tasmania.

The Academic Senate of the University has agreed to the foundation of an endowed scholarship. These are the rules:

  1. The scholarship will be called The Ray Richardson Tasmania University Scholarship in Education.
  2. The annual value of the scholarship is $3,000 or any amount agreed by Ms Beverley Richardson, from time to time.
  3. The scholarship will be awarded to a suitably qualified student who:
    • has received a substantial part of their education at one of the following Northern Tasmanian schools: St Helen’s District High, Winnaleah District High, Scottsdale High or Port Dalrymple District High, and;
    • is commencing a degree course in education either at undergraduate or at postgraduate level as an initial preparation for teaching; or an undergraduate degree course which leads to a postgraduate course in education, in which case preference will be given to a student undertaking units in Psychology.
  4. The scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee comprising: 
    • the Chair of Academic Senate, or his or her nominee; 
    • the Academic Registrar, or his or her nominee; 
    • Ms Beverley Richardson, while she wishes to be involved; and 
    • Mr Stephen Murray, Manager School Support, Learning Services North, while he wishes to be involved; 
    • At the end of the involvement of Mr Murray, a nominee of the Secretary of the Tasmanian Department of Education.
  5. The selection committee in its absolute discretion will set the detailed selection and performance criteria with regard to the intention of the endowment. However, in its selection, the committee shall: 
    • give priority to a talented student who, without financial assistance, would find it difficult to undertake study at the University of Tasmania; 
    • take into account the personal qualities and academic achievement of that student, and; 
    • not make an award in any year if no suitable candidate presents in any year.
  6. The scholarship is tenable for the minimum time necessary to complete a degree course.
  7. The selection committee may terminate a student’s scholarship or suspend it for one year if it considers the student’s progress is unsatisfactory. If the award is suspended, the selection committee may re-award the scholarship to the same student for a following year if it considers that the student’s academic record the previous year justifies that action.
  8. The Scholarships Management Committee will determine all other matters concerning the scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.
  9. The selection committee will report annually to the Scholarships Management Committee the details of any offers made and the progress of candidates receiving the award.

Made by Academic Senate 3 June 2005 
Amended by Academic Senate 7 September 2007 and 29 February 2008