The John Shelley Bursary is presented by the Environmental Health Officers' Association on an annual basis. The award is presented in memory of Mr. John Shelley, founder member of the EHOA.
The Bursary is a maximum value of €5,000 and may be divided between any numbers of successful nominees.
1. Nominations for the Bursary may only be accepted from one or any of the following:
• Fully subscribed EHOA members
• Fellows of the EHOA
• Honorary/Associate members of the EHOA
• Professional Bodies affiliated to the EHOA
• Professional Bodies affiliated to International Federation of Environmental Health.
2. Bursary nominations may only be accepted for groups/projects whose ethos/work/aims are in tangent with those of the EHOA. The projects should reflect the primary role of public health protection that an environmental health practitioner undertakes in their daily job and usually include the following areas – food, water, sanitation, shelter
Some examples include:
Previous Bursaries have been awarded to homeless charities; overseas housing charities who have built homes in shanty towns;
Previous Bursaries have been awarded to childcare centres overseas to improve the standards within, provide kitchen facilities or to finish the building.
Previous Bursaries have been awarded to charities who aim to preserve and protect the good health of children and communities in the developing world by assisting in the provision of safe drinking water, good sanitation and other public health related measures.
3. Nominations for the Bursary will not be accepted for individuals.
4. Bursary nominations may only be accepted for registered charities and/or non-profit organisations. Pressure groups or groups with direct political affiliations will not be considered.
5. Bursary nominations may be accepted for local, national or international projects/groups.
6. EHOA Branch Nominations must be made in writing to the Branch Secretary within a time frame specified by the branch, allowing sufficient time to review all nominations. Supporting material shall be submitted. Photographs, where possible, shall also be submitted.
Nominations shall be scrutinised by the Branch Committee against the JSB criteria and a decision made by the Branch to accept or reject the nomination. In the event that a number of nominations are received by a Branch, it is the responsibility of the Branch Committee to select one nomination for consideration by Central Council.
All accepted nominations shall be brought forward to September’s Central Council meeting where the final decision will be made by Central Council.
7. All other nominations shall be made in writing to the Honorary Secretary within a time frame specified by the EHOA, allowing sufficient time to review all nominations. Supporting material shall be submitted. Photographs, where possible, shall also be submitted. Nominations shall be scrutinised by the Officer Board against the JSB criteria and a decision made by the Officer Board to accept or reject the nomination. All accepted nominations shall be brought forward to September’s Central Council meeting where the final decision will be made by Central Council.
8. A nomination may be rejected when it is found to be outside the ethos of the EHOA; not directly relevant to the role of an environmental heath practitioner or submitted by any individual or organisation specified in 1 or 2 above.
9. Where no nominations fulfilling the above criteria are received, the Officer Board of the EHOA may select a recipient(s). Members of Central Council may ratify the award with regard to this selection(s) at the next programmed meeting of Central Council.
Note to Successful Charitable Organisation
Please note that the recipient of an award will be required to provide an update to the EHOA regarding the use of the Bursary fund in relation to the specific project selected by Central Council. A poster/photograph display will be required for the EHOA’s Annual Forum to be held during the summer months.