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Newsroom Releases 2017 October QCoal Foundation expands eligibility for rural and remote scholarship

Fri, 6 Oct 2017
QCoal Foundation expands eligibility for rural and remote scholarship

Applications for the $30,000 QCoal Foundation Scholarship are now open to rural and remote students planning on studying at James Cook University next year.

For the first time, the QCoal Foundation’s scholarship is also open to second year students studying Geology or Earth Sciences. Previously, the scholarship had only been open to commencing first year students.

$10,000 per year for up to three years is available to one commencing student at JCU, with preference given to those studying Geology or Science (excluding Marine Biology), or a continuing student enrolled in their second year of Geology or Earth Science. Students must also have completed Year 12 within two years prior to studying at JCU.

QCoal Foundation Director Christopher Wallin said the QCoal Foundation is focused on enriching communities in rural and remote Queensland.

“Students coming from these areas often face additional financial challenges in their pursuit of education so we are happy to provide a helping hand.

“Since the scholarship began we have assisted students studying medicine and vet science and by revising our scholarship eligibility we hope to reach a wider range of applicants this year,” Mr Wallin said.

2017 recipient Melanie Martyn said the scholarship has provided valuable financial support during the first year of her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree.

“It has been really good to have the security,” she said. “I have placement coming up so it will help with my accommodation and transport costs.”

Living more than 500 kilometres from her home near Clermont, Ms Martyn has also been able to put the scholarship towards the cost of living on campus in Townsville.

“It has made a real difference,” she said.

Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their interest in working in rural or regional Queensland and preference will be given to those from the Isaac and Whitsunday Council regions.

Applications for the QCoal Foundation scholarship close 31 January 2018.

More information can be found at jcu.edu.au/scholarships