1 March, 2024

Moreton scholarships awarded

Seven local students have been awarded scholarships to commence studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast, with another 12 being awarded bursaries, as part of the City of Moreton Bay Scholarship Program.

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The annual program offers seven scholarships valued at $8,000 per year throughout the duration of the degree, as well as up to 16 Study Support Bursaries valued at $2,000 each, available to local students of any age pursuing an undergraduate degree, who have proven financial difficulties.

Dylan Fraser, Christopher Drew, Jayna Tomkins, Julian Tosuni, Summer Kenny, Ali Moffat and Emily Wiebe are the seven scholarship winners, taking up studies in engineering, education, psychology, law, counselling, and sport and exercise science.

Mayor Peter Flannery emphasised Council’s commitment to boosting the city’s tertiary education, enabling more students to pursue qualifications that will “contribute to the city’s growth and prosperity for years to come”.

“I’m proud to congratulate this year’s cohort of seven scholarship recipients and 12 Study Support Bursary recipients, on their journey to becoming the leaders of tomorrow,” he said.

“Before Council worked with UniSC to build the city’s first full-service university campus, locals had to travel outside of the region to get a higher education.

“Now, since the inception of our scholarship program, we have supported 68 students, living in Moreton Bay, during their university degrees.

“Twenty-two of those students (32%) are the first in their family to pursue tertiary education, which we know is one of the biggest barriers to entry.”

UniSC Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Helen Bartlett, said scholarships towards a university education were an investment in individuals, as well as the community.

“With historically low tertiary participation rates in Moreton Bay, UniSC is filling a significant need for those with the ambition to achieve a university education without leaving the area,” Professor Bartlett said.

“The enormous growth projection for Moreton Bay shows us clearly that a pipeline of skilled university graduates will be vital for sustaining, growing and creating the future of Moreton Bay industry and innovation.

“In partnership with Council, we are eager to identify and support talent early, as they build their skills and knowledge over the next few years at university, and we are thrilled to welcome such an ambitious and talented group of new students to UniSC Moreton Bay.”


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