Published on 14 February 2013
14 February 2013
Scholarships totalling almost $400,000 will be awarded to 54 talented first-year students at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s annual Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony on Monday 18 February.
The students, including school-leavers from 33 high schools across the region and beyond, will receive scholarships ranging in value from $3,500 to $12,000 at USC’s Innovation Centre Auditorium from 2.30pm.
The highlight of the ceremony will be the presentation of eight Academic Excellence Scholarships, valued at $12,000 each, which are provided annually through donations by Sir Clem and Lady Renouf, Tim Fairfax AM, and other donors.
Seven other major scholarships have been provided by various businesses, community organisations and individuals, and USC will present 40 Vice-Chancellor’s Merit scholarships valued at $6,000 each.
Most recipients are from the Sunshine Coast, but some are from Innisfail, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Maryborough, Gympie, the South Burnett, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and interstate from Victoria and Tasmania.
USC’s Development Office Director Russell Ousley said that many of these scholarships were provided by local donors.
“While USC has attracted support from some of Queensland most generous philanthropists, many of the scholarships are provided by Sunshine Coast community members and local businesses who want to help students obtain a quality university education,” he said.
“These scholarships reduce the financial pressure many students feel while studying and allow them to spend less time in part-time work and more time on their studies,” he said.
“For our donors, this ceremony is a wonderful afternoon which affirms the significant impact they are having at a critical time in a young person’s life.”
Among the donors are the Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch, the ANZ Bank, Rod and Jan Forrester, the Sunshine Coast Daily, the Poole Group and Les and Mary Hall.
To contribute to scholarships and bursaries for students at USC, contact Russell Ousley on (07) 5459 4418.
— Terry Walsh