Published on 7 March 2013
Seven graduates of high schools from across the Burnett region have been awarded scholarships to study at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
The students from Burnett State College, Kingaroy State High School, Murgon State High School and St Mary’s College South Burnett received their scholarships at a special presentation ceremony at the USC campus recently.
Among them were twin sisters, Jessica and Casey Rynne, who completed Year 12 at Murgon State High last year.
Jessica, who is now studying Primary Education, received the $3,500 Sunshine Coast Daily Kathleen McArthur Memorial Scholarship from the newspaper’s general manager Grant Ferry at the ceremony in mid-February.
Casey has started a degree in Environmental Science and was one of 40 USC students to receive $6,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Merit Scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of high academic achievement.
The other Burnett region students all gained Vice-Chancellor’s Merit Scholarships. They are:
- Blake Gannon of Burnett State College, enrolled in a Bachelor of Primary Education
- Samantha Lange of Kingaroy State High, enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing Science
- Gabrielle Neil of Kingaroy State High, enrolled in a Bachelor of Computer-Based Design
- Shannon Nitschke of St Mary’s College, enrolled in a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
- Ashleigh Trace of Kingaroy State High School, enrolled in a combined Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Science degree
— Terry Walsh