19 February 2014
More than $700,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 54 new undergraduates and 10 postgraduate students at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s 2014 Scholarships Presentation Ceremony on Thursday 20 February.
The students, including school-leavers from 37 different high schools, will receive scholarships ranging in value from $3,500 to $20,000 at USC’s Innovation Centre Auditorium from 2.15pm.
The highlight of the ceremony will be the presentation of six Academic Excellence Scholarships, this year valued at up to $20,000 each, which are provided annually through donations by Sir Clem and Lady Renouf, Tim Fairfax AC and other donors.
Other major scholarships have been provided by various businesses, community organisations and individuals, including the Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch, the ANZ Bank, Rod and Jan Forrester, the Sunshine Coast Daily, the Poole Group and Les and Mary Hall.
USC will present 41 Vice-Chancellor’s Merit scholarships, valued at $12,000 each. Most recipients are from the Sunshine Coast, but others are from Emerald, Maryborough, Gympie, Moreton Bay region, Brisbane and even interstate from Tasmania.
The University also will award its first Vice-Chancellor’s Honours Scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, to 10 students who are starting postgraduate degrees this year.
USC’s Development Office Director Russell Ousley said the total value of the University’s first semester scholarships had risen from almost $400,000 to more than $700,000 this year.
“This massive jump in the value of scholarships on offer at USC is a clear indication that our university, in partnership with our generous donors, wants to support young people to get a degree,” he said.
“It also recognises that many of our degrees are now four-year study programs, like our new Bachelor of Laws, Engineering, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Clinical Exercise Science and a wide range of combined degree programs.”
Mr Ousley said the ceremony was a wonderful event for donors as it affirmed the significant impact they have on young people at a critical time in their lives.
“Their contributions help reduce the financial pressure on students, allowing them to spend less time in part-time work and more time on their studies,” he said.
To contribute to scholarships and bursaries for students at USC, contact the University’s Development Office on (07) 5459 4418.
— Terry Walsh