Published on 2 September 2014
An official sod turning ceremony at USC last Friday has signalled the start of two major projects that will bring significant benefits to students for decades to come.
Philanthropist and property developer Roy Thompson and USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill officially launched construction of a $10 million multi-level carpark, the first of its kind on the Sippy Downs campus.
This facility was funded by a $5 million gift to USC earlier this year by Mr Thompson and his wife, Nola, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the University.
Not only will the carpark help keep USC ahead of demand for parking bays as it continues to grow, revenues raised from its operation in the University’s regulated parking zone will fund an exciting new scholarship scheme.
With construction of the carpark underway, USC has announced the first of its new scholarships as the Thompson Excellence Scholarships, valued at up to $32,000 each. Applications are now open.
These scholarships are to be paid at $4,000 a semester over three or four years of a degree and are the most generous scholarships currently on offer at the University. Selection criteria include high academic achievement (OP 1-6 or equivalent), demonstrated leadership skills, and financial need.
In addition, USC will offer Thompson Study Support Scholarships from early next year to help those needing financial assistance to complete their studies.
Mr Thompson said his donation to USC was aimed at establishing something that would support Sunshine Coast students over many years into the future.
“Scholarships to keep bright kids on the Coast and to help those struggling to afford to go to university, funded by a new carpark, seemed like a good way to do this,” he said.
Professor Hill said USC and its students were fortunate to have the support of Roy and Nola Thompson.
“Hundreds of students will benefit from these scholarships over the years ahead, giving them the opportunity to get degrees and pursue the careers they want,” he said.
— Terry Walsh