Rotary USC Community Fund Postgraduate Scholarship - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Rotary USC Community Fund Postgraduate Scholarship

2019 Rotary Postgraduate Scholarship recipients: (L-R) Brittany Elliott, Kaylene Ballard, Elin Pollanen

2021 Annual Joint Meeting & Dinner

Save the date: Wednesday 12th May 2021

Venue: USC Innovation Centre, Sippy Downs

Further details to be confirmed.

Rotary Postgraduate Scholarship

The Rotary USC Community Fund (RUSCCF) was established in 2001 by the combined Rotary Clubs of the Sunshine Coast. Rotary Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded annually to students who have completed their undergraduate degree at USC and have enrolled and commenced postgraduate studies at either the Master or Doctorate levels at USC.

The RUSCCF Committee is made up of representatives from 17 Rotary clubs from Caloundra to Noosa. Each club makes an annual contribution to the Fund at the RUSCCF Annual Joint Meeting and Dinner. To date, the combined clubs have contributed more than $200,000 to the Fund and have awarded 60 scholarships to USC students.

The Scholarships are valued at $4,500 each and three scholarships are awarded each year.

Contact Rotary USC Community Fund

Chair: Mr Ian Barnett ian_barnett@bigpond.com 

Secretary: Ms Wendy Gilson wendygilson3@bigpond.com 

2020 Rotary Postgraduate Scholarship recipients

Dylan Astley

Dylan is currently completing his PhD, having graduated from Bachelor of Science (Honours) at USC in 2017. Dylan's research focuses on the process where bacteria cross the lining of the gut to enter the blood and organs, which is one of the predominant causes of fatal sepsis among hospitalised and immunocompromised patients.

Aaron Brunton

Aaron is currently completing his PhD, having graduated from Bachelor of Science (Honours) at USC in 2019. Aaron balances family responsibilities with his academic career, and he is currently undertaking a research project focusing on the conservation of two threatened rainforest plant species.

Cameron DeGraw

Cameron completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in communication studies at USC in 2018. Cameron’s current PhD research is a critical analysis of Australia’s privacy policy and regulation.

Rotary Postgraduate Scholarship alumni

2019
  • Brittany Elliott
  • Kaylene Ballard
  • Elin Pollanen
2018
  • Andrew Allen
  • Makeely Blandford
  • Joanne Boon
2017
  • Luke Hawley
  • Kaylet (Kye) McDonald
  • Ryan Newis
2016
  • Lara Meital
  • Gail Loader
  • Rachele Wilson

2015

  • Alessandra Whaite
  • Andrew Allen
  • Marion Brown
2014
  • Karina Rune
  • Daniel Meloncelli
  • Bruce Randall
2013
  • Eva Hatje
  • Benjamin Lane
  • Lauren Simmons
2012
  • Jennifer Castell
  • Corinna Burgen-Maunder
  • Cathryn Morriss
2011
  • Michael Gardiner
  • Danielle Formosa
  • Jacob Turner
2010
  • Roslyn Clapperton
  • Lee-anne Bye
  • Clark Taylor
2009
  • Kate Fitzgerald
  • Felicity Templeman
  • Katie Sutter
2008
  • Jamila Rosdahl
  • Nubia Ramos
  • Wayne Graham

2007

  • Michael Powell
  • Judy Wickes
  • Vikki Shaffer
2006
  • Joanne Freeman
  • Greg Nash
  • Robert Lamont
2005
  • Luke Keioskie
  • Vikki Schaffer
  • Rachel James
2004
  • Stephen Tucker
  • Gai Van Hees
  • Maria Arena
2003
  • Wayne Graham
  • Lindsay Cripps
  • Craig Hansen
2002
  • Robert Glen
  • David Walton
2001
  • Duncan Thompson
  • Helen Ison
  • Catherine Titheridge

Recognition of contributions

The following Clubs have been presented with plaques in recognition of their various levels of cumulative contributions to the Fund.

platinum

Cumulative contribution of $20,000

  • Rotary Club of Glasshouse Mountains 
  • Rotary Club of Mooloolaba
  • Rotary Club of Nambour
gold

Cumulative contribution of $10,000

  • Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland
  • Rotary Club of Buderim
  • Rotary Club of Caloundra
  • Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific 
  • Rotary Club of Kawana Waters 
  • Rotary Club of Maleny 
  • Rotary Club of Noosa Daybreak 
silver

Cumulative contribution of $5,000

  • Rotary Club of Maroochydore
bronze

Cumulative contribution of $2,500

  • Rotary Club of Cooroy 
  • Rotary Club of Nambour '76