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 

Secretary: Ms Wendy Gilson 

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

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


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


  • Michael Powell
  • Judy Wickes
  • Vikki Shaffer
  • Joanne Freeman
  • Greg Nash
  • Robert Lamont
  • Luke Keioskie
  • Vikki Schaffer
  • Rachel James
  • Stephen Tucker
  • Gai Van Hees
  • Maria Arena
  • Wayne Graham
  • Lindsay Cripps
  • Craig Hansen
  • Robert Glen
  • David Walton
  • 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.


Cumulative contribution of $20,000

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

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 

Cumulative contribution of $5,000

  • Rotary Club of Maroochydore

Cumulative contribution of $2,500

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