New students to gain $400,000 in scholarships

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New students to gain $400,000 in scholarships


10 February 2012

10 February 2012

Almost $400,000 in scholarships will be presented to 56 talented first-year students at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s annual Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony on Monday 13 February.

The students, including school-leavers from 33 different high schools, will receive scholarships ranging in value from $3,500 to $12,000 at USC’s Innovation Centre Auditorium from 10.30-11.30am.

The highlight of the ceremony will be the presentation of nine Academic Excellence Scholarships, valued at $12,000 each, which are provided annually through donations by Sir Clem and Lady Renouf, Tim Fairfax AM, and other donors.

Seven other major scholarships have been provided by various businesses, community organisations and individuals, and USC will present 40 Vice-Chancellor’s Merit scholarships valued at $6,000 each.

Most recipients are from the Sunshine Coast, but some are from Brisbane, Chinchilla, Bundaberg, Pittsworth, Hervey Bay and the Lockyer Valley, and interstate from Victoria and Tasmania.

USC Foundation Executive Officer Andrew Pentland said the ceremony would enable recipients to personally thank scholarship donors and to network with other high-achieving students.

Mr Pentland said the University’s scholarship program received strong community support and was having a remarkable effect.

“Students are under financial pressure, and the financial support of these scholarships certainly allows them to focus more on their studies,” he said.

“The scholarships also provide students with recognition of outstanding achievement and encouragement and moral support.”

To contribute to scholarships and bursaries for students at USC, contact Andrew Pentland on (07) 5459 4418.

— Terry Walsh

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