Pittsworth student gains $12,000 scholarship

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Pittsworth student gains $12,000 scholarship


17 February 2012

17 February 2012

A Pittsworth State High School graduate, who is a self-confessed sports fanatic, has gained a $12,000 scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Jessica Quinn, 18, received one of two Tim Fairfax Regional Scholarships presented at USC’s Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony on Monday 13 February.

Jessica graduated with an OP3 in 2010 and is part-way through the first year of a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science degree at USC.

“I am really into sport, so I really want a sport-related career,” she said.

“I am considering a career as a PE (physical education) teacher but am not fully sure. I thought I would do this degree because it is broad and can lead into PE teaching.”

The former school sports captain, who is from a large family in Pittsworth, said she enjoyed a variety of sports, including basketball, netball, running and swimming.

The Tim Fairfax Regional Scholarships are awarded to high-achieving students from rural or remote areas of Queensland. Jessica plans to use her scholarship funds to help pay for accommodation while studying.

USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the University awarded scholarships, bursaries and prizes each year to reward academic excellence and to support students financially during their studies.

“Research has found that USC students work approximately 20 hours a week compared to the national average of about 14 hours,” he said.

“These scholarships are crucial in helping strike a balance between study and work. The University is very grateful to our donors for supporting our students as they pursue their educational goals and future careers.”

— Michelle Widdicombe

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