Aspiring rural teachers to receive bursaries

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Aspiring rural teachers to receive bursaries


2 December 2013

Bursaries worth a total of $75,000 will be presented to 48 pre-service teachers studying Education degrees at the University of the Sunshine Coast today (Monday 2 December).

The 2013 Rural and Remote Education Bursaries will be awarded to students who have undertaken work placements in rural and remote Queensland schools as part of their USC degrees.

The bursaries are funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation (TFFF) and aim to encourage more Education graduates to consider working in rural and remote schools.

They will be presented by TFFF’s Chairman Tim Fairfax and USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill at a ceremony at USC’s Innovation Centre auditorium from 10.30am to noon.

More than 170 USC students have now undertaken rural or remote work placements in the past three years thanks to the TFFF’s Rural and Remote Education Bursaries.

During the ceremony, USC students Louise Lyndon of Palmwoods and Nathan Zahra of Golden Beach will speak about their recent work placements at Roma Middle State School.

They will discuss some of the fun experiences and challenges they faced while working as pre-service teachers in a rural setting.

The ceremony also will see the presentation of bursaries to a further 25 USC Education students, who recently participated in the University’s annual Coast to Country rural education program.

This program provides a bus tour of schools and communities in remote and rural Queensland, including places like Cherbourg, Chinchilla and Roma, allowing students to see first-hand what it would be like to live and work in those townships.

— Jessica Halls

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