Maryborough's Brittany Foley is enrolled in USQ's Bachelor of Nursing.
Maryborough's Brittany Foley is enrolled in USQ's Bachelor of Nursing. Contributed

Scholarships worth more than $66,000 being presented

MARYBOROUGH'S Brittany Foley and Isis District's Sarah Perry are among regional Queensland's highest achievers.

A USQ spokeswoman said they were among the students being awarded scholarships at University of Southern Queensland Fraser Coast on Friday, February 27.

She said more than $66,000 worth of scholarships would be presented at the 2015 Opening of Academic Year and Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the USQ campus in Hervey Bay.

The spokeswoman said students, staff, donors and members of the USQ and Fraser Coast councils would attend the event to reward students who had demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and participation in the wider community.

She said scholarships would also be presented to students whose ability to attend university and achieve their full academic potential was adversely affected by financial hardship.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas said the Fraser Coast bursaries would encourage local students to continue attaining outstanding results.

"The scholarship recipients are of a very high calibre and I congratulate each student on their decision to study with USQ," she said.

"The university greatly values the support of local businesses and this scholarship presentation is a way of acknowledging their support."

USQ scholarship winners

Chancellor's Scholarship - $12,000

  • Sarah Anderson of Goomeri/Murgon.

Vice-Chancellor's Principal's Recommendation Scholarship - $12,000

  • Brittany Foley, St Mary's Catholic College, Maryborough. The daughter of former Maryborough MP and Grace Community Church Pastor Chris Foley and his wife Glenys is enrolled in USQ's Bachelor of Nursing. Ms Foley intends to pursue two careers-nurse and pastor- with the aim of working on mercy ships or mission fields in Asia. "I'm very excited to win this scholarship," Ms Foley said. "I feel like all the extra things I've done such as the leadership positions, public speaking competitions and volunteer work have really helped me get this scholarship."
  • Katie Webster, Gladstone. The keen charity worker will study for a USQ Bachelor of Commerce with majors in finance and accounting. Last year she won the GTC Accounting Award and was a member of her school's Senior Student Council. Ms Webster is a member of Rotary International's Interact Club and has participated in fundraising events including  Relay for Life, Red Shield Appeal and 40 Hour Famine. "I'm thrilled to have this scholarship," Ms Webster said. "It means I'll be able to help pay my university expenses such as text books which I'd struggle with otherwise."
  • Jodie Hawken, Maryborough.
  • Tegan Hoyes, Maryborough.

Future Community Leader Scholarship - $6000.

  • Sarah Perry, Isis District (Childers). The sports captain and band captain will study for a USQ Bachelor of Education. She lives on a 140-acre farm at Booyal near Childers where she works part-time at the local IGA supermarket. Her ambition is to teach primary school in Queensland's rural areas. "Winning this scholarship means a lot to me because I didn't think I had a chance being a rural student," Ms Perry said. "To have the support of family and teachers meant a lot."

International Women's Conference Scholarship - Maximum value $1500.

  • Ebony Andersen.

USQ Women's Network Bursary - Maximum value $500.

  • Lizette Phillips.

Sponsored awards

  • Colin Matthias - Audrey Redmond Memorial Award; the student with the highest achievement in NUR2200 Mental Health Nursing Care.
  • Andrew Robertson - Avance Chartered Accountants Award; the student with the highest GPA in ACC2113 Management Accounting 1.
  • Faron Green - Drew Stephenson Accounting Award; the student achieving the highest GPA in ACC1102 Financial Accounting.
  • Ashleigh Barnard - Fraser Coast Anglican College Award; the first-year full-time education student with the highest cumulative GPA.
  • Andrew Robertson - Fraser Coast Regional Council Scholarship; awarded to the second-year student with the highest GPA.
  • Claire Talbot - Freemasons of Hervey Bay Award; the student achieving the highest cumulative GPA for second-year nursing (full-time, on-campus, Fraser Coast).
  • Maria Orning - Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce Award; the student with the highest achievement in MGT1000 Organisational Behaviour and Management.
  • Kelly Francis - Inner Wheel Award; the student with the highest achievement in NUR1099 Professional Nursing for Older People.
  • Elinor May - Len Fisher Memorial Scholarship; outstanding first-year student in the Bachelor of Human Services program, with the highest GPA.
  • Dee Woodgate - Lucy Harris Award; to assist a nursing student to travel to regional and remote locations for the purpose of gaining clinical experience in Indigenous communities.
  • Deborah Murray - Olga Miller Memorial Award; for an indigenous student with high achievement and demonstrated commitment to study.
  • Burnice Ecksmann - Olga Miller Memorial Award; for an indigenous student with high achievement and demonstrated commitment to study.