Student Opportunities, Tertiary and Scholarships News

Student Opportunities

Defence Force 

Defence STEM Cadetship Program: Are you looking to take your STEM career to the next level? Defence STEM Cadetship Program will provide you with excellent learning and career development opportunities to propel you into your future career with confidence.


Tertiary Information

JMC: We'll be holding Short Courses designed for High School students during the January 2020 school holidays.

If you are a high school student who thinks outside the box and wants to discover their creative side and unlock the possibilities of a career in one of the many growing areas in the Creative Industries, then take this next step.

Early Bird 10% discount for individuals available until 11:59pm, Thursday 5 December 2019. Email Kassandra Kashian on for further information.

CQU University Auditions: Auditions for our performing arts courses will be taking place in Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay and Townsville in November, or online now until February 2020 for the below courses. Interviews for Visual Arts will be held in Rockhampton in November 2019. 


InspireU Senior Engineering, UQ and Inspireu Junior STEM – now open for Application 

Applications for the 2020 InspireU Senior Engineering and Junior STEM camps are now open!

Our programs are jam packed with engaging activities and fun things to do; here is a bit more information about each camp.

Junior STEM

Students entering Years 9 and 10 in 2020 that have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), take part in a range of activities designed to provide a practical insight into the STEM field and the many opportunities for study and careers in this industry. STEM touches every aspect of our lives from smartphones to the technologies that send us into outer space.

Senior Engineering

Students entering Years 11 & 12 in 2020 that have an interest in an Engineering degree, take part in a range of activities designed to provide a practical insight into the different types of Engineering and the many opportunities for study and careers in this industry. Engineers develop imaginative and visionary solutions to improve the world we live in.

UQ understands that these programs are held on student’s holidays, as part of this program we will also be taking the students to a theme park which will give the students the opportunity to relax, have fun and see what there is to do around Brisbane. University is more than just study!

All reasonable costs for the camp including all travel, flights, accommodation, meals and excursions are paid for, by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit (ATSIS Unit).


JCU Pre-Program Applications: 2019 Summer Pre-Program are now open. Please distribute this to your contacts and direct applicants to submit their applications via the link

Please note: this program is available to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 12 students who have completed Year 12 QCE or HSC requirements in 2019 and are wishing to gain entry in JCU.

This year we will be showcasing study areas in the following fields:

  • Health and Medical Sciences
  • Law
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Applications close 29 November.


University of Adelaide: Applications for the Wirltu Yarlu Access Pathway at the University of Adelaide are open! 


The Access Pathway provides access to higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may not otherwise qualify for university entrance. The Access Pathway can provide entry into an Undergraduate degree, the University Preparatory Program or the CASM Foundation program at the University of Adelaide.

 You already have what it takes.

To discuss your study options further please contact Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education

Phone: 08 8313 3623




The Hotel School Brisbane Is Now Open!

We are delighted to announce the opening of The Hotel School Brisbane campus.  

Diploma and Degree courses commencing 4th November.

Our brand new Brisbane campus is located in the heart of CBD.
127 Creek Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000



Bendigo Bank Scholarships, First Year Tertiary Student: Bendigo and Adelaide Bank is committed to supporting young people through various initiatives, including our annual scholarship program. Each year scholarships are awarded to first year tertiary students studying at an Australian university or college campus for the first time.

Our scholarship program makes a significant difference to these hard working and talented students by helping them cover some of the costs of tertiary education.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank offers one of Australia's leading scholarship programs. From agriculture-based scholarships, to those connected to one of our many Community Bank® branches, we have something to help you reach your dream of a tertiary education.

Applications for 2020 Scholarship places open from 2 December 2019 and close at midnight (AEDT) 28 January 2020.

For further information or assistance please call 1300 304 541 or click here.


Tertiary Education Bursary program, Iwasaki Foundation: We are now funding Tertiary Education Bursaries for student children of financially disadvantaged families.

On average the Iwasaki Foundation will have 16 students completing their studies with the help of Bursary Funding. These payments will continue for the duration of the students’ courses, subject to them meeting the required academic and needs-based standards.

We trust this provides sufficient information to assist you to understand and appreciate the range of activities of The Iwasaki Foundation and its founding family.

Closes 30 November

Application and guidelines can be found at this link.


Rural and Remote Scholarships APPLY NOW!  We are so excited to announce applications for our Rural Regional and Remote Scholarships are now open! There are TWO full fee scholarships available for the AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture for students living in a rural or remote area to commence early 2020. To check if your eligible and for more info click here or contact Mel on 02 6884 8812 or email


AgriFutures Horizon Scholarships: The AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship is awarded to students studying an agriculture-related undergraduate degree or a Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths/Finance (STEM) degree with relevant majors which align to agriculture.

In partnership with industry sponsors, the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship is an initiative supporting students enrolled in full time study at an Australian university by providing a bursary, professional development workshops, annual industry work placements, opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events. For more information click here.


Catholic Education Scholarship for Indigenous Student Leadership: The Catholic Education Scholarship for Indigenous Students is a perpetual scholarship for the Catholic education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This Scholarship will be offered to 1 male and 1 female Indigenous student enrolled in Year 10 at a Catholic Secondary College in the Diocese of Rockhampton to encourage their completion of Year 12 studies.

The Scholarship will be $2,000 for each student, and payable to the College where the student is enrolled.

$1000 will be paid at the beginning of Year 11, with $1000 paid at the beginning of Year 12.  Funds are paid directly into the school account and should be used specifically for educational purposes i.e. School fees.


To be eligible to apply for this  Scholarship, students must be:

  • Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Currently  be  a  Year  10  student  studying  in  a Catholic College within the Rockhampton Diocese
  • Intending to complete year 11 and Year 12 in a Catholic College within the Rockhampton Diocese

Please see Mrs Copping for an application form.


Bond University’s Indigenous Medical Scholarship - Bond University is committed to providing opportunities in tertiary education for Indigenous Australians and in 2020, will be providing an Indigenous pathway into its Medical program.

The Medical Program is designed to equip graduates with the foundational knowledge, skills and attributes required to safely and effectively practise medicine in today’s complex healthcare environment.

Applications open on 16 January, 2020 and close on 30 January, 2020.

The yearly intake for Bond medical students is in May 2020.


TJ Ryan Memorial Scholarship – for Year 12 Graduates  

Online applications close Friday 13 December 2019.

TJ Ryan Memorial Medals and Scholarships are awarded each year to support exemplary Queensland students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their school and the broader community as well as academic excellence through their achievements in Year 12.


Lambert McBride Bursary – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander University student: The Lambert McBride Perpetual (Bursary) is named in honour of the late Lambert McBride?—?an Aboriginal advocate and lobbyist for Queensland Indigenous rights. The bursary was established by the Queensland Government to recognise the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Constitutional referendum.

Mr McBride believed in the value of education for progress and encouraged Indigenous people to get a good education. This bursary provides the opportunity for 1 Indigenous tertiary student studying in any field at an eligible Queensland higher education institution to continue Mr McBride's legacy through a one-off grant of $5,000 to assist with study expenses.

The successful candidate will receive a one-off payment of $5,000 to assist with study-related expenses such as a computer, text books or stationery.

The funds will be paid as a lump sum after confirmation of enrolment in the semester following the award of the bursary.

Eligibility ?criteria

To be eligible to apply for this bursary, candidates must provide:

  • written evidence of being recognised as a member of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community
  • evidence of having completed (or will soon complete) first or second year of study in any field at an eligible Queensland higher education institution in the current calendar year (i.e. 2019).

Online applications close Friday 13 December 2019.


Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship -  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only: If you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and are studying or intend to study an undergraduate or postgraduate teacher qualification, our Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship might be right for you.

So we can encourage and support our aspiring teachers, this scholarship provides generous financial benefits and the opportunity to gain valuable experience and skills teaching in a supportive environment while you study, and after graduation.

Why you should apply

As a Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship recipient, you could receive:

  • up to $20,000 (before tax) to help you with study and related expenses and
  • permanent employment as a teacher in a Queensland state school when you graduate.

Online applications close Friday 13 December 2019.


Aspiring Teacher Grant  

If you have decided to become a teacher, our Aspiring Teacher Grants will help you to get started.

Why you should apply

If successful, you will receive a one-off lump-sum payment of $2,500 for general applicants or $5,000 for rural or remote residents during the first semester of study to assist with study-related expenses such as a computer, textbooks and stationery.

For students from rural or remote communities, the funds can assist with additional expenses incurred, when moving from your home to undertake study. Funds will be paid after confirmation of enrolment in an eligible initial teacher education course (ITE).


Future Teachers Bursary – student in Year 11 and 12 in 2020:  If you’re in Year 11 or 12 and want to become a teacher, some Higher Education Institutions (often referred to as universities) offer programs that allow you to start studying subjects toward your teaching degree before you graduate high school.

If you have been accepted into one of these programs, we can provide additional financial and peer support to get you started in your teaching career with our Future Teachers Bursary.

Why you should apply

You can finish your teaching degree faster as you will have completed some of the required tertiary subjects while you’re still at school.

The cost of the subjects you study while at school will be covered. Generally, universities cover payment for the first unit you complete. If the cost isn’t already funded, we’ll cover the total cost of the tertiary unit.

You will also receive up to $200 to help cover study costs related to your program. This may include text books, stationery, photocopying, and campus visits.


QCoal Foundation and JCU: Each year the QCoal Foundation selects one outstanding Year 12 student from regional or remote Queensland to receive a $30,000 scholarship over three years to study at James Cook University.

Former recipients have come from Clermont, Glenden, Moranbah and Bowen and are now studying a diverse range of degrees, such as Veterinary Science, Medicine, Geology and Engineering at JCU.

Our scholarship is open to Year 12 students starting any undergraduate degree at JCU in 2020.

See Mrs Copping for further information


USC Scholarship applications are open for Semester 1, 2020: Remind your students to apply for a USC scholarship – even before they receive an offer from USC. Students only need to submit one online application form to be considered for most USC scholarships and bursaries and they may need to supply documentation to be considered. Other information may be required for individual scholarships so students should read the application selection criteria carefully. Applications close on Saturday 30 November.



USQ: USQ’s new Scholarship program may be of interest and assistance to some students (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) with OPs 1- 8 -

USQ will offer new automatic scholarships for students with OPs from 1-8.

  • School leavers who achieve an OP of 1-2 will automatically receive a scholarship package valued up to $29,000, including an optional study abroad package and leadership development.
  • Students with an OP 6 or above will be awarded a scholarship package valued up to $20,000.
  • And students with an OP8 or above will be awarded up to $6,000.

Click here 


RSL Scholarships 

RSL National Scholarships

The RSL Scholarships were introduced in 2006. Two scholarships are awarded yearly to children and grandchildren of veterans in necessitous and deserving circumstances to assist them when they undertake tertiary education in Australia. The Scholarships ($4,000 each per year) continue for up to three years.

The Scholarships are administered by the Australian Veterans’ Children Australia Trust [AVCAT].

Application forms are available from July each year for studies commencing the following year and can be obtained through the AVCAT website at

The Captain Reg Saunders Memorial Scholarship

Captain Reginald Walter Saunders, a member of the Gunditjmara tribe, was born on 7 August 1920, in the small town of Purnim just outside the Framlingham Aboriginal reserve in the Western District of Victoria.

At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 he joined the Second Australian Imperial Force. This was part of his heritage, that of being a warrior. His people, the Gunditjmara, had fought many battles with the white settlers in trying to retain their land.

He then began his military career, serving in World War II and Korea. During World War II he was selected for training at an Officer Cadet Training Unit, where he graduated as a Lieutenant with men such as Tom Derrick VC. Later promoted to Captain, Reg Saunders served in the 6th Division and saw action in the Middle East and New Guinea.

In Korea he was the Officer in Command of ‘C’ Company of the Third Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR). This Battalion won a United States Presidential Citation for the Battle of Kapyong.

During the last 20 years of his life, Reg Saunders worked with the former Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Reg travelled widely and was able to meet with Aboriginal people from a variety of backgrounds. He was awarded an MBE in 1977. He died in 1990.

The Scholarship
The RSL established this tertiary level scholarship for drug and alcohol abuse studies in 1992 for students of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background who are in necessitous and deserving circumstances. While this emphasis remains important, the scholarship may also be awarded to those who, through their learning, will be better equipped generally to provide a positive example within the aboriginal community and, through the application of their professional or vocational skills as applicable, assist in dealing with substance abuse.

Up to four scholarships per year of $2,000 each may be awarded to students in necessitous circumstances, who have a good academic standing and who have the intention to use their skills or profession for the benefit of the aboriginal community.

The Scholarships are administered by the Australian Veterans’ Children Australia Trust [AVCAT].

Application forms are available from July each year for studies commencing the following year and can be obtained through the AVCAT website at

Click here


ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award: The ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards recognise students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader local community.  At the same time they recognise those who display strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and “mateship”, characteristics that are integral to Australian society.

Read more and download forms here .


Zapaka Empowering The Leaders Scholarship: Zapala have released a scholarship opportunity for college / university attending students, it's called "Zapaka Empowering The Leaders Scholarship". You can review the scholarship offering here.


2020 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships: Applications for the 2020 Charles Hawker Scholarships open on Monday 9 December and close on 8 January 2020. An application form and further information about C.A.S. Hawker and the scholarship are available from or by contacting the secretary to the Trustees in Adelaide on 08 8127 1654.

Hawker Scholarships are valued at up to $60,000.00 over three years and are amongst the most generous, privately funded, residential scholarships available to Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students. Joint Australian of the Year Dr. Richard Harris SC OAM recently presented 2019 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships to four recipients at a function at St Mark's College in Adelaide.

There are a number of scholarships awarded each year. The Trustees offer them to capable students of principle and character who have demonstrated a commitment to the wider community. Selection is based on personal qualities as well as academic ability.


Kings College Residential: Kings College have announced The Lady Watson Scholarship.  This will be available to all women entering King’s College from 2020. Beginning with 8 x $5,000 in 2020. Please see Mrs Copping for more information.


BHP Indigenous CQUniversity Scholarship, Up to $40 000 

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive the CQUniCares BHP Indigenous Scholarships an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled or intending to enrol at CQUniversity in Term 2, 2019
  • Be studying a Bachelor course
  • Be a 1st or 2nd year student
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Reside permanently in Queensland, in communities classified as Inner Regional, Outer Regional, Remote or Very Remote by the Australian Government

Applicants will be assessed on the application form and a written submission of no more than 500 words addressing the following:

Selection Criteria:

  • Career goals and how the scholarship will assist you in achieving your educational objectives;
  • Extracurricular activities – especially community and volunteering activities and demonstration of leadership.
  • Life experiences

Click here for more information.


Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education: The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education recognise students, teachers, support officers, schools and education partners (volunteers, mentors and organisations) who demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.

The awards are named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and the University of Queensland.

In 2015, the renowned Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education expanded and the awards became the Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education. This acknowledges STEM education as a strategic priority for the Department of Education.

Nominations for 2019 are now open

Nominations are open for the 2019 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. This year awards will be presented, across 6 categories, to the value of $125,000.

The awards categories are:

  • Outstanding Senior STEM Student – $5,000 each
  • Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student - $5,000 each
  • Outstanding Teacher of STEM – $5,000 each
  • Outstanding STEM Support Officer – $5,000 each
  • STEM Education Partnership – $5,000 each
  • Outstanding School STEM – $5,000 each.

Who can apply

The awards are open to state and non-state schools in Queensland.

You can apply for a Peter Doherty Award if you are a student who has completed Year 11 in a Queensland school and are currently enrolled in at least 2 Year 12 approved senior science or technology or engineering or mathematics subjects. You also need to have attained a very high level of achievement or equivalent in at least 2 applicable Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or other approved curriculum senior science, technology, engineering or mathematics subjects in Year 11.

Click here for more information.


Mrs Karen Copping (Careers Coordinator)

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