Student Opportunities, University and Scholarships News

There are currently lots of opportunities to apply for scholarships. I urge any students looking at attending university next year to apply.  CQU have stated that they often don’t award all of their scholarships because they do not receive any applications. 

Student Opportunities

TASTE (The Agricultural Skills & Technology Experience): A program for high school students aged 15 and over held during some school holidays at:

  • Emerald Agricultural College
  • Longreach Pastoral College

TASTE helps teens explore the many career options available in rural indutries, giving them an appreciation of the practical skills training and innovative technology that can help them forge an agricultural career.

Taste is a non-accredited program  students receive Certificate of Particiation.

WHAT? Social + Practical + Interactive

  • Riding motorcycles, quad bikes* and horses
  • Feeding and managing livestock
  • Rural operations including machinery and equipment
  • Exploring the science and technology behind agriculture

*Minimun age 16 years for quad bike activities.

WHY? Explore Rural Career and Training Options

  • Hands on experience at our industry-scale properties
  • Meet our experienced instructors
  • Learn about the exciting range of training and career opportunities in agriculture and related rural industries
  • Meet others as interested in agriculture as you!


  • Longreach Pastoral College: 17-21 September ($450)
  • Emerald Agricultural College 24-28 September ($450)
  • Emerald Agricultural College & Longreach Pastoral College: 3-8 December 2017 ($500).  Check out both Colleges during this special 5 day TASTE experience for school leavers!

If you want to work with animals, see crops and pastures, learn how to operate agricultural machinery and equipment, and have fun... come and RIDE IT, DRIVE IT, GROW IT, TASTE IT.

If you would like more information on other courses on offer view the website now.

Contact us now to secure you place at either Longreach Pastoral College or Emerald Agricultural College for September 2017.

TASTE is a non-accredited training experience which allows you to find out what a career in the rural industry is all about.


Alternative Schoolies - Make your Year 12 celebration something worth remembering!

For those who want to mark the end of their very long school education with something different, with more than just a week-long party, picture this: you travel to a developing country and immerse yourself in the culture, you make a positive impact to your world and you do this alongside volunteers from all over the globe. Sound pretty great? Welcome to your Alternative Schoolies – quite literally a world away from your typical schoolies week!

You can go by yourself or with a bunch of your friends on a two or three week volunteering journey to Sri Lanka or Samoa. Here you will help to support disadvantaged children in education and care activities in local kindergartens and care centres, as well as grassroots healthcare campaigns and outreach work in the wider community.

The Alternative Schoolies programmes offer flexible start dates in a three week period over November and December. The projects are structured to give you a variety of hands on, worthwhile and rewarding work - as well as the chance to take a little time out to relax and take in the sights of a wonderful country we hope you will come to regard as a second home.

Get your imagination going and think outside the box for your schoolies; after all, you only get to do it once – so make your schoolies something worth remembering!

Take a closer look here or download our Alternative Schoolies leaflet »


Women in Army Adventure Camp: Defence Force Recruiting's "Women in Army Adventure Camp" will be held from 18th - 20th September 2017 at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville and applications are now open.

The Women in Army Adventure Camp will provide a hands-on and interactive experience for young women who are considering a career in the Australian Army. This is a residential camp held at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville. Accommodation and all meals will be provided. 

Participants will be exposed to various 3rd Brigade units and will gain knowledge and understanding of a range of job roles such as infantry, armoured corps, artillery, combat engineers, medical/health, logistics, communications, trades and combat and security. Interested students can learn more about these jobs at

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of hands on tasks and activities to showcase and develop team work, leadership and confidence skills. They will engage with serving Army personnel to learn more about the Army lifestyle and with Defence Force Recruiting personnel to discuss pathways to various Army careers. The Camp is open to female students in Years 10, 11 & 12 aged between 16 – 18 years of age. 

Applicants must have passes in (or currently passing) Year 10 English and Maths and will need to provide proof of grades as part of their application. Successful participants will be supervised at all times by personnel from Defence Force Recruiting, Defence Work Experience Program and serving members of the Australian Army. 

Further details about this residential work experience activity will be provided to the successful applicants closer to the start date.

Information Pack (PDF Version)

How to apply:


University Information

CQU Auditions: Auditions are taking place in Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Sydney, and online until February 2018.

For more information use the link.


UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program - apply now: UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program is delivered over 28 weeks in two trimester periods. The program will be offered at UQ College St Lucia campus in January, May and September 2018.

Students learn skills and meet prerequisites required for successful university-level study. On completion of the program, students can use their grade point average and prerequisites to apply for entry into a university degree.

UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program students are part of the university community. Students have access to the full range of support services that The University of Queensland provides.This allows for a smooth transition into a University degree on successful completion of the Tertiary Preparation Program.

Applications are currently open and will close on Monday 27 November, 2017.

For information, contact: Robyn Tyler

Phone: 07 3346 1695




Applications for the 2018 Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS) are now open. The IAESS program gives 20 Indigenous high school students from across Australia, who are entering years 10, 11 or 12 in 2018, the opportunity to come to Sydney and explore the possibilities of engineering as a course and a career.

IAESS is running from 14-20 January 2018. The program is hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney, and is fully funded by Engineering Aid Australia. All activities, accommodation, flights and meals for participants are therefore covered by Engineering Aid Australia and the University of Sydney.

The week-long program will give participants the chance to go on exciting engineering site visits to key Sydney locations, participate in curriculum exercises, and cultural activities. Further program highlights include networking opportunities with engineering industry representatives and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.

If any Indigenous students with a high aptitude for maths and science are interested in engineering, I would strongly encourage them to apply. Please note applications for IAESS 2018 close Friday 6 October.

Should you have any queries or would like more information on IAESS, please do not hesitate to contact me.  


Enhanced Studies Program - apply now: High achieving Year 11 students are invited to apply for UQ’s Enhanced Studies Program (ESP). ESP provides students with an opportunity to extend their studies by completing a university subject in Semester 1 of Year 12.

Over 40 courses are available in a range of study areas including psychology, science and humanities .

Students who participate in ESP enjoy the benefits associated with being a UQ student. In addition, upon successful completion of ESP, students will receive one bonus point towards their university entrance rank through UQ’s Bonus Rank Scheme.

Applications open in August and close Tuesday 31 October, 2017.

For information, contact: Candice Meyer

Phone: 07 3346 7762




ACU Exercise science pathways and careers: Exercise science is a growing industry with interesting, impactful, and diverse career opportunities. Are any of your students interested in:

  • Sport – career opportunities exist in coaching, strength and conditioning, performance analysis, and sport science
  • PE teaching
  • Outdoor leadership – recreation or education
  • Allied health professions - accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) are allied health professionals who use exercise to improve the quality of life for individuals with a variety of chronic diseases, such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, obesity, musculoskeletal injuries, cancers, or mental illness. An AEP can work in public and private hospitals, multi-disciplinary clinics, population health settings, or sport settings. 

ACU offers a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, and a Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science, as well as dual degree opportunities with teaching, business and public health. We also have postgraduate options for students wishing to pursue a career in high performance sport or clinical exercise physiology.

Students who miss out on the OP requirement can complete ACU’s Certificate in Exercise Science, which can be a pathway into a bachelor degree*. 
*Conditions of entry apply

For more information please contact the Course Coordinator, Matthew Sweeney


Applications For The Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program Close On Friday 15 September, Don’t Miss Out!

The 2018 Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program, is to be held on Sunday 14 - Friday 19 January 2018 at The University of Sydney. This program is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students currently in Year 8, 9, 10 or 11, who will be in Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 in 2018. Applications are open now and close in Friday 15 September, 2017.

Check out the Program Brochure!

The University of Sydney will cover all costs for successful applicants including travel, accommodation and meals. The Program is extremely popular so it is essential that you complete your application by the due date to avoid disappointment.

Apply here:

Applications close Friday 15 September 2017. 



CQUniversity has a wide range of scholarships to fit students from all walks of life and all of them could do with more applications.

Sometimes, however, the idea of ‘free money’ isn’t enough to tempt high school students to apply for a scholarship.

There are four key reasons students should seek out scholarship options: Firstly, there is the obvious financial benefit; second, bolstering their CV; third, as a means to create industry contacts; or fourth, to uncover lesser known scholarships in the CQUni database.

For further details on each of these reasons and to find out more, visit the CQUni Life Blog.


Iwasaki Tertiary Education Bursary: The Iwasaki Foundation Tertiary Education Bursary supports students who without the financial assistance from the Foundation by way of a bursary would not be able to attend university. This includes students living with a medical/mental health condition or disability and students from disadvantaged backgrounds and assists in meeting the costs associated with study. The Foundation was established in 1985, funded by a grant of capital from the estate of Mrs Yoshi Iwasaki (dec), the wife of the Capricorn Resort founder, Mr Yohachiro Iwasaki (dec). Visit for more information

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a resident of Central Queensland and either an Australian Citizen or Australian Resident.
  • Demonstrate to the Board that they are needy or disabled or so needy or disabled that without the Bursary they may not be able to attend further education.
  • Provide the Board with a letter from a school Principal, year 12 coordinator, class teacher or other persons acceptable to the Board detailing the benefits the Applicant would receive by being the recipient of a Bursary and confirming their level of education at the time of applying for the Bursary.
  • Be in receipt of or eligible for a Centrelink benefit, or the Applicants parents or guardians are in receipt of Centrelink payments, or are in needy circumstances.
  • Have been accepted at a University in a course that has been HECS approved and eligible for Commonwealth fee contribution assistance, or have been accepted at a College of Advanced Education in a course approved by the Board.


LEAD -  School of Law Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship at University of Queensland: If you dream of a career in law and have experienced difficult circumstances during your schooling you can apply for the:

  • TC Beirne School of Law Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship, and/or
  • UQ Special Admissions Scheme (SAS) for undergraduate law programs.

Both the scheme and scholarship aim to increase the diversity of the cohort in the Law School. They give bright students who have overcome significant hurdles a chance to achieve their full potential.

The LEAD Scholarship is offered annually to deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds who intend to study an undergraduate law program at UQ. In 2018, up to 17 LEAD scholarships will be available.

The scholarship offers:

$7000 per year for up to five years to help with living and study expenses
a dedicated academic mentor
a support network through non-residential membership of a UQ college
priority access to internships and career planning assistance.

Applications will open online on this page on 3 August and close on 8 September 2017

Click here for more information.


New scholarship now available – Riewoldt Family AFL Excellence Scholarship: Applications for this scholarship are now open and will close 1 September. As a proud partner of AFL Queensland, Bond University is offering two Riewoldt Family AFL Excellence Scholarships for students commencing university in January 2018. Offered in partnership with the Riewoldt Family, these unique full tuition scholarships provide an opportunity for one male and one female to enhance their football career whilst also gaining a first class educational experience at Bond University. Read more.


UQ Sporting Scholarships - apply now: UQ's sporting scholarships support students to balance their studies with the demands of elite-level competition.  In addition to financial support, these scholarships offer academic tutoring, facility access, workshops and much more.

UQ's sporting scholarships open on Thursday August 3. Applications can be submitted online.

For information, contact:

Ashley Hanger

Phone: 07 3365 6046




C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships: The 2018 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships open on Monday 4 December and close on Friday 5 January 2018.

C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships are one of the most generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate students in Australia. Each residential scholarship is valued at up to $50,000 over three years. 

Information about the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship and an application form are available at or by contacting the secretary to the Trustees on 08 8127 1654.

The Charles Hawker Scholarship perpetuates the memory of scholar, soldier and pastoralist Charles Allan Seymour Hawker and commemorates the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected statesmen.

C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships have been presented by Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC, South Australian Premier Hon Jay Weatherill MP, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Hawker family member Hon David Hawker AO and former Governor-General The Hon Major General Michael Jeffery AC.

The scholarships are available to all Australian students. The majority have been awarded to students entering their first year of university study.

Selection is largely based on personal qualities and demonstrated leadership as well as academic ability. Undergraduate Hawker Scholars are able to attend a range of Australian educational institutions. For more information please go to our website


QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships: Applications are open for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Program. Please note, there is no longer an OP/rank eligibility requirement for the elite athlete scholarships. Applications for academic and elite athlete categories close 17 November. To be considered for creative industries scholarships students must submit their portfolio or register for an audition with QUT by 5pm on 15 September.

Mrs Karen Copping (Careers Coordinator)