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Golden opportunity for school leavers

2 min read
02 Aug 2022
Woman in garden.
Academic Excellence Scholarship recipient Sally Adamski.

On the day QTAC applications open, the University of Southern Queensland has launched its range of Academic Excellence Scholarships, focused on high-achieving students.

Scholarships up to the value of $29,000 are automatically available for high-achieving Year 12 students who put the University of Southern Queensland first on their QTAC application.

University of Southern Queensland Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Nelson said these scholarships could provide financial security allowing students to focus on their studies.

High school leavers who achieve an ATAR 97 or above and put the University of Southern Queensland first on QTAC will automatically receive a Chancellor’s Scholarship valued at up to $29,000, including an optional study abroad package.

Students with an ATAR 88 or above will be awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship valued at up to $20,000.

And students with an ATAR 84 or above will be awarded an Academic Excellence Scholarship of up to $6,400.

For 18 year-old Sally Adamski, the opportunity was too good to pass up.

Born and raised on a cattle property near Rockhampton, Sally excelled in high school receiving an ATAR of 90.25.

Determined to continue studying in regional Queensland, she applied for the University of Southern Queensland’s Bachelor of Education program.

“It was really simple,” Sally said.

“All I had to do was put the University of Southern Queensland first on my QTAC application and I automatically qualified for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship.”

“I’ve hit the ground running without any added financial pressure.”

Professor Nelson said the Academic Excellence Scholarships were a decisive move to keep students in the region and also attract students from metro areas to study at the University of Southern Queensland.

“We want to build strong rural and regional communities, and we know that providing outstanding educational opportunities and careers right here in the region is the best way of doing just that.”

The University of Southern Queensland is a Trailblazer university known for its research excellence with its own national hub in space manufacturing and involvement in two others in the areas of clean energy and food technology research.

“It’s this pursuit of excellence that drives our University, and these scholarships are another example of this,” Professor Nelson said.

These scholarships apply to high-achieving students who list the University of Southern Queensland as their number-one choice for QTAC (or any other university admission centre).

The scholarships are available to school leavers at any University of Southern Queensland campus.

The Academic Excellence Scholarships are part of a suite of scholarships available at the University. Find out more.