Education Bursaries

GWQ SC presents bursaries to women students at USC on an annual basis.

The application process for undergraduate bursaries is channelled through the Scholarships Office of USC.
Selection process is managed by a branch committee, according to established guidelines

Since 1996, our branch has given bursaries to female students from the University of the Sunshine Coast(USC) to assist them to further their studies. Money has been raised from donations, fundraising activities and in earlier years from gowning graduates of USC. Sadly this contract was lost a few years ago.

Up to 2021, GWQ SC has awarded $150,000 in bursaries to assist women students with their education. Since 2005, four $250 bursaries have been awarded to female students exiting Milpera State High School, an intensive English Language School for newly arrived young people of refugee and migrant background. In 2021, the first tertiary bursary of $1,500 was awarded to a refugee student.

Sally Chandler’s “Closing the Gap” three bursaries of $1000 each raised from her paintings were awarded annually to indigenous students at USC. These bursaries will be continued as funds allow.

The annual Bursary Award breakfast is held to award 3 bursaries of $1,500 to outstanding USC students. Other bursaries are presented at Milpera SHS, Burnside SHS or at our events as appropriate.


STEMM (Burnside SHS)

For further details regarding USC undergraduate scholarships and bursaries please contact:
USC Scholarships Office

We congratulate all of our Bursary recipients!

Recipients of 2021 Undergraduate Bursaries

L-R: Heidi Osbourne (Civil Engineering); Jaclyn Tahu (Nursing); Alana Colton (Dietetics)

Heidi Osbourne is studying Civil Engineering. Her plan for a thesis project is with Engineers Without Borders, and aims to improve options for women in developing countries towards menstrual hygiene, which will contribute significantly to their quality of life.

Jaclyn Tahu is a nursing student. Her academic referee noted her respectful and caring attitude towards patients, and this was evident when she spoke of her passion to be an excellent nurse and to show empathy to all those with whom she works.

Alana Colton is studying dietetics. Her honours project concerns the functional ability of patients with blood cancers, and how this study will lead to more targeted nutrition and exercise interventions. Alana demonstrated a very keen interest in our organisation and spoke about the power of women working together.

Sally Chandler Closing the Gap Indigenous Bursary recipient

Indigenous Bursary Recipient 2021
Rachel Taylor

Rachel Taylor is our 2021 Closing the Gap bursary recipient. She is currently studying for Bachelor of Human Services at USC. In her second semester practicum, Rachel asked to be placed in child protection or youth services for First Nations children. Rachel’s ultimate goal is to be involved in community initiatives and programs within First Nation communities

2020 USC Bursary Recipients

bursay winners 2020
Kristy, Madeline and Tiffany with their bursary certificates

Kristy Benson is a midwifery student with a GPA of 7, reflecting her deep passion for this field of study. She lives at Hervey Bay and makes a weekly six- hour round trip to the Sippy Downs campus for lectures.

Madeline Foster is studying Medical Science, a relatively new course at USC, which will lead her to medical studies at SCUH.

Tiffany Stevenson is a business student at the Gympie campus of USC. She has achieved a GPA of 6.9 and has really found her niche in the area of marketing and communication.

bursay winners 2018
Sara Saeidi

Sara is the winner of the $1,500 bursary from the 2017 Queensland Community Service Award.
Sara is studying Diploma of Nursing at the Mater Hospital, Brisbane. She spoke eloquently about her family background and her aspirations for future study.

bursay winners 2018
USC Undergraduate Bursary Winners, 2018
Asha Sara, Nicole Lambert, Melissa Bartels

bursay winner 2017
Noami Shanahan winner of the 2017 Engineering bursary, valued at $500

Summer Bateman (STEMM) received a $500 bursary to assist with entry to USC in 2018

We congratulate our 2017 Undergraduate Bursary recipients

Julie Reeves - B Environmental Management
Kate Whitaker - B Business
Eliza Berry - B Occupational Therapy (Honours)

2017 Bursary Recipients: Julie Reeves, Kate Whitaker and Eliza Berry

Left to right: Committee members Janet Sweatman and Robyn Redknap
with Bursary recipients Julie Reeves, Kate Whitaker and Eliza Berry
with two other committee members Marijke Boonstra and Committee Chair Judy Allinson