Enriching rural and remote Queensland communities

Muskaan Singh

QCoal Foundation Scholarship

QCoal Foundation is proud to partner with James Cook University (JCU) to provide the QCoal Foundation Scholarship.  Established in 2015, the Scholarship aims to support students who intend to commence study at JCU, with preference given to those from rural and remote communities in Queensland.

The $30,000 scholarship will provide a pathway to further education without the economic challenges that are associated with having to relocate to attend university.

To be eligible, students:

  • need to have completed Year 12 within two years prior to studying at JCU and preference will be given to geology or science (excluding marine biology) students.
  • must be starting their first year of study in a Bachelor’s degree at a campus or study centre of JCU (excluding Brisbane and Singapore).
  • must be currently living in, or have relocated from, an outer regional, remote or very remote area of Queensland (check website for details)
  • be an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian Permanent visa.

A new scholarship is awarded each year and applications opened on 1 October 2016.  Further information is available at www.jcu.edu.au with applications due by 31 January 2017.

Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their interest in working in rural or regional Queensland.

Preference will be given to scholarship applicants from the Isaac and Whitsunday Council regions. In particular Bowen, Proserpine, Collinsville, Gumlu, Queens Beach, Carmila, Clairview, Clermont, Coppabella, Dysart, Glenden, Moranbah and Nebo.

In April this year, first year Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) student Muskaan Singh was awarded the 2016 QCoal Foundation scholarship.

Ms Singh said it had made an enormous difference to her studies and is helping her cover her living expenses.

“The QCoal Scholarship has been a tremendous help,” Ms Singh said.

“It has provided me with financial confidence to be able to freely focus on my studies instead of trying to juggle a full-time work load with casual employment.”

Ms Singh, who is from Mackay, said the MBBS had an intense workload but the scholarship was helping ease the additional financial strains.

“The course usually demands at least 60 hours of my time per week. However, it helps ease the pressure knowing that I don’t have to worry about finances so much, thanks to QCoal’s $10,000 scholarship per year for three consecutive years.”

Ms Singh said although it has a high workload, she is enjoying her studies.

She is also considering completing her  last two clinical years (5th and 6th) at the Mackay Base Hospital.

For more information about the 2016 Scholarship Recipient, Muskaan Singh, please visit  QCoal Foundation Scholarship Awarded.