Building resilient regional and remote Queensland communities.

Melanie Martyn

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 provides 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.
  • must be currently living in, or have relocated from, an outer regional, remote or very remote area of Queensland.
  • be an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian Permanent visa.
  • must demonstrate their interest in working in rural or regional Queensland.
  • must be:
    • starting their first or second year enrolled in Geology or Earth Science, or
    • starting their first year of study in any other Bachelor degree
    • at a campus or study centre of JCU (excluding Brisbane and Singapore).

A new scholarship is awarded each year. Applications open on 1 October and close on 31 January.

Preference will be given to scholarship applicants who:

  • currently live in, or have relocated from Isaac or Whitsunday Council regions, or
  • intend to study geology or science (excluding marine biology).

Further information is available at