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 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 will open on 1 October 2017.  Further information is available at

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.

A passionate veterinary student has been awarded a $30,000 QCoal Foundation scholarship to help her study at James Cook University this year.

Melanie Martyn, who began a Veterinary Science degree in February, has been awarded the second QCoal Foundation scholarship which aims to provide a pathway for rural and remote students to attend university.

The scholarship, valued at $10,000 per year over three years, is designed to assist the student with their studies and help meet their living expenses.

Melanie, who grew up on a farm at Clermont, said veterinary science was always a passion.

“Veterinary science has always been an interest of mine after growing up on a cattle property with an array of pets, and JCU seemed like the most appropriate uni to undertake this course with its focus on tropical medicine and rural placements,” she said.

“Receiving this scholarship was some of the best news as it will help me through my studies and open so many possibilities.”

“I will now be able to cover my accommodation costs much more easily, and am also thinking about the possibility of placements in areas I otherwise would not have been able to go and even exchange in later years.”

QCoal Foundation Director Christopher Wallin said Melanie was a worthy recipient.

“I congratulate Melanie on being this year’s QCoal Foundation Scholarship recipient,” Mr Wallin said.

“We were again very impressed with the calibre of applicants, particularly those who, like Melanie, are from the regional areas surrounding our operations.

“The QCoal Foundation’s focus is to support rural and remote communities, and by supporting the education of vet science students, we recognise the critical value of primary industries to Queensland.

“Melanie’s long-held dream to become a regional veterinarian epitomises what this scholarship is about and we wish her all the very best with her studies.”

The QCoal Foundation scholarships are open for students who intend to study at JCU, with preference given to those studying Geology or Earth Sciences from communities in rural and regional areas of Queensland. Applicants are particularly encouraged from the Isaac and Whitsunday Council regions.

For more information about the 2017 Scholarship Recipient, Melanie Martyn, please visit  QCoal Foundation Scholarship Awarded.