Building resilient regional and remote Queensland communities.

2018 scholarship recipient, Mistrel Fetzer Boegheim

Central Qld student keen to bring skills back to the regions

As a first year Earth Science student at JCU, Mistrel Fetzer Boegheim did what most students do and juggled part-time work with full-time study.

There were plenty of times when work commitments had to take priority over study to fund day-to-day living expenses.

The news that the former Moranbah State High School student had been awarded a $30,000 QCoal Foundation scholarship over three years changed everything.

“When I first came to University, I realised very quickly that being financially independent and maintaining good grades is easier said than done,” Mistrel said.

“At one stage, I had three hospitality jobs just to keep up.

“The [scholarship] allowed me to ease that financial strain, as well as give me the time to get better grades for geology.

“I even have time now to run a student society club for geoscience and do extra-curricular work for the laboratory in the Geoscience Department.”

Each year the Foundation awards a three-year scholarship to a regional or remote Queensland student to study at JCU.

Eligible students must be due to start their first year of an undergraduate degree in any discipline, or in their second year of an Earth Science or Geology degree.

As an exploration geologist himself, QCoal Foundation chairman Chris Wallin is particularly thrilled Mistrel is planning to study Honours and work towards becoming an exploration geologist.

“Mistrel is clearly making the most of her time at University by working hard and getting involved in extra-curricular activities, which confirms our scholarship funding is appreciated and being put to good use,” he said.

“I can’t wait to see where Mistrel’s aspirations take her in the future.”

As for Mistrel, her plan is to work back in a regional area ‘because that’s where all the rocks are!’

“I have rural roots and there’s always been an appeal to small, close-knit communities,” she said.

“The work just means so much more.”

Applications for the QCoal Foundation Scholarship close in January each year.  You can learn more about the scholarship here.

Learn more about Mistrel’s experience as a recipient of the QCoal Foundation Scholarship in the video below: