Building resilient regional and remote Queensland communities.

2020 scholarship recipient, Patrick Jurgens

Scholarship recipient sets up his future options

The 2020 QCoal Foundation was awarded to former Bowen State High School student Patrick Jurgens.

Patrick commenced a Bachelor of Advanced Science at James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville in 2020 and graduated from Bowen State High School in 2019.

In applying for the Scholarship, Patrick clearly demonstrated his understanding of regional communities and his interest in living and working in those communities in the future.

“Post-graduation I hope to find employment within the mining industry and, as I would have to relocate to a more remote area, I would aim to become a prominent member of the community and support local community events,” Patrick said.

On receiving the news of the Scholarship, Patrick confirmed that the support would mean an increased focus on his studies without as many financial worries.
“This scholarship is helping me ease into my studies and life at university,” he said.

Since 2016, the QCoal Foundation Scholarship has been awarded to students studying a wide range of disciplines, including dentistry, veterinary science, engineering, and medicine. While degree disciplines have varied, all recipients share a genuine desire to use their skills to build resilient regional and remote communities after graduation.

Applications for the QCoal Foundation Scholarship close in January each year. You can learn more about the scholarship here and you can learn more about Patrick’s experience as a recipient of the QCoal Foundation Scholarship in the video below:

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