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2019 scholarship recipient, Bill Tapp

Scholarship pays off for 2019 recipient

The QCoal Foundation has congratulated 2019 scholarship recipient Bill Tapp on completing his first year of a Bachelor of Engineering at James Cook University.

After graduating from Bowen State High School in 2018, Bill was awarded a three-year, $30,000 QCoal Foundation scholarship to study at JCU.

Bill said receiving financial support from the Foundation has been a key factor in helping him settle into his new ‘home away from home’ in Townsville.

“The best thing about getting the scholarship is being able to afford to live on campus in a residential college,” Bill said.

“Moving to this area, I didn’t really know anyone, so it was a really big move for me. But when I got to college, everyone is like a family there.

“Living at college helped me learn so much more and if I ever have any troubles, there’s always someone there to help me.”

Thanks to the scholarship, Bill will return to college in 2020 and start his second year of engineering, bringing him another step closer to getting a job at a mine in the Bowen Basin when he graduates.

QCoal Foundation chairman Christopher Wallin said it was a privilege to be able to support a motivated regional student like Bill, who is prepared to do the hard yards to obtain an engineering degree.

“I’m really pleased to hear Bill say he would like to live and work back in a regional area when he graduates,” Mr Wallin said.

“That’s why we launched the scholarship, because we want to encourage students living in country areas to pursue a tertiary education and bring their skills, and perhaps eventually their families, back to regional Queensland.”

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

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