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Foundation CEO Sylvia Bhatia pictured with
2019 scholarship recipient Bill Tapp.

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Applications now open for $30,000 scholarship

Year 12 students who live in regional and remote parts of Queensland are invited to apply for a $30,000 QCoal Foundation scholarship to study at James Cook University next year.

The scholarship is aimed at creating a pathway to tertiary education for high achieving students from regional and remote Queensland communities who demonstrate a passion for giving back to these communities after graduation.

The scholarship is open to students who will commence studying at James Cook University in 2020, or students who are commencing their second year in a Geology or Earth Science undergraduate course.

QCoal Foundation CEO Sylvia Bhatia said the goal of the scholarship is to encourage students from regional and remote areas to continue on to tertiary education and bring their much-needed skills back to the regions.

“At the Foundation we invest in projects that build long-term resilience in regional and remote areas, and one way to do that is to encourage young people studying at university to go back and live and work there when they graduate,”
she said.

“The reason we’re offering this scholarship in partnership with James Cook University is because JCU has one of the highest percentage of alumni who work in regional and remote areas after graduation.”

So far QCoal Foundation scholarships have been awarded to students studying medicine, veterinary science, geology and engineering. Applications close 30 January, 2020.

For more details or to apply visit