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Patrick Jurgens - 2020 QCoal Foundation Scholarship Recipient.

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2020 Scholarship recipient sets up his future options

The QCoal Foundation is proud to announce that the 2020 QCoal Foundation Scholarship has been awarded to former Bowen State High School student Patrick Jurgens.

Patrick, who has this year commenced his Bachelor of Advanced Science at James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville, graduated from Bowen State High School last year.

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.

This year the QCoal Foundation also chose to recognise another applicant for their academic achievement and commitment to local communities.

Samantha Russo, who is in her second year of her Geology degree at JCU, will receive a $500 bursary from the Foundation.

QCoal Foundation Chairman Christopher Wallin said the QCoal Foundation was very pleased to award this year’s scholarship to Patrick and a bursary to Samantha.

“Each year our Board is very impressed with the quality of applications from a range of disciplines and this year was no exception,” Mr Wallin said.

“We had a strong field from all across rural and regional Queensland with many applicants very clearly able to show how they plan to give back to rural and remote communities by returning to those areas to live and work after their studies.”

“The QCoal Foundation congratulates Patrick on being this year’s scholarship recipient and we look forward to tracking his progress throughout his studies. We also acknowledge Samantha’s efforts and thank all of the applicants for their interest in the Scholarship.”

The QCoal Foundation Scholarship was established in partnership with JCU in 2015 to support talented students from regional and remote communities to access tertiary study by relieving some of the additional financial burden placed on students moving from regional and remote communities.  By providing a multi-year scholarship commitment the QCoal Foundation Scholarship allows recipients to focus on their tertiary education and to give back to regional communities after graduation.  To date scholarships and bursaries have been awarded across a wide field of study including medicine, geology, veterinary science, engineering and advanced science.