Education Bursaries

GWQ SC presents bursaries to women students at USC on an annual basis.

The application process for undergraduate bursaries is channelled through the Scholarships Office of USC.
Selection process is managed by a branch committee, according to established guidelines

Since 1996, our branch has given bursaries to female students from the University of the Sunshine Coast(USC) to assist them to further their studies. Money has been raised from donations, fundraising activities and in earlier years from gowning graduates of USC. Sadly this contract was lost a few years ago.

Norma McMichael, our branch historian writes that this year the Sunshine Coast Branch will have awarded $150,000 in bursaries to assist women students with their education. This year the Refugee Committee will also award their first tertiary bursary of $1,500, and since 2005 their $250 awards to Milpera students total $13,500.

Sally Chandler’s “Closing the Gap” bursary raised from her paintings is soon to be awarded to an indigenous student.

The annual Bursary Award breakfast could not be held this year due to COVID 19 but a smaller gathering was arranged to award 3 bursaries of $1,500 to the following outstanding USC students.

We congratulate all of our Bursary recipients!

2020 USC Bursary Recipients

bursay winners 2020
Kristy, Madeline and Tiffany with their bursary certificates

Kristy Benson is a midwifery student with a GPA of 7, reflecting her deep passion for this field of study. She lives at Hervey Bay and makes a weekly six- hour round trip to the Sippy Downs campus for lectures.

Madeline Foster is studying Medical Science, a relatively new course at USC, which will lead her to medical studies at SCUH.

Tiffany Stevenson is a business student at the Gympie campus of USC. She has achieved a GPA of 6.9 and has really found her niche in the area of marketing and communication.

bursay winners 2018
Sara Saeidi

Sara is the winner of the $1,500 bursary from the 2017 Queensland Community Service Award.
Sara is studying Diploma of Nursing at the Mater Hospital, Brisbane. She spoke eloquently about her family background and her aspirations for future study.

bursay winners 2018
USC Undergraduate Bursary Winners, 2018
Asha Sara, Nicole Lambert, Melissa Bartels

bursay winner 2017
Noami Shanahan winner of the 2017 Engineering bursary, valued at $500

Summer Bateman (STEMM) received a $500 bursary to assist with entry to USC in 2018

We congratulate our 2017 Undergraduate Bursary recipients

Julie Reeves - B Environmental Management
Kate Whitaker - B Business
Eliza Berry - B Occupational Therapy (Honours)

2017 Bursary Recipients: Julie Reeves, Kate Whitaker and Eliza Berry

Left to right: Committee members Janet Sweatman and Robyn Redknap
with Bursary recipients Julie Reeves, Kate Whitaker and Eliza Berry
with two other committee members Marijke Boonstra and Committee Chair Judy Allinson


STEMM (Burnside SHS)

For further details regarding USC undergraduate scholarships and bursaries please contact:
USC Scholarships Office