Students looking for a monetary boost towards their studies will have from now until September to apply for the Bundaberg Region Youth Scholarship Awards.
Officially launched this week, the program is overseen by an Advisory Group made up of representatives from Youth Services Bundaberg, Link & Launch, CQUniversity and Bundaberg Regional Council.
The program provides financial support for youth passionate about continuing their education and is funded in-part by the Queensland Child Protection Week Committee.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the merit-based scholarships would be awarded to six recipients (between the ages of 15 to 24), selected annually from a pool of nominations from across the region.
“These scholarship awards are to be used for continued education or training and help to support social and economic development by enabling our young people to grow, learn, and prosper within our community,” he said.
“The launch event was a great way to present this program to the community and to encourage businesses and organisations to get involved.
“There was a lot of goodwill in the room, with those present now going back to their organisations to see how they can best support the Youth Scholarship Awards.”
Bundaberg Region Youth Services' Viki Hannah said the launch of BRYSA was very successful and now, the focus would be on calling for applicant nominations.
“We are seeking nomination for recipients to be assisted both financially and with mentor support,” she said.
“The program is a collaboration between Council and the community, with businesses and organisations recognising the potential of our local young people and walk beside them as they reach their learning goals.”
How to get involved:
There are two ways people can get involved – by nominating someone for the awards or by supporting the awards (either cash or in-kind contributions).
Young people can also nominate themselves.
Scholarships, in the amount of $2,000 per student award, are available each calendar year for the following categories:
- Two recipients beginning (or continuing) university studies
- Two recipients beginning (or continuing) vocational education and training (VET) courses
- Two recipients beginning (or continuing) apprenticeships or traineeships
To submit a nomination or find out how you can contribute to the Bundaberg Region Youth Scholarship Awards, visit https://www.ourbundabergregion.com.au/youth-scholarship.