Coal cash for CQUniversity

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)

Central Queensland University has announced five new scholarships for Indigenous students commencing in 2013.

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), Australia’s largest coal producer, has signed an agreement with Central Queensland (CQUniversity) which will see them invest $1.125 million over five years for up to 15 scholarships for CQUniversity students. Five of the 15 annual scholarships will be offered specifically to Indigenous students. 

Valued at $5,000 per year, the scholarships will be targeted at CQUniversity students who have links to the communities of Moranbah, Dysart, Blackwater, Emerald/Capella, Sarina/Hay Point and Gladstone. Indigenous applicants, regardless of residential address may also be considered if they can demonstrate a desire to complete a Bachelor program at CQUniversity and to contribute to the Bowen Basin upon completion.

CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Scott believes the partnership with BMA and their financial contribution will make a real difference in improved education and employment outcomes for recipients;  “CQUniversity is at the forefront of Indigenous tertiary education in Australia, with an Indigenous student population that is already double the level of national targets.”

The scholarships are designed to influence skills shortages and build capacity in key service areas of BMA’s communities. In line with this aim, scholarships will be awarded to students studying non-mining disciplines such as health, education and business for the duration of their degree programs.

In addition to the scholarships, BMA will also provide support for the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement for five years.  Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, a Murri woman from south-east Queensland, and most recently a Principal Research Fellow and Associate Professor within Queensland University of Technology, was appointed this year to the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement).

Professor Fredericks intends to build on the excellent platform already established by the University’s Nulloo Yumbah Centre for Indigenous learning, Spirituality and Research and will also pursue engagement with the central Queensland region’s numerous Indigenous communities to improve education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  

Editor’s note:

We are working with CQUniversity to list the scholarship on our website, so check again soon or contact the Prize and Scholarship Administration Officer at CQUniversity on 07 4930 9456 or email at ssc@cqu.edu.au