Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz wants to see the region’s economy boosted by bringing more University students to local campuses, on scholarships being provided by the Federal Liberal National Government.
Mr Buchholz is urging regional education providers, such as Universities and Registered Training Organisation’s to apply for funding to deliver scholarships through their institution, under the next round of Destination Australia funding.
“Under round two of this program, the Australian Government is offering $15,000 per scholarship with 250 scholarships available.
“That’s available to get students to study in rural and regional areas, such as the Lockyer Valley, at proud institutions such as the Gatton campus of the University of Queensland.
Mr Buchholz said the Lockyer Valley was a great place to live and he was keen to see more people make the Lockyer their home, place of work or learning.
“By providing these scholarships, we’re encouraging young people from the capital cities to get out into the regions, support local businesses and increase economic activity.
“I am confident that those who come to study here will want to stay and only say good things and spread a wonderful message about the Lockyer! How can you not want, after enjoying the beautiful surroundings, fresh air, great local businesses and of course, the community and sporting clubs.
“Last year, under round one of the Destination Australia scholarships program, forty scholarships were offered to support regional tertiary education, bringing new people to the Lockyer Valley, to learn, live and enjoy,” Mr Buchholz said.
Professor Melissa Brown, Executive Dean of UQ’s Faculty of Science, said the Destination Australia program was good for regional education.
“We are delighted to be able to award 40 Destination Australia Scholarships to students who are studying at the UQ Gatton campus. The scholarships support students who might otherwise be unable to live and study at Gatton.
“The applicants were chosen on academic merit and on their commitment to engaging with rural people and places.
“It’s so exciting to see the government investing in vibrant rural communities like the Lockyer Valley. UQ is glad to be part of this initiative. ”
Vocational education providers and universities can apply to offer scholarships of up to $15,000 a student per year from 2021, for students undertaking qualifications from a Certificate IV through to PhD.
Mr Buchholz added that there was life on the other side of the current coronavirus pandemic and bringing people to the region would play a vital role in the economic recovery.
Tertiary education providers should check their eligibility and apply via the Community Grants Hub. Applications close on 7 July. Students can apply directly to institutions.
For more information, visit www.education.gov.au/destination-australia.
Mr Buchholz – Scott O’Connell 0413 424 384
Professor Brown – Dominic Jarvis 0413 334 924