Student Opportunities


The Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) is proud to showcase the production of Mary Poppins – 2021 Music Theatre Summer School Workshop.

The Summer Spectacular offers performers the opportunity to hone their theatre skills in an intensive, one week program under the guidance of a professional music theatre director and award-winning staff from the CQCM.

Please register before Friday, 20 November 2020 to save $50 on registration costs.


University Opportunities

Start QUT 

START QUT gives you the best chance of finding a course you’ll enjoy by trying out university subjects while you’re in:

  • Year 12
  • Semester 2 of Year 11.

You can trial potential study areas, experience the university lifestyle and learn about the differences between high school and university. You’ll be part of the student community and attend lectures, tutorials or workshops with other QUT students.

Get the real QUT experience and set yourself up for future success.


University of Queensland

Enhanced Studies Program, UQ  

Students currently completing Year 11 (in the year of application), in all Queensland state and non-government high schools and colleges1, including on-shore international students and students studying the Diploma of the International Baccalaureate who:

  • are high academic achievers gaining at least a ‘B’ cumulative average (or equivalent)2,3 during Semester 1, Year 11, and
  • can participate in ESP during first semester of Year 12, and
  • are confident the extra study will not negatively impact their Year 12 studies, and
  • have gained support and permission from their parent/guardian and their school to take on the additional workload.

Students can only complete one ESP course with UQ.

To determine if ESP is right for you, refer to the 2020 ESP Rules and Guidelines and the frequently asked questions.



SUN Program, CQUniversity

Start Uni Now (SUN) is a CQUniversity initiative that allows students in Year 10*, 11 and 12 to study CQUniversity units whilst still in high school. A ‘unit’ is the word used to describe something similar to your school subjects.

You can enrol in a range of CQUniversity units, either on-campus (face-to-face) or by online study (online), and combine them with your regular high school work.

*Year 10 students are eligible for Term 3 (November) intake only.


Griffith University

Students will have 24/7 access to dynamic virtual study booths, information and on-demand presentations. Plus, each week, we’ll shine the spotlight on a different study area, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday, 4-6 pm. Our GriffithLIVE sessions will feature one-on-one chats with study area experts, live webinars, virtual classes and more. For further information and to register your interest please refer to the following web page

Guests At-School, Griffith

GUESTS At-School is an excellent opportunity for motivated senior high school students to experience Griffith University by undertaking up to two courses (subjects) while completing Years 11 and 12. With study options in the sciences and health, courses align with the senior school curriculum and can provide credit transfer toward related Griffith degrees.


Scholarships and Awards

CSIRO STEM Scholarships 

The NCMI Indigenous Scholarship Program (NISP) is an initiative of the CSIRO National Collections and Marine Infrastructure (NCMI) Business Unit to enhance the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The program offers opportunities to promising tertiary students in several scientific, engineering and business-related disciplines.

Atlas of Living Australia

Location: Black Mountain, Canberra ACT (however a flexible working arrangement may be possible)

Two positions available for second or third year STEM undergraduate students who can demonstrate sound understanding of data and programing to join the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) for 10 weeks in the summer vacation break.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to directly liaise with current ALA data providers, which include national leading research entities and researchers, various levels of government bodies, and citizen science organisations.

To apply go to – NCMI Indigenous Scholarship Program – Atlas of Living Australia


7 News Young Achiever Awards – Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award  

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are using their own stories and life experiences to give back to their communities. These passionate and dedicated young Indigenous people are strong role models and are making a real difference. The Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award acknowledges and celebrates the commitment of these young people in achieving excellence.

  • What contributions have you made to your local community and the wider community?
  • How have these contributions and achievements benefited the community? (ie: improvements in physical, emotional, intellectual and/or spiritual wellbeing)
  • Have you been a leader or a role model in the community? If so, how has your role benefited your community?
  • How has your education, training and/or employment (if applicable) enabled you give back to your community?
  • What successes and cultural achievements have you had?
  • Outline any barriers you have had to overcome.
  • What are your plans and goals for the future?
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.


QCoal Scholarship (James Cook University)

The QCoal Foundation is proud to partner with James Cook University (JCU) to provide the QCoal Foundation Scholarship.

This scholarship is for students who are preparing to study at JCU and enrolled in the first or second year of Geology or Earth Science undergraduate course, or the first year of any other undergraduate course. Applicants must also be currently living in, or have relocated from an outer regional, remote or very remote area of Queensland and be an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian Permanent visa.

Recipients will receive $10,000 each year to help them through three years of study.

Scholarship applications open on 1 October 2020, and close on 15 January 2021.  See Mrs Copping for more information.


Lowth Geology Scholarship (University of Queensland)

New in 2021 – Lowth Geology Scholarship – Apply Now

Study a Bachelor of Science or Advanced Science in Earth Sciences to shape the future of Australia’s water, earth and mineral resources for communities and business.

The Scholarship provides a minimum of $20,000 per year to assist with tuition fees, books and study expenses, accommodation or basic living expenses. A range of personal and academic support services are available to help you get started at university. Vacation work experience may also be offered to complement your studies at the University of Queensland in 2021. Applications close on November 30.

Students must demonstrate financial need and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students are particularly encouraged to apply.  Application Form.


Aspiring Teacher Grants 2021

Are you a high achieving school leaver, interested in becoming a teacher? If you are, financial assistance is available to support you to kick start your teaching career.

A one-off cash payment of $2,500 (general category) or $5,000 (rural/remote category) is paid if you meet the academic and residential criteria.  Payments are aimed at assisting with study-related expenses in commencing university.


Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships 2021, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only

Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and aspire to be a teacher in a Queensland state school?

  • Financial assistance with four scholarship categories, valued up to $20,000 (before tax) being offered in 2021
  • Opportunity to secure permanent employment as a teacher in a Queensland state school after graduation
  • Access to departmental resources, information and support to prepare for your professional experience placement
  • Access to departmental, school, local community and regional networks


2021 Lambert McBride Perpetual Bursary, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only

This Bursary will provide the opportunity for one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander tertiary student studying in any field at a Queensland higher education institution, a one-off grant of $5,000 to assist with study expenses.

The Bursary is named in honour of the late Lambert McBride – an Aboriginal advocate and lobbyist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights in Queensland. Mr McBride believed in the value of education for progress. The Bursary provides the opportunity for one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander tertiary student to continue Mr McBride’s legacy through their personal commitment and contribution within their local community.

About You

You must:

  • Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Be able to provide evidence of having completed (or about to complete) your first or second year of study in any field at a Queensland higher education institution in 2020


TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarships 2021

Are you an outstanding leader in your school and community? Financial assistance of up to $10,000 is available to support high achieving Year 12 school leavers, who are pursuing tertiary studies.

Each year, the Queensland Department of Education awards:

  • up to 10 TJ Ryan Memorial Medalists:
    • a scholarship of up to $10,000 over five years
    • a medallion and a certificate of recognition
  • up to 5 TJ Ryan Highly Commended awards:
    • a one off cash payment of $1,000
    • a certificate of recognition
  • Up to 20 TJ Ryan Merit awards:
    • a Certificate of Merit.

Nominees must:

  • be an Australian citizen, a New Zealand Special Category visa holder, or have permanent residency status in Australia
  • successfully complete Year 12 at a Queensland state or non-state school in 2020
  • be applying for and accepting entry into a recognized Higher Education Institution undergraduate degree program for commencement in Semester 1, 2021
  • have the School Principal’s endorsement.


Music Industry College (MIC) Scholarship

Music Industry College (MIC) have also announced that they are offering two full scholarships for any current Year 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are passionate about pursuing a career in the music industry across Years 11 and 12.  The MIC Scholarship is open to performers as well as students interested in off stage careers (sound, recording etc.).  The MIC scholarship will include tuition fees, travel to and from the student’s home (if coming from a regional or remote area) and some living expenses.  Interested applicants can contact MIC directly via or via 0738523074. MIC’s website is


The 2021 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships open on Monday 7 December and close on Friday 8 January 2021.

C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships are one of the most generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate students in Australia. Each residential scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 over three years. The scholarships are available to all Australian students. The majority have been awarded to students entering their first year of university studies.

Selection is largely based on personal qualities and demonstrated leadership as well as academic ability. Undergraduate Hawker Scholars are able to attend a range of Australian educational institutions.

The Charles Hawker Scholarship perpetuates the memory of scholar, soldier and pastoralist Charles Allan Seymour Hawker and commemorates the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected statesmen. 


Scholarships for Term 2 2020 at CQUniversity 

BHP Scholarship for Indigenous Students $40 000

CQID Scholarship $5000


2020 Gallipoli Descendant Scholarship

Calling all ANZAC descendants we have $6000 Gallipoli Scholarships available for first year 2020 Uni and TAFE students. Open to direct descendants of WW1, WW2 and the Korean War. Plus, Australian service men and women serving in Malaya and Indonesia between 1948-1966