By Jocelyn Watts
When a young dad received a laptop under a USQ scholarship program he was thrilled – it meant he could finish his university studies. With limited income and two children under eight years of age, he hadn’t been able to afford the purchase.
This is just one example of the many ways USQ helps students with its diverse range of scholarships on offer, USQ Student Equity and Disability Manager Phillip Eastment said as he addressed 15 school representatives attending the 2013 Guidance Officer Day at the Fraser Coast campus on Wednesday (May 22).
Mr Eastment said it was particularly important that people in low socio-economic regions such as Wide Bay knew USQ scholarships were available and he urged the guidance officers to encourage all their students to apply for every USQ scholarship for which they were eligible.
“USQ has a diverse range of scholarships available for high academic achievers, pro-active students and equity groups including low socio-economic people, Indigenous Australians and those in non-traditional careers such as women in engineering and men in nursing.”
As well as urging guidance officers to spread information about scholarship opportunities, Mr Eastment also encouraged them to ensure students with disabilities knew to register with the Disabilities Resource Team.
“Whatever the disability, we can find a way to help,” he said.
“A student with diabetes might think he can manage on his own but exam times can be stressful and if an episode happens during an exam, it could end what the student has spent a year preparing for.
“If the exam supervisor knows a diabetic student is sitting an exam, he or she can have lollies on hand so the student’s opportunity for a successful outcome is not destroyed.”
USQ Fraser Coast school liaison officer Carly Ryder said sessions held during Guidance Officers Day were designed to better equip officers to advise and support students with their future career choices and the current issues faced by those students.
Information was shared on the arts, sciences, education, engineering and business programs as well as pathways, counselling, admissions and QTAC, the new Associate Degree of Engineering and Construction at USQ Fraser Coast 2014 and the Smart Steps Program. Lecturer Sharon Louth also talked about her research project, Indigenous Perspectives and Co-operative Learning.
Fraser Coast Schools attending the 2013 Guidance Officer Day were Xavier Catholic College, Urangan State High School, St Mary’s Catholic College, St James Lutheran College, Maryborough State High School, Aldridge State High School, Hervey Bay State High School, Riverside Christian College and Wide Bay Institute of TAFE.
For information about USQ scholarships and how to apply, log onto http://www.usq.edu.au/scholarshipsCaption: USQ Student Equity and Disability Manager Phillip Eastment (centre) shares scholarship information with Urangan State High School guidance officers Mannly Dubroy and Julie Franklin. Photos: JOCELYN WATTS