Springfield Land Corporation has announced the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is now accepting submissions for the latest round of Sinnathamby scholarships, valued at more than $30,000.
The Sinnathamby Commencing and Continuing scholarships are open to USQ students enrolled in a full-time Bachelors degree course at the Springfield campus in 2011.
Springfield Land Corporation Chairman Maha Sinnathamby said last year’s scholarship recipients Trudy Johnson and Warwick Marsh now had the freedom to reach their full potential at university without being hindered by a significant education debt.
“Through the scholarship program we provided these two students with the opportunity to receive a high-quality education in a supportive environment,” Mr Sinnathamby said.
“I was considering just a straight law degree but when I won the scholarship I decided to add commerce to my studies to broaden my career options when I graduate,” Ms Johnson said.
USQ law student Rebecca Zahir was the winner of the 2009 Sinnathamby scholarship and she said it had made a positive difference to her university experience.
“The atmosphere and opportunities that come with living and studying at Education City made it an ideal place to start my university career,” Ms Zahir said.
Mr Sinnathamby said the scholarships celebrated Springfield’s Education City philosophy of lifelong learning and supported the education and development of its youth community.
“Our passionate commitment to education has long been the cornerstone of Greater Springfield. It’s linked to everything we do, which is why we are very proud of our scholarship program,” he said.
Education City is an 18-hectare precinct which brings together education, training and learning providers in one location. The unique campus, which will eventually house up to 10,000 students, provides the full spectrum of education from primary school through to university and post-graduate education.
“USQ is a young, dynamic university which is very similar to the Greater Springfield community so it is the perfect fit for us and our education vision,” he said.
“Through the Commencing Scholarship, valued at more than $20,000, we are able to give a helping hand to a student who can’t afford to pay for a university education.
“The Continuing Scholarship, valued at more than $15,000, allows us to recognise and reward an existing USQ student who has achieved high academic results and contributed to the vibrant campus lifestyle.
“The most rewarding aspect of this process is knowing we are able to make a difference in the life of a student who, armed with a stellar education, will have the ability to achieve their dream whether it is in business, the arts, science or law.”
Mr Sinnathamby and Springfield Land Corporation’s Managing Director, Bob Sharpless, established the Sinnathamby Scholarship with USQ in 2007.
The submissions period closes on Friday 29 October. Winners will be notified on Thursday 23 December 2010.
For more information please visit http://www.usq.edu.au/scholarships/
Nadine Pobar, Springfield Land Corporation ph: 07 3819 9902 or 0415 224 272
Lisa O’Donnell, Sequel Communications ph: 07 3251 8142 or 0403 090 913