High honour: QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake awards former Scots PGC College student Madeline Driver a $24,000 QUT scholarship.
High honour: QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake awards former Scots PGC College student Madeline Driver a $24,000 QUT scholarship.

Flying start to university study

FORMER Scots PGC College student Madeline Driver is among 116 high-achieving students whose university career has had a flying start thanks to a prestigious Queensland University of Technology Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship.

The scholarships recognise students who receive an OP of one or two and have excelled in leadership, community service and extracurricular activities.

Ms Driver is embarking on a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiation Technology) and was awarded a $24,000 scholarship.

QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake awarded 61 full scholarships and five elite athlete scholarships this year, each worth $24,000 to $6000 for each year of the recipient’s four-year degree – and 50 part scholarships worth $6000 each. VC Scholars also have access to programs to enhance their study. They undertake extra modules to develop their leadership or entrepreneurship skills. In the final year of their degree they can also be matched with an industry mentor who can guide you and encourage them in their field.

Prof Coaldrake met the young scholars and presented them with their scholarships during a special function at the university’s Gardens Point campus in Brisbane.

This year’s VC Scholars came from across Queensland, ranging from Cairns to the Sunshine Coast, and three from New South Wales.

Several schools produced more than one VC scholar, including AB Paterson College, Marist College Ashgrove, Ormiston College and St Rita’s College, who all have four.

Applications for the 2011 scholarships close on November 26. Year 12 students interested in applying for a VC Scholarship should visit www.scholarships.qut.edu.au.



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