Arrow Energy Media | 28 November 2012
Arrow Energy has announced a two-year $780,000 commitment to provide Indigenous scholarships at all six Queensland-based universities.
The commitment is spread between $222,000 of tertiary scholarships and $168,000 of associated support programs each year, for scholarships offered at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Queensland University of Technology, CQUniversity, Griffith University, University of Queensland and James Cook University.
Arrow CEO Andrew Faulkner says the 25 scholarships being offered under the statewide educational partnership underlined Arrow’s commitment to improving the education of Indigenous students.
University completion rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are significantly below that of non-Indigenous students. The scholarships are designed to address this imbalance by removing some of the barriers that might discourage high school students from progressing to higher education. This is a complete educational package that also includes mentoring, tutoring and peer support networks so students have the best support to achieve their goals.
The new scholarships are:
- University of Southern Queensland: two engineering and one education scholarship; an Indigenous mentor for the scholarship students; a school-based component to encourage students into engineering and education; and support for the DARE (Dream Aspire Reach Experience) program which supports and motivates Indigenous young people in regional, rural and remote communities in southern Queensland to take up and sustain tertiary study.
- Central Queensland University: two scholarships for students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Co-op) / Diploma of Professional Practice; two scholarships in energy related disciplines including engineering, geology, environment, health and safety and law; two scholarships in any tertiary program; support for EQIP (Education Queensland & Industry Partnership) Gladstone to help students become work ready.
- James Cook University: two scholarships in energy-related disciplines; one scholarship in any tertiary program; a supporting school-based component to increase the number of high school students from the Bowen basin applying to and enrolling at university.
- University of Queensland: two scholarships in energy-related disciplines; two scholarships in any tertiary program; and the First Year Indigenous Science Student Support Program to help up to 50 first year students entering into science-based degree programs understand the demands of university study, and develop the study habits and discipline required for successful outcomes.
- Queensland University of Technology: four scholarships in energy-related disciplines; two scholarships in any tertiary program; support for the Go Further! QUT Experience program to encourage interest in tertiary education amongst Indigenous high school students.
- Griffith University: two scholarships for students in energy-related disciplines; one scholarship in any tertiary program; support for the Hands Up! Tertiary Preparation Program which supports commencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to adapt to university life and improve their academic skills.