Scholarships Support Local Women
More women could be on building sites or operating heavy machinery, with scholarships giving them the right qualifications to move into traditionally male dominated industries.
Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich said the Queensland Government’s Supporting Women Scholarships applications for the 2015 academic year would help further learning and career opportunities for local women.
“The LNP Government is creating opportunities for Queenslanders by growing a four pillar economy and the scholarships are an important part of our election promise,” he said.
“The Supporting Women’s Scholarships offer women of all ages and backgrounds up to $20,000 to pursue study or training.
“The scholarship can be used for a variety of study-related expenses such as fees, textbooks and course materials.
State Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg said “I encourage local women to apply, whether they are leaving school, returning to the workforce or changing career.”
“Since the program’s 2013 launch, 246 Queensland women had received more than $4 million to support their training or study.”
“Last year we had local ladies from Albany Creek, Eatons Hill and Narangba all receive the Scholarship.”
Gemma Henry from Narangba is studying a Bachelor of Engineering at University of Queensland and said it was a last minute decision to apply.
“I was so thrilled when I was successful and have been very grateful for the assistance this Scholarship has given me.”
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said a highly skilled and motivated workforce was important for Queensland to build a stronger economy.
“Supporting Women Scholarships aim to increase the role of women in agricultural and environmental studies, architecture and building, engineering, earth sciences and information technology,” Mr Langbroek said.
“We’re working closely with business to ensure Queenslanders have the right skills and training to get a job.
Recipients are provided up to $5,000 each year (for full time study) for vocational education and training, undergraduate degrees and post graduate qualifications.
Applications for the 2015 academic year are open until 10 October 2014.
For more information about the Supporting Women Scholarships program, visit www.supportingwomen.qld.gov.au