FROM THE PRESIDENT OF ESUQLD , Mrs Ann Garms OAM FAIM:
English Speaking Union Scholarships
In conjunction with Southbank Institute of Technology and QUT, ESUQLD has established an integrated system of pathways and scholarships for students targeting entry to university, pathways through university, postgraduate education and post-tertiary international education.
These scholarships will target students, both Australian and new Australians, rural and indigenous women, as well as aspiring students with exceptional leadership potential. ESUQLD will play an important role in each case by mentoring scholarship holders and assisting with their selection. Over time, scholarship winners will not only become part of the ESU Global community but will have their own supportive network of other Scholarship awardees with similar experiences and backgrounds.
These scholarships include
ESUQLD/QUT/Southbank Institute of Technology Indigenous Scholarship.
This scholarship, in conjunction with SBIT will provide full fee relief and financial support. It will attract targeted support and full access to our award winning QUT Business Advantage Program which covers a wide range of extracurricular personal and leadership development courses. Scholarship holders will have their own academic and professional mentors.
THE ESUQLD INTERNATIONAL AWARD.
This award provides a fully funded opportunity to attend QUT. Apart from learning and networking, scholarship holders will be strongly supported by the ESU community and will have significant ongoing opportunities through the ESU global network.
THE ESUQLD INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP. The Scholarship program will target exceptional students in Speech, Debating or Public Speaking, assisting them to travel overseas to further develop their skills.
The above joint scholarship program is very exciting and has a significant potential to grow in the level of support it attracts. In due course, we can expect to see students at each level being awarded scholarships and accompanying development and leadership opportunities.
As previously discussed, ESUQLD will collaborate with Southbank Institute of Technology to provide a full fee scholarship to a graduate of SBIT. We will also make a similar scholarship available to a student who has graduated from grade 12 and wishes to study Business. Further, ESU will have a number of equity scholarships which we will make available to indigenous students.
We have also been approached by a number of business organisations seeking to partner with us and we are holding discussions with them seeking their support to provide mentoring and internships for these scholarship holders while they are undertaking their studies at Southbank Institute of Technology and QUT. This would not only provide financial support, but equally or more importantly, help to build the confidence and network of the scholarship holders.
In my role as Deputy Chair of Southbank Institute of Technology and Patron of QUT Business Faculty Fostering Executive Women, our programmes are well established, with the selection of the 2010 Scholarship Awardees to be announced in the latter part of 2010.
Ann Garms OAM FAIM
President ESU QLD