MEMBER for Glass House Andrew Powell has opened applications for his annual Joyce Newton OAM Memorial Bursary, which was established in 2019.
Mr Powell said the electorate of Glass House included numerous regional and suburban areas and for many school leavers it was often necessary to travel, or move, to major centres to access further education after completing year 12.
“In recognition of this need, and to support students who wish to further their qualifications, I have developed the Joyce Newton OAM Memorial Bursary for year 12 school leavers who live in the electorate of Glass House and plan on pursuing further study,” Mr Powell said.
“The bursary is in honour of my good friend and community advocate Joyce Newton who sadly passed away in 2018 of motor neurone disease”.
The bursary is designed to provide financial assistance to help school leavers with the costs associated with moving to their place of learning and for the purchase of books, IT, trade tools and/or other necessary requirements. The bursary covers further education at university, TAFE, a trade or for any other training qualification.
The bursary is a $1,000 gift voucher for the winner at either Concept IT or Mitre 10 (including GST). One successful application will be chosen in November.
“The winning applicant and their immediate family will also be invited to dinner at Queensland Parliament with me and Joyce’s daughter, Jennifer Tunley,” Mr Powell said.
Applications are open until Friday, August 27. Student applicants must provide their name, address, best contact phone number and school attended. Applicants must also answer the following questions:
• Achievements at school (academic, community, sporting and other)
• The study you wish to undertake in 2022 and where the study is based
• Why you want to undertake this study
• How a bursary will assist you to undertake this study
• What Joyce Newton contributed to her community
Applications can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to PO Box 727 Maleny 4552.
While bursary applicants must live in the electorate, they can attend a school outside the Glass House electorate area.
Photo: Andrew Powell with last year’s winner Ebony King (in blue) and her mum Jade King, and Joyce’s daughter Jennifer Tunley