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Heritage Bank Don Stevens Scholarship in Commerce

In 2016, USQ will offer one Heritage Bank Don Stevens Scholarship in Commerce.

Don Stevens was General Manager at the Darling Downs Building Society before the merger with Toowoomba Permanent Building Society that created Heritage in 1981. After the merger, he served as Secretary and General Manager at Heritage in its early days. Mr Stevens was the Chancellor at USQ for 10 years (1996–2006). The scholarship honours the significant influence Mr Stevens had in senior management at both Heritage and USQ.

Heritage’s scholarship program at USQ continues a long association between the two organisations. It is one of many ways that Heritage supports the communities in which we operate. These scholarships enhance the opportunities for young people from the region to pursue academic excellence without having to move elsewhere. Scholarships are offered in four areas – HR, Commerce, IT and marketing – reflecting key skills areas that Heritage is interested in developing. Heritage scholarships not only give financial assistance to students, but also offer the chance to do work experience at Heritage. This provides both academic and real-world training for students, and enhances their life experience and their job-readiness. The scholarship program can identify potential future employees for Heritage; however, in giving added incentives for students to choose USQ, Heritage is also supporting the prosperity of the community overall. USQ is a major contributor to the vitality and prosperity of the region. A vibrant USQ is good for the whole region, not only for the economic stimulus that the university provides, but in the contribution it makes to the skills and capacity of the region’s workforce. The scholarship partnership between Heritage and USQ delivers fantastic opportunities for students, as well as a continuing benefit to the entire region. It’s just another way that Heritage puts People first.


The scholarship will have a maximum value of $4,000.

In addition, the successful applicant may be offered professional work experience with Heritage Bank, as mutually arranged.


To be eligible applicants must:

  • be an Australian Citizen or have permanent resident status 
  • continue their studies in a degree in Business Accounting, Finance, Business Law or General Commerce in Semester 1, 2016
  • have completed a minimum of eight USQ courses 
  • be enrolled in a minimum of 3 study units in each of Semester 1 and Semester 2 
  • be studying on-campus or on-line.

Selection criteria

Applicants will:

  • submit a personal statement indicating: 
    • why they chose to study Commerce at USQ 
    • their interest in contributing to the business community 
  • have a current Grade Point Average of at least 5.5 
  • demonstrate a history of involvement in their local community.

How to apply

Complete the Scholarship Application Form Continuing USQ Students 2016 (PDF* 221KB) and post the application and all supporting documents to:

Private and Confidential
Scholarship Officer
Student Services
University of Southern Queensland
West Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview and are asked to maintain up-to-date USQ Personal Details via U Connect.

Closing date

Applications closed.

Further information

University of Southern Queensland
Phone:  1800 269 500

USQ reserves the right to alter the conditions of the Scholarship/Bursary based upon exceptional circumstances.  USQ reserves the right to not award the Scholarship/Bursary in a given year.

*This file is in Portable Document Format (PDF) which requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. A free copy of Acrobat Reader may be obtained from Adobe. Users who are unable to access information in PDF should contact Customer Relationship Management Centre, telephone 1800 269 500 to obtain this information in an alternative format.