As one of the most accessible and inclusive universities in Australia, USQ has some of the highest rates of disadvantaged students in the country. The USQ Student Endowment Fund was established to provide an ongoing source of financial support for students, regardless of their background, location or stage in life.
The Fund offers a smart and sustainable way to finance scholarships, bursaries, prizes and grants in perpetuity. The principal remains in the fund, earning a steady, reliable income, while the income earned provides bursaries and scholarships for students on an annual basis.
The University has committed $5 million to the Fund and will provide up to a further $10 million to match private donations to the fund on a dollar-for-dollar basis in its first three years (total commitment of $15 million).
More scholarships will become available as the Fund grows.
While every gift, no matter its size, makes a difference, a major gift to the USQ Student Endowment Fund makes a profound impact. The University accepts major gifts such as art and real estate, which can be sold with the proceeds going into the Fund.
A major component of a nursing student’s contact hours are devoted to clinical practice in various health facilities, often in rural and remote locations. Students are usually unable to earn income whilst away, and often pay for their own accommodation, meals and travel costs, increasing their financial pressure.
Since 2010, the USQ Nursing Clinical Placement Fund has helped nursing students to cover the costs associated with completing rural and remote clinical placements.
Making a donation
Anyone in Australia or overseas can donate to the USQ Student Endowment Fund. Donations greater than $2 may be tax deductible for anyone subject to Australian Taxation Law.