USQ Student Awards

Recognising student excellence.

The USQ student awards are university wide recognising outstanding achievement and student contribution to the community and the University. You can nominate yourself or someone you know for an award. These awards include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Service Award
  • All Rounder Award
  • Australian University Sport Most Valuable Player (MVP)
  • Community Service Award
  • Highest Achieving USQ Club
  • Multicultural Community Service Award
  • Sportsman of the Year
  • Sportswoman of the Year
  • Student Representative of the Year
  • Unsung Hero Award

To be eligible for an award, each nominee must have a passing GPA of 4.0.

Nominations will open from 25 June and close 24 August 2018. Please ensure you read the nomination criteria (PDF 79KB) before you submit an application.

To nominate, visit the Online Nomination Form.


“The Student Awards really showcased my volunteering and set me out from the crowd of other applicants who all had the same university degree.” 
Kate Lack (2015/16 Award Winner)

 2017 Award Winners

2017 USQ Student Awards winners

Martelle Ford USQ All Rounder and Community Service Awards - Martelle has been an active participant in USQ programs such as the Mentoring Program and Headstrong Program. She has volunteered her time with Career Employment Australia, Wesley Mission Brisbane STARH project (Supporting Those at Risk of Homelessness), St Johns Ambulance Queensland and Lifeline. Not only this but, she has also maintained a very high GPA as an Honours Psychology student. Martelle regularly donates blood and plasma with the Australian Red Cross Service, is a Crisis Support Worker at Lifeline and is a Silver Cord Reassurance Caller with St Johns Ambulance. She also volunteers her time with Career Employment Australia and Wesley Mission Brisbane STARH project (Supporting Those at Risk of Homelessness).

Ina Mills Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Service - Ina is President of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Association and a USQ Student Ambassador. She has organised fundraising BBQ’s, is captain of the CISER Touch Football team and captained the National Indigenous University Games in Geelong.

Jacob-Hakim Oyat Student Representative of the Year - Jacob has contributed to the USQ student body as the Student Representative on the Advisory Board of Study for Business & Commerce, being an active participant in the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Future Leaders Group and being part of the USQ delegation to attend the 2017 National Student Leadership Forum.

Sheldon Boland Multicultural Community Service Award - Sheldon has supported the East Timor Shoe Box Project in order to provide educational resources to students in East Timor. He was heavily involved in promoting the Country Women’s Association International Competition which focused on Nepal. Additionally, Sheldon launched the Special Educational Needs Summit to connect educators worldwide.

Redha Alrikabi Sportsman of the Year - Redha is the coach for the Toowoomba West Wanderers soccer team. He was also chosen to coach the South West Queensland under 12A boys who went to the Gold Coast State Championship in September. His volunteer coaching is motivated by the love of soccer and the desire to help out the community.

Eden Jackat Sportswoman of the Year - Eden is a USQ Elite Athlete and was selected in the Queensland side for the 2017 National Indoor Hockey Championships. She also represented USQ at the 2017 Australian University Games at the Gold Coast. She has also traveled to America to play for the Australian Development Indoor Hockey Team.

Chinese Culture Club Highest Achieving USQ Club - The Chinese Culture Club meet every Friday evening to teach Mandarin, give presentations about Chinese Culture and play Mahjong. They also host events such as the Chinese New Year celebration, Mooncake festival, Spring Time BBQ, autumn picnic gathering, welcoming and farewell parties for Chinese students and visiting scholars.

Marlene Monteith Unsung Hero Award - Marlene has been a Phoenix Leader, Meet Up and LAMP leader, Peer Mentor Leader for the Phoenix Lifelong Learners program, Treasurer of the Student Representative Council, President of the Student Nurses Club, Board member of the Student Guild and Undergraduate Representative on the School of Nursing and Midwifery Board. She has also volunteered her time at USQ events such as Orientation and Open Days.

Nicole Maynard Australian University Sport Most Valuable Player - Nicole is a USQ Elite Athlete studying a Bachelor of Education majoring in Sport, Health and Physical Education. At the most recent Australian University Games, Nicole received a Bronze in the 400m and long jump. She also received gold in the 400m hurdles.

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