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USQ scholarship recipient aims sky high

USQ Aviation student Ethan Purdon says receiving the Chancellor's Scholarship was a major factor as to why he chose to study ta USQ.

Even before he arrived on campus, Ethan Purdon’s university journey got off to a flying start.

The Tamborine Mountain State High School OP2 student and aspiring pilot was the recipient of a USQ Chancellor’s Scholarship, valued up to $29,000.

Launched last year, the new range of scholarships offer automatic scholarships to school leavers who gained an OP 1-8 and put USQ first on QTAC.

Ethan said the funding would help make it easier for him to settle in to campus life at Springfield.

“Receiving the Chancellor’s Scholarship was an awesome surprise and a major factor as to why I chose USQ,” he said.

“It will help cover some of the day-to-day costs of living away from home and allow me more time to find my feet at university.”

Ethan is enjoying his first week at USQ Springfield, taking part in orientation activities before he starts a Bachelor of Aviation next week.

While he has been obsessed with planes and flying since he was a boy, he said going to university to study aviation wasn’t on the cards until last year.

“I was determined to head down the aviation path, and after doing some research and reaching out to people for advice, I knew the best thing for me was to get a degree,” he said.

“USQ is one of only a couple of unis that teach aviation in Queensland, so I’m very fortunate I don’t have to move far from home to study what I love.

“I’m looking forward to meeting other students in the course who are just as passionate about aviation as I am.”

There has never been as many opportunities for budding pilots with the industry facing a global shortage of pilots, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ethan said becoming a commercial pilot would be a huge thrill, but he would also jump at the chance to fly for a regional airline and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

There is still time to apply to study at USQ in Semester 1. Applications close on March 6.

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Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient Ethan Purdon enjoying orientation week at USQ Springfield.