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Felicity Purcell Nursing Bursary

In 2017, USQ will offer one Felicity Purcell Nursing Bursary.

Felicity Purcell was a nursing student at USQ, graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing in 1994. Well trained and committed, she had a very successful career; first as a paediatric nurse in major public hospitals, and then in the broader medical field both here and overseas, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry where she was widely respected. Following the detection of the early symptoms of breast cancer, Felicity underwent the best medical treatment available, however, sadly, her breast cancer advanced, and she died at 33 years of age in 2008.

This bursary promotes the very best traditions of nursing’s ethos of care for others, as embodied by Felicity Purcell. Specifically, it provides financial assistance to a nursing student who, like Felicity, comes from a rural or remote background.


The bursary will have a maximum value of $2 500.



To be eligible applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status 
  • be from a rural area within Queensland 
  • commence or continue their studies in a Bachelor of Nursing in Semester 1, 2017
  • be enrolled in a minimum of 3 study units in each of Semester 1 and Semester 2 
  • be studying on-campus, external or online.

Selection criteria

Applicants must:

  • provide evidence of academic achievement, e.g. high school report card or post-secondary academic history, as applicable 
  • provide evidence to show they have originated from a rural or remote area 
  • demonstrate a strong interest and desire to practise nursing in regional and remote Queensland 
  • provide evidence of financial hardship. Please refer to "Frequently asked questions - What documents should I attach to show financial hardship?

How to apply

Applicants may be required for an interview and are asked to maintain up-to-date USQ Personal Details via UConnect.

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.

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