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Rachael Fontana Memorial Bursary for Steele Rudd

In 2018, USQ will offer one Rachael Fontana Memorial Bursary for Steele Rudd.

The bursary is in loving memory of Rachael Lee Fontana. Rachael was born in 1985 and attended USQ in 2004. She lived a vibrant life on-campus at Steele Rudd College where she studied her degree in a Bachelor of Visual Arts. From early childhood, Rachael’s ambition was to become a cartoonist/artist. Although she did not complete her degree, her enthusiasm and dedication to art assured that her dream was becoming a reality. Unfortunately, her ambition was destroyed by a tragic accident which claimed her and her unborn child in 2009. She was well-respected for her generosity and benevolence towards those less fortunate. She derived joy from affording pleasure to others and Toowoomba was special to her. The Bursary reflects Rachael’s joyous experiences of college life and her compassion to help others.


The bursary will have a maximum value of $2000.


Applicants must:

  • be an Australian Citizen or have permanent resident status 
  • be from a rural area within Queensland 
  • continue their studies in a bachelor degree in Semester 1 2018
  • be entering into the second, third or final year of a degree 
  • be enrolled at USQ Toowoomba 
  • be studying on-campus 
  • be living on-campus at any USQ Residential College in Toowoomba.

Selection criteria

Applicants must:

  • submit a personal statement (one page maximum) outlining: 
    • why you think you should be considered for the bursary
    • how the bursary will assist you
  • provide evidence of financial hardship.  Please refer to "Frequently asked questions - What documents should I attach to show financial hardship?"
  • have a permanent address in or have relocated to study from a rural or remote area (outer regional, remote or very remote area within Australia according to the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) - refer Doctor Connect map). 

How to apply

Complete the 2018 Scholarships Application Form - Continuing USQ Students (PDF*645KB), and post or deliver the application and all supporting documents to:

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

Applications can also be delivered to Student Services at Ipswich or Springfield Campuses.

If you are lodging multiple applications, you must complete separate application forms, each with a set of supporting documents. The Scholarships Office does not copy supporting documents. Multiple applications may be posted/delivered in the same envelope as long as they are stapled separately.

Applications will be accepted if posted on the due date (must be date stamped by Australia Post).

Applications will not be accepted via fax or email.

Closing date

Applications close at 5pm Friday 27 October 2017.

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.