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Sister Elizabeth Kenny Scholarship

In 2018, USQ will offer one Sister Elizabeth Kenny Scholarship.

Elizabeth Kenny was born in Warialda in NSW in 1880. Moving to Queensland, she became a bush nurse, travelling through the Outback, treating anyone who couldn’t get to a doctor. Before World War I she set up a cottage hospital at Clifton in Queensland. With no formal training as a nurse, Sister Kenny became one of Australia’s most famous therapists and helped thousands of people around the world. Her treatment helped polio patients and those with cerebral palsy by using hot baths and encouraging movement.

In 1940, Sister Kenny travelled to the United States where she was given almost instant celebrity status. In 1942, the Sister Kenny Institute was established in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1943 "And They Shall Walk: The Life Story of Sister Elizabeth Kenny" was written by Martha Ostenso, in collaboration with Sister Elizabeth Kenny, while in 1946, the biographical film "Sister Kenny", starring Rosalind Russell, was released. Suffering from Parkinson’s disease, she retired to Toowoomba in 1951 and passed away on 30 November 1952. She is buried at Nobby, where there is a dedicated museum in her honour.

The scholarship was initiated by the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Memorial Fund (SEKMF) and has been supported through the SEKMF's generous donation for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to nursing students interested in rural and remote nursing opportunities.


The scholarship will have a maximum value of $5000.


To be eligible applicants must:

  • be an Australian Citizen or have permanent resident status 
  • continue their studies in a Bachelor of Nursing in Semester 1 2018
  • be entering into the second or third year of their degree 
  • be enrolled in a minimum of 3 study units in each of Semester 1 and Semester 2 
  • be studying on-campus, external or online
  • be attending a clinical placement in a rural or remote area in 2018.

Selection criteria

Applicants must:

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.

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