Female students in Brisbane who identify as LGBTIQ are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant to aid their studies.
The bursary is sponsored by Central Ward Councillor Vicki Howard and focusses on female students living in the Brisbane City Council area and who identify with the LGBTIQ community.
It’s one of 33 grants on offer from the National Council of Women of Queensland Inc’s (NCWQ) annual bursary program, now in its 10th year of supporting female students at all levels from Year 12 to PhD level.
Cr Howard said she started sponsoring the NCWQ bursary because she’s “committed to empowering locals so they can continue developing their skills and knowledge to help the community.”
“I stand for inclusion and a socially cohesive and connected city, where people show willing friendship and compassion – the bursary does just that,” she said.
“Past recipients have been exemplary role models, empowering young women throughout Brisbane and I look forward to seeing the high calibre of applicants this year.”
The eligible student will be aged 16-24, live in the Brisbane City Council area, be enrolled in high school or tertiary studies, and identify as LGBTIQ.
The student will also be able to demonstrate their work in empowering your communities in your educational institution or wider networks.
In addition to the $1,000, the bursary will facilitate a mentoring program with Cr Vicki Howard and youth entrepreneur and LGBTIQ activist Elise Stephenson.
Previous year’s recipients have included Eithandee Aung, who completed her Master of International Public Health with dissertation research surrounding HIV testing knowledge, attitudes and behaviour; and Sarah Wyche, a University of Queensland Medical undergraduate hoping to specialise in reproductive technologies for same-sex couples and improving sexual health education.