Big academic grant on offer to queer female student in Brisbane

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Female students in Brisbane who identify as LGBTIQ are now eligible to apply for a $1,100 grant to aid their studies.

Central Ward Councillor Vicki Howard sponsors the bursary, which is available to female students within the Brisbane City Council area and who identify with the LGBTIQ community.

It’s one of 36 various academic grants on offer in the National Council of Women of Queensland’s (NCWQ) annual bursary program.

Every year since 2009, the bursaries on offer have supported over 200 female students at all levels, from Year 12 all the way to PhD level.

Cr Howard has sponsored her NCWQ bursary for many years “to empower 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.

“I look forward to seeing the high calibre of applicants this year.”

Applications open to Brisbane student aged 16-24

The eligible high school or tertiary student, aged 16-24, will live in the Brisbane City Council area and also identify as LGBTIQ.

The student will also be able to demonstrate their work in empowering their communities in your educational institution or wider networks, and describe their career aspirations.

Previous recipients of Cr Howard’s bursary include University of Queensland student Georgia Suttie. Suttie planned to study medicine with a goal of working with Royal Flying Doctor Service in remote and Aboriginal communities.

And Brisbane student Eithandee Aung completed her Masters of International Public Health on HIV testing knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

Another recipient was UQ medicine student Sarah Wyche. Wyche planned to specialise in reproductive technologies for same-sex couples and improving sexual health education.

Applications are open until May 23. The National Council of Women of Queensland will contact the successful recipients in the following weeks.

Find out more information on all of the bursaries at the NCWQ website here.

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