Sunshine Coast Hinterland students off to university with Federal Government

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace has congratulated two students from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland on receiving a Government-funded scholarship to assist with the costs of their tertiary education and has encouraged others to apply.

The fourth round of scholarships have been awarded under the Coalition Government’s $58.1 million Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program, with additional consideration given to those affected by bushfire and drought.

“I am committed to helping to make our region the place to be for education, employment and retirement. So I am proud to be part of a Government that is ensuring that every Australian, no matter where they live, has access to a world-class education.” Mr Wallace said.

There are two students from the Federal electorate of Fisher who have benefited from up to $18,000 towards the cost of their studies at higher education providers the Queensland University of Technology and Southern Cross University respectively. These students preferred not to be named. A further three students from other regional areas around Australia received scholarships to attend the University of the Sunshine Coast.

“It is critical to our region’s future success that if you live in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland you get the same opportunities to access higher education as those living in metropolitan areas. This financial support will help our students to do so.” he said.

“The scholarships will help ease some of the financial burden at what has been a very difficult time for many and include $500 for our local students to undertake an internship to ensure they are job-ready.”

“The Government’s Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program is open for more applications right now and we know from Round four what a great opportunity this is for students from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. So I would encourage any of our local young people about to start university or in their first year to check the requirements and get an application in right away.”

Scholarships are offered throughout 2020. For more information and to apply, visit