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At CQUniversity, it’s our belief that every single person deserves to further themselves through education. Regardless of background. Regardless of circumstance.

We are proud to have the highest ratio of students who are first-in-family, Indigenous, low socioeconomic, mature aged or from a disadvantaged background, compared to any other university in Australia. In fact, 45 percent of our students are from a low socioeconomic background. Many of these students face additional barriers during their study, with financial stress being one of the major obstacles preventing students from completing their qualification and reaching their full potential.

As a pioneer in the delivery of online education, we continue to be a leader in this area with almost half of the current student cohort studying via online. Many of these students are based in rural areas and are juggling family, work and study commitments in order to provide a better future for their families.

Our inclusivity means that students face additional barriers to succeed throughout their study. Regional and socio-economically disadvantaged students are:

  • less likely to attend university
  • more likely to drop out of university.

Low participation coupled with high drop-out rates result in skill shortages and huge costs for the nation and students.

Your gift to the CQUniCares Student Success Fund will help overcome strong financial barriers, so deserving students will be able to enter and complete their education, and go on to support their families and communities and realise their full potential.



CQUniCares Scholarships provide financial support and development opportunities to new and continuing students. The impact of a scholarship goes far beyond the immediate financial need, allowing students to feel supported and encouraged throughout their study. Scholarships enable students to complete their education and go on to support their families and give back to our communities.

Academic Prizes

By supporting the CQUniCares Prize Program you are rewarding students’ dedication and achievement. Awarded annually, Prizes inspire all students to work hard and do their best. They celebrate individual success and encourage shared excellence.

Have a look through the full list of 2017 Academic Prizes. Congratulations to all student recipients who were awarded their prizes at the 2018 Scholarship and Prize Presentation Ceremony. A big thank you to our donors and partners who make these Prizes possible.

Emergency Grants
CQUniCares Emergency Grants provide immediate financial assistance to students experiencing real financial hardship. Each grant, of up to $1000, helps a student to cover expenses such as laptops, textbooks, rent, food and residential school travel. CQUniCares Emergency Grants go a long way towards helping students in their time of need to continue their study.

Through your donation to the CQUniCares Student Success Fund, you will reduce the financial burden of study and enable success.

CQUniCares Appeal Scholarship and Emergency Grants Stories of Impact

We would like to share with you some of the stories of impact from students who have received a CQUniCares Appeal Scholarship or CQUniCares Emergency Grant in 2018.

CQUniCares Scholarship recipient

Casey Jean Pomeroy
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) student, CQUniversity Bundaberg

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude in receiving a CQUniCares Appeal Scholarship. I put this scholarship towards travelling to Vietnam for a 5-week placement in May 2018. I have been given the opportunity to work in orphanages, charity clinics, schools and rural villages with some amazing disabled kids and have a chance to make a real difference to their lives.

The kids I am treating range in ages from only a few months old to late teens with conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Hydrocephalus, Muscular Dystrophy, Downs Syndrome and other developmental disorders. The only allied health care most of these children get to see are volunteers and the work we are doing can really make an impact on their quality of life. I am very thankful for receiving this scholarship that has enabled me to make a difference in the lives of these children.”

CQUniCares Emergency Grant recipients

Kelvin Nyantika 
Bachelor of Digital Media student, CQUniversity Rockhampton

Kelvin Nyantika“My name is Kelvin and I’m an International student from Kenya studying Digital Media. I applied for CQUniCares Student Emergency Grant after I was forcefully evicted from a shared house accommodation. I tried to seek affordable accommodation without success. I lived in my car for almost two weeks before I decided to apply for the emergency grant. I was very mentally and physically exhausted. I had missed out on classes due to lack of money to fuel my car.
Thanks to the grant and the incredible support and guidance from CQUniversity staff I was able to move into accommodation at the Capricorn College and get my life and study back on track. I am humbled and extremely thankful to the fund donors. You have made a big difference in my life and I can only repay back by ensuring I get good grades and successfully complete my study.”

Jacqui Watts
Bachelor of Accounting student, CQUniversity Brisbane

“The support I have received through this emergency grant is much appreciated. With no family to support me, I feel like CQUni is my family and I hope to support the fund myself one day. The money you give is much more than just financial. It says, ‘we believe in you’, and they are welcoming words when you are struggling financially, and feel so alone. Keep up the great work, and thank you so much for your kind hearts and generosity.

Heather Sander 
Bachelor of Education (Primary) student, CQUniversity Rockhampton

Heather Sanders“My name is Heather Sander, I’m a single mother of four studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary). I used the grant to purchase two textbooks and to pay my internet bill, with the little I had left used to buy some groceries for my family. I am greatly appreciative of the support I received at a time when I really needed it. I’m feeling more confident in finishing my degree as a result of this grant.”