BMA Community Scholarship Program

The BMA Community Scholarship Program and BMA Indigenous Scholarship Program, provided by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), aim to encourage participation in tertiary education at CQUniversity Australia, particularly in programs which will increase vital skills, knowledge and community development in the communities where BMA operates including Moranbah, Emerald, Capella, Dysart and Blackwater. These scholarships were developed in partnership between CQUniversity and BMA to address skills shortages in the Bowen Basin region, helping to develop skilled professionals who study, live and work in the region and ultimately contribute to their communities. While the key study areas for this scholarship include medical science and nursing, allied health, business and education, applications are encouraged from prospective students wishing to study in any area which is not mining or engineering related. Successful applicants for the BMA Community Scholarship Program and BMA Indigenous Scholarship Program will be able to demonstrate community involvement and a future desire to contribute to the communities where BMA operates. Selection is not based on academic merit.

Scholarship Value: Up to $20,000 ($2,500/term based on full-time study each term) (Terms 1 & 2 ONLY)

Length of Scholarship: Duration of degree program (up to 4 years)

Number Available: 10

Opening Date: 22 August 2016

Closing Date: 06 November 2016

Study LevelBachelor; Undergraduate
Year of StudyFuture/First Year; First Year; Continuing (2nd year or greater)
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; Permanent Resident
EthnicityAboriginal; South Sea Islander; Torres Strait Islander
Study Region
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadFull time

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive the BMA Community Scholarship an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be entering into their first year or second year of study at CQUniversity in a bachelor degree that will contribute towards alleviating the skills shortages in the specified region (excluding engineering and mining related areas), in Term 1 2017
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled at CQUniversity at Census Date of Term 1 2017
  • Be studying a full-time course load (18 credit points or more) each term (Term 1 & 2)
  • Provide evidence that they or their parents reside permanently in either Moranbah, Emerald/Capella, Dysart, Blackwater, Sarina/Hay Point or Gladstone (4680, 4717, 4720, 4723, 4737, 4740, 4744, 4745)
  • Not be receiving another Donor Funded* Scholarship

*Donor Funded: refers to a scholarship which is only available to CQUniversity students, funded by an individual or organisation external to the University (excluding Federal Government funded Commonwealth and Equity Scholarships)

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on an application form a written submission and supporting documentation (certificates, school results, community involvement information) addressing the following:

  • How your intended area of study will address the needs of Central Highlands, Isaac, Mackay or Gladstone regional areas upon completion of the program
  • What community activities or initiatives you have been involved in
  • How the BMA Community Scholarship and CQUniversity will assist you to be what you want to be

Applicants should also provide with their application:

  • Two referees, one personal and one professional (employer or high school)
  • Evidence of permanent address as per the eligibility criteria

Applications are encouraged from applicants who are living with a medical/mental health condition or disability; are disadvantaged or from a low-socio economic background; or who live in a rural and remote area.
Additional requirements

Additional Information

In addition to the ongoing eligibility requirements, the successful applicant/s must:

  • Maintain at least a GPA of 4.0 throughout the duration of their degree
  • Remain enrolled in the program as at Census Date of each Term (terms 1 & 2 only)
  • As a donor scholarship recipient, you may be approached to assist with positively promoting the CQUniversity Scholarships program by sharing your experiences as a recipient through media and at events such as Open Day.

Payment of the Scholarship

Payment will be made to the successful applicant after Census Date of Terms 1 and 2 each year. Payment will be for $2,500 (based on the student studying full time) and credited electronically to the student’s nominated bank account.

Supporting Documentation

  • 500 word statement
  • two referees
  • Evidence of permanent address as per the eligibility criteria

How to apply

To apply for the BMA Community Scholarship Program:

  1. Read the Scholarship Guidelines
  2. Complete a Scholarship Application Form
  3. Ensure all supporting documentation is completed and attached as outlined in the Scholarship Guidelines
  4. Submit your Scholarship Application to the Student Success Centre by the closing date – refer to the Scholarship Application Form for submission options

Please Note: Complete Applications must be received at the Student Success Centre, Scholarships Office by the closing date.

How will I know the outcome of my application?

A selection panel, consisting of representatives from BHP Billiton and CQUniversity will meet to assess the applications. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications as soon as possible after the selection process has been finalised.

Donor details

BHP Billiton Mitsubish Alliance (BMA)

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) are providing undergraduate scholarships to encourage enrolments in Higher Education by students who reside in BMA's communities of interest; Moranbah, Emerald/Capella, Dysart and Blackwater.

The BMA Scholarship Program provides funding to students in the regional areas in which BMA operates, to encourage enrolment at CQUniversity's Central Queensland campuses in areas of study that can influence skills shortages in the region and are unrelated to mining disciplines. Key areas of interest are medical and nursing careers, allied health, business and education.

The program incorporates community and Indigenous scholarships.