CQUniCares Adip Rijal Memorial Scholarship (Donor-Funded)

Up to $5,000
1 (One) Year
1 (One)
October 2, 2023
January 15, 2024
The CQUniCares Adip Rijal Memorial Scholarship will provide recognition and assistance to a deserving international student residing in Queensland. This scholarship honours the life of the late, Adip Rijal and is made possible through a generous donation made by the Rijal family.

To be eligible to receive the CQUniCares Adip Rijal Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled or intending to enrol at CQUniversity in Term 1, 2024;
  • Be an international student;
  • Be studying any undergraduate or postgraduate course;
  • Be able to demonstrate low personal/ family income or be under financial pressure;
  • Be enrolled with a term study load of at least 12 credit points*; 
  • Be residing and studying in Queensland;
  • Be enrolled at Census Date in Term 1, 2024;
  • Not be receiving multiple CQUniversity Scholarships that exceed the annual value of $10,000. 

Preference will be given to applicants who are:

  • Nepalese citizens
  • Studying nursing or engineering

*Payments may continue to be awarded on a pro rata basis to students completing less than 12 credit points in extenuating circumstances. This is at the discretion of the Student Scholarships Team and the donor.

Applicants will be assessed on the application and a written submission of no more than 500 words addressing the following:

"How will a CQUniCares Adip Rijal Memorial Scholarship assist with your studies?"

  • Tell us about yourself:
    • Name/ course/ interests
    • You may wish to also share your current situation, challenges you have experienced or overcome, as well as any examples of success, leadership, community, or volunteering.
  • How will a scholarship help you to overcome financial barriers to success?
    • You may wish to further explain your current situation and how a scholarship will assist you in managing general living and study expenses.
  • What are your career goals and how will a scholarship assist you in achieving your educational objectives?
    • You may wish to outline your aspirations following graduation, as well as your plans for giving back and supporting our regions.  

Expectations of recipients

As a scholarship recipient, you may be asked to participate in a feedback survey. You may also be approached to assist with promoting CQUniversity’s Scholarship program by sharing your experiences as a recipient through testimonials, media or invitations to attend events such as Orientation or Open Days. If you do not wish to be publicly recognised or be involved in the above initiatives, please advise the Philanthropy Team via ourpartners@cqu.edu.au immediately following acceptance.

CQUniversity has a range of support services located on our website Student Support Services and Financial Preparedness.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

In addition to the eligibility criteria, the successful applicant must:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 5.0 each term
  • Remain enrolled in the course as at Term 2 Census Date with a minimum study load of 12 credit points

Please note that failure to meet the continuing eligibility criteria may result in the scholarship being cancelled. 

Additional information

Students may request a deferral of their scholarship in special circumstances. This request must be made through the Student Scholarships Team and should occur in conjunction with an official Leave of Absence request to the University. If approved, a scholarship may only be deferred for a maximum period of two higher-education terms (excludes Term 3) or two VET intakes. Continuing students must still maintain a minimum GPA of 4.0 / Pass in the term directly before taking a Leave of Absence.

In special circumstances, a student may also make a request to transfer their scholarship to an alternative course of study. This request must be through the Student Scholarships Team and is at the discretion of the scholarship donor. 

Public recognition and your involvement

CQUniversity is committed to protecting your privacy. CQUniversity will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the collection, use, disclosure and handling of personal or health information provided by you complies with CQUniversity Information Policy and Procedures and the Information Privacy Act (2009). Visit www.cqu.edu.au/privacy for more information. 

As funds for your scholarship have been generously donated, CQUniversity is required to share your name, course/ study area and ongoing eligibility (including academic performance) with the donor of your scholarship. CQUniversity may also share your student email address and your nominated phone number, if requested by your scholarship donor, for the purpose of enabling their representatives to contact you regarding your scholarship. Donors may wish to celebrate their recipients, however if you do not wish your donor or CQUniversity to promote your name publicly, this can be arranged.

If you do not wish to be publicly recognised or be involved in the above initiatives, please advise the Philanthropy Team via ourpartners@cqu.edu.au immediately following acceptance.

Thanking your Donor

Many of our scholarships are made possible by generous donations from community partners who are committed to supporting CQUniversity students to reach their academic goals. Our donors are always keen to hear how their support is making a difference. You are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of thanks (Word/ PDF) or short video to ourpartners@cqu.edu.au to express your appreciation. To help you get started, we recommend providing a brief overview of who you are, what you are studying and your career aspirations, as well as some insight into how your scholarship will benefit you. 

Payment of scholarship

The successful applicant is required to enter their current financial institution details (banking details) into MyCQU for payment to occur. This must be done prior to Census Date to avoid delays. 

Payments are based on term study loads as follows: 

  • $1,250 /term for study load of 12 credit points
  • $2,500 /term for study load of 18 credit points or more

Payment will be made to the successful recipient in week 6 of Term 1 and 2 following post Census Date and ongoing eligibility checks. 

Payments will be credited electronically to the student’s nominated bank account. 

*Disclaimer - Students may be required to provide further documentation to support their application. This can include the following:

  • Written submission
  • Documentation demonstrating academic achievement or unofficial transcript
  • Documentation demonstrating community involvement, exemplary work or demonstration of leadership
  • Resume
  • Documentation demonstrating low personal or family income/ financial need
  • Confirmation of Identity or 2 x Cultural References + a Statutory Declaration (if relevant to scholarship)

All requests for further information to support applications will be sent to the student email account. Failure to supply further information will deem the application incomplete and will not be considered.

To apply for the CQUniCares Adip Rijal Memorial Scholarship:

Complete a Scholarship Online Application Form, ensuring all supporting documentation is completed and attached as outlined here

  • For Current students (applicants who have already have a Student ID number) apply through MyCQU. You will need to log in with your student details.
  • For Future students (applicants who have applied or are intending to apply to study at CQUniversity but not yet received or accepted an offer) apply now.

A section panel, consisting of representatives from CQUniversity will be formed to determine the successful applicant.

Scholarships at CQUniversity are highly competitive. All applications are ranked based on how well applicants address the selection criteria, and in comparison, to other applicants.

Being eligible or being a recipient in the past is no guarantee of having a successful application.

A scholarship will only be offered where there is an applicant of sufficient merit.

All applicants are advised that any request for further information to support their application will be sent to their student email accounts or nominated email account for future students. Students will be required to re-submit any further information requested through their original application in MyCQU. Failure to resubmit further information will deem the application incomplete and will not be considered.

The Student Scholarships Team are unable to provide updates to students on the progress of their individual application until all assessments are completed.

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application via their student email accounts only. Decisions are final.

Adip Rijal, the first child of Mr Amod Rijal and Dr Deepa Rijal was born on 5th July 1994 in Nepal.

He came to Australia along with his parents as an eight-year-old child to live permanently in November 2002. He had completed his high school from Rockhampton Grammar School in 2011. After completing high school, he

commenced his Bachelor of Engineering (Co-op) and Diploma of Professional Practice in 2012 at CQUniversity, Rockhampton. In the course of one and half year of study, Adip transferred his Engineering study in the University of Technology, Sydney in the same program. He graduated in Bachelor of Engineering (Co-op) and Diploma of Professional Practice in Civil Engineering in 2016 scoring a GPA of 3/4. While studying, Adip had gained experience of working as an Undergraduate Engineer in renowned engineering organisations such as John Holland, AECOM and Randwick City Council. After completion of his degree, he joined BMD as a Graduate engineer and Bouygues Construction as a site engineer. From March 2018 onwards, he was working as a site Engineer in Downer and was involved Paramatta Light Rail Tendering and Berry to Bromederry Upgrade Project. In this way, Adip had gained experience in multiple domains in civil engineering and had achieved quite significant milestones by the young age of 24. Adip was always cheerful, humble, and a responsible citizen. He was a people's person and could get along well with people from all age groups. He was very much liked by his family, peers, employers, and work colleagues. He loved to travel to different places and try different cuisine from different countries. He had planned to travel 30 different countries by the age 30. But unfortunately, he had travelled only 16 different countries before he passed away.

Adip was on his way to attend a family event in Nepal in Feb 2019. He decided to take a journey break in Dubai for quick tour of the country as he was very much fascinated by the great progress of the city. But unfortunately, Adip passed away due a sudden tragic accident in Dubai on 10th February 2019. In summary, a vibrant, energetic, cheerful and beautiful soul was taken away instantly while he was enjoying the best time of his life at one of his favourite places of travel. Adip's parents have decided to establish a scholarship so that a deserving young student can get some assistance to fulfil their dream to complete their study. Adip's Mother, Dr Deepa Rijal is an alumnus and staff member of CQU who had completed her PhD in 2016 and Bachelor of Nursing in 2018 and would like to initiate this scheme to support students in financial hardship.