Jenny Simpson Memorial Scholarship (Donor-funded)

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May 7, 2023
June 4, 2023
The Jenny Simpson Memorial Scholarship will provide recognition and educational expenses financial assistance to a graduating Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) student commencing a Bachelor degree.
Study LevelUndergraduate
Year of StudyFirst year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; Permanent Resident; Permanent Humanitarian Visa
Study RegionAll
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadAll loads

To be eligible to receive the Jenny Simpson Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed at least two units of the Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) course;
  • Be commencing or have commenced a Bachelor degree in 2023;
  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or holder of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa with a permanent home address in Australia;
  • Be enrolled at CQUniversity as of Census Date in Term 2, 2023;

Applicants are required to:

  1. provide a 500-word personal statement addressing the question:

How would a Jenny Simpson Memorial Scholarship assist with your studies?

Expectations of recipients

As an added professional development opportunity, all scholarship recipients are expected to engage with Blackbullion, an online interactive financial literacy platform. Scholarship recipients must complete any two pathway topics of their choice prior to payment being made.

As a scholarship recipient, you will be asked to participate in a feedback survey. You may also be approached to assist with positively promoting CQUniversity’s Scholarship program by sharing your experiences as a recipient through media or invited to attend events such as Orientation or Open Days.

Payment of the scholarship

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

Payment will be made to the successful applicant in Week 6 after final post-Census Date eligibility checks.

Payment for $2,000 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)

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

  • 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?

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 Jenny Simpson Memorial Scholarship:

  1. 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 selection panel, consisting of representatives from CQUniversity will be formed to determine the successful applicant. A scholarship will only be offered where there is an applicant of sufficient merit. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications as soon as possible after the selection panel meets.

Jenny Simpson was an extraordinary person. She was a passionate teacher, a transformative educator, a vigorous research, and for her students, she was an inspiration. She gave of herself to ensure that students, who previously may not have had the opportunity to achieve a tertiary education, were able to do so. She was responsible for enabling second-chance adult learners to effect a change in their lives, feel empowered and to be awakened to their true abilities.

Jenny Simpson dedicated 15 years of her life to providing 1,000 CQUniversity students with the opportunity to achieve the necessary requirements to equip them with the skills and confidence to embark on a tertiary education. She lived by the quote: “I think; therefore I am. I imagine: therefore, I can be more”, a value that she instilled in all her students.

Sadly, on Saturday 11 October 2008, after a battle with cancer, Jenny passed away. The CQUniCares Jenny Simpson Memorial Scholarship was established in her memory, to encourage STEPS students to pursue an Undergraduate degree at CQUniversity. Today, this scholarship is made possible through generous donations made by friends and colleagues of the late, Jenny Simpson.