TAFE Queensland scholarships for school leavers are now open

STUDY: Keely Horne is currently studying a Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics at TAFE Queensland's Southbank campus.
STUDY: Keely Horne is currently studying a Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics at TAFE Queensland's Southbank campus.

TAFE Queensland scholarships are now open for applications, supporting school leavers to study a wide range of qualifications with each recipient receiving up to $5000 to help cover the costs of course fees, text books and living expenses.

Student Keely Horne secured a scholarship last year and has since used the opportunity to move from her home town of Cairns to study a Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics at Brisbane's Southbank campus, pursuing her dream career of creating beautiful smiles.

"Moving away from home to follow my passion was both scary and expensive, but studying dental prosthetics is my calling. So when I found the TAFE Queensland scholarships, I jumped at the chance to apply, because getting one would help with my costs," she said.

Keely has since put her scholarship money towards her course fees, dental tools used for practical training, and to complete a first aid course required for her degree. She's now in her second year and is thrilled with how her professional skills are developing.

TAFE Queensland general manager Brisbane, Dr Paul Wilson, said the scholarships provide an opportunity for students to develop their skills and gain a qualification to secure jobs in some of the state's largest and fastest growing industries.

"Two types of scholarships are available. The first are merit scholarships aimed at supporting people who have demonstrated strong levels of achievement to advance their careers. The second are access and equity scholarships designed to help students who are battling social or financial hardship," he said.

Scholarship recipients can choose to study a TAFE Queensland qualification from a certificate III through to Advanced Diploma level across various industries such as business, creative, health, hospitality, information technology, trades and many more.

Applications for a TAFE Queensland scholarship to commence study in semester one, 2021 are open now and close on August 27

For more information visit scholarships.tafeqld.edu.au.