Yarraman is the most northern portion of the Toowoomba Regional Council area, squeezed between two parts of the South Burnett Regional Council area

November 13, 2020

Tertiary students in Yarraman and Cooyar will again miss out on the opportunity of applying for a $5000 Council scholarship, thanks to guidelines that stipulate they must have graduated from a high school within the boundaries of the Toowoomba Regional Council area.

Most Yarraman and Cooyar students complete their secondary education at high schools in Nanango or Kingaroy, within the South Burnett Regional Council area.

Yarraman is a P-9 school and Crows Nest is a P-10.

The Toowoomba Regional Council’s W. H. Groom scholarship winner receives $5000 in half-yearly payments.

Cr Kerry Shine said eligible applicants must be between 18 and 24 and in their second or third year of full-time study at TAFE Queensland South West or the University of Southern Queensland.

“The selection requirements cover a student’s first and/or second-year academic achievement and their record of community service in arts, sport or charitable groups,” Cr Shine said.

“Applicants must have graduated from a Toowoomba Region high school and need to prove they attended high school in the region for a minimum of two years.

“Students also need to indicate their willingness to continue full-time study in 2021.”

southburnett.com.au raised the issue with Toowoomba Regional Council last year and were told the guidelines for the scholarship could be re-considered.

However, a Council spokesperson confirmed on Friday that students must have graduated from a Toowoomba Region high school so students who graduated in Nanango or Kingaroy were still not eligible.

The scholarship was established in 2004 to mark the centenary of Toowoomba’s proclamation as a city and to honour the achievements of Toowoomba’s first mayor, William Henry Groom.

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Crs Kerry Shine and Deputy Mayor Geoff McDonald will be visiting Cooyar and Yarraman on November 20.

They will be at Cooyar Memorial Hall from 9:30am and when finished there will be available at the Yarraman Memorial Hall.

People wishing to make an appointment should ring the Community Development Officer on 13-18-72 to make a time.

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