Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
The Honourable Tracy Davis
03/05/2012

Bright young women receive $1000 to reach for the stars

Thirteen outstanding young women have been rewarded with $1000 grants to help them continue their studies and focus on reaching career goals in their chosen fields.

Communities Minister, Tracy Davis, will today present two of them with cheques from the Queensland Government in the National Council of Women of Queensland (NCWQ) Bursaries Presentation Ceremony at Parliament House.

“This is the second year the Office for Women has provided two $1000 bursaries as part of the NCWQ program,” Ms Davis said.

“This includes one grant to support a young Aboriginal woman and the other to support a young Torres Strait Islander woman as they continue their studies in a traditionally male-dominated field, such as mining, science, aviation or manufacturing.

“The first Office for Women bursary recipient is Amanda Hamilton, who was born and raised in her early years in Papua New Guinea.

“Amanda has completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, which she is using as a stepping stone to becoming a doctor.

“The second recipient is Vanessa Pearson from Gordonvale, who is currently undertaking a Diploma in Science at James Cook University in Cairns and hopes to become a laboratory manager in the science industry.”

Ms Davis said she was looking forward to working with women’s interest groups like The National Council of Women of Queensland, which established its bursary program in 2009.

“For many years, NCWQ has been tirelessly promoting equality and equal opportunities for women in all aspects of life,” she said.

“It provides a strong voice for women and acts as an advocate to government departments and agencies.

“Of course, the NCWQ also coordinates these generous bursaries to help cover the education expenses of outstanding groups of young women like this.”