• Georgia


    Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

    A love for science leads Dux to University of Southern Queensland

    Deciding to study Biomedical Science at the University of Southern Queensland was an easy decision for 2019 school-leaver, Georgia.

    The college Dux and OP1 student knew science was going to be part of her future and when she heard about the university’s AUTOMATIC Become Rewarded Scholarships for high-achieving students, it helped seal the deal.

    “Throughout my high school years I pushed myself to see how well I could do. It was very exciting to get an OP1 and to receive the Chancellor’s Scholarship. I feel like all the hard work paid off,” Georgia said.

    She chose to study in Toowoomba to be near family and support systems close to home.

    “I have always found the University of Southern Queensland to be a really inviting university. I did my work experience here and I like the culture,” she said.

  • Deacon


    Bachelor of Laws

    Road to success for garbo turned lawyer

    After a decade behind the wheel, Deacon put the brakes on his driving life and decided to study a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Southern Queensland.

    “Throughout high school, I thought I’d be a professional footy player if I’m honest — so I never bothered much with studying,” Deacon said.

    More than ten years since graduating high school with a less-than-stellar OP/ATAR score, the 32-year-old believed university was never an option.

    Until he heard about the University of Southern Queensland’s Tertiary Preparation Program, designed for people who had not completed Year 12 or who finished it many years ago.

    Unlike other pathway programs, TPP is free and available to everyone (as long as you are at least 18 in the year you begin your studies and meet the citizenship and residency requirements).

    “Mum told me when I was young that she didn’t care if I was a garbo or a lawyer, so I decided to do both,” he said.

  • Alyssa


    Tertiary Preparation Program

    Young adventurer’s next big quest

    Alyssa has climbed the world’s highest peaks and is now facing her next big adventure.

    The mountaineer enrolled in a Tertiary Preparation Program at the University of Southern Queensland with the goal of studying psychology.

    She was the youngest Australian to summit the highest mountain in the world but describes her next step as just as exciting.

    “I left school after completing Year 11 to pursue a full-time climbing career, which was the right decision for me at that time,” she said.

    “I was able to climb some of the highest mountains around the world, including Mount Everest twice.

    “Returning from my last expedition to Everest, I decided it was time to set the goal of returning to education.”

    That goal led her to the University of Southern Queensland.

    She enrolled in USQ’s Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP), the perfect base camp for those who have not completed Year 12 or have been away from studying for some time.

  • Justin


    Bachelor of Business and Commerce

    Indigenous ambassador on international career path

    From fishing along the riverbank in Cunnamulla to watching the sunset over Hong Kong’s cityscape, Kooma and Bidjara man Justin has a story to tell. The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) business graduate has followed a career path across Australia and is now playing a key role for Telstra’s international program.

    “I always wanted to go to university, but initially thought there would be barriers that might impact my ability to enrol. I took the leap and found out that there were a range of options to help students to afford university studies.”

    Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce last year. At the university he was an Indigenous Student Ambassador and made the most of every opportunity presented.

    After graduation, Mr Dolman was offered a position in Telstra’s Graduate Program and has worked his way up to the Telstra’s International Sales team and is now a Business Specialist in Hong Kong.

  • Matthew


    Bachelor of Aviation

    Come fly with University of Southern Queensland Aviation

    University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Aviation student Matthew has always wanted to be a pilot.

    He remembers spending weekends at Archerfield Airport with his father watching the planes take off and land and speaking to pilots.

    His dream was to fly and USQ has provided the runway to make it happen.

    “During Year 12, I was going through my university options and USQ Aviation stood above the rest,” Matthew said.

    “It had small class sizes which makes it easier to communicate with the lecturer, a flight simulator that is incorporated into the degree and industry-known lecturers.”

    According to the latest statistics from Boeing’s Pilot & Technician Outlook 2019-2038, about 800,000 new pilots will be needed to fly and maintain the world’s fleet over the next two decades – with nearly 40% of those required in the Asia Pacific region.

    USQ offers Aviation at its Springfield and Toowoomba campuses.

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