Please note that this blog is intended for the students and parents associated with Gordonvale State High School, Cairns. Please check areas of interest as seen on the blog to confirm dates and other information as there will be occasions when dates will change and the information may not be included in the blog as it may not have been received by the school. Posts prior to July 2017 may have reference to Smithfield State High School as this blog was initially developed for students when I was the Guidance Officer at that school.

Scholarship information

The Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund

The FNQYAF can provide grants for nominated young people under the age of 21 up to a maximum of $3,000 per individual to support, promote and encourage their artistic, educational or sporting potential. Students may re-apply each year until they reach 21.

Assistance may be given by way of financial support for:
·         Uniforms
·         School supplies/equipment/books
·         Excursions.

This is not a definite list and other needs may be considered on a case by case basis so long as they are linked to educational participation. The Fund will endeavour to assist applicants parents must reside in our region (Cardwell north to Thursday Island and west to Normanton). Application forms may be downloaded at:

Alternatively you may apply by contacting the Fund Office on 4051 6590. Applications for assistance can be lodged with our Fund throughout the year for individual assessment.

Fund categories can be found at: http://www.fnqyaf.org.au/fund_categories.html

The following links are for students interested in looking at scholarships with specific universities.
QTAC Specific

Some Interstate Universities
La Trobe University scholarships
QTAC (Queensland Teritary Adimssions Centre - helpful for additional sites)VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre)
If you are considering pursuing an Engineering or Health discipline at an Australian University, the Australian Defence Force offers University Scholarships.  Sponsorships are available to undergraduate students.  Avenues of Entry are Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Radiography and Environmental Health.  To apply for a scholarship call 13 19 01 or visit www.defencejobs.gov.au/unisponsorship or see the Guidance Officer.

Other useful sites include:
Study Assist