2021 Bursary Program – The Assessment Phase is in Full Swing

Bursary program Update

Team bursary is busily assessing the applications to determine the recipients in the 2021 NCWQ Bursary Program. Although this is hard work, we are always appreciative of being let into the lives of so many, as they share their dreams and aspirations. Results will be determined, with all applicants advised of the outcome, by mid-July. Presentations will be held Tuesday 3 August – stay tuned for your email to register to attend!

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CLOSING SOON – 2021 Bursary Applications Close 2 June!

Bursary applications close 2 June

Applications for the NCWQ Bursary Program close 2 June. Team Bursary is on standby for the usual rush of last-minute applications. (2020 set the record of over 250 applications received in the last 36 hours!). If you are applying, the time is now. Also, meet some of last year’s bursary recipients.

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UPDATE – 2021 Bursary Applications are coming in quickly!

Bursary applications are coming in

Applications for the NCWQ Bursary Program are open. With 35 bursaries on offer, they range from Year 12 to PhD students, some for various fields of study, some for place of residence, some for specific groups, including disability, mental illness, refugee background, LGBTIQ, Indigenous. Please share with your network.

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Announcement – Applications for the 2021 Bursary Program opens 12 April

Applications for the NCWQ Bursary Program open on Monday 12 April 2021.

Please be advised that Applications for the NCWQ Bursary Program are set to open on Monday 12 April 2021.

Arrangements are being finalised with our sponsors for this year’s bursary program. Although the full list of offerings is not quite complete, we expect the final result to be similar to those offered last year.

On-Line Submission – the big change this year will be the provision of online submission for applications. (A paper-based option will continue to be available, recognising the diverse needs of applicants, easy access, etc.) The on-line approach will also streamline some of the behind-the-scenes administration processes. Currently being developed, all will be thoroughly tested before going live.

Team Bursary is also coming together, with a few new additions to our regular members.

For any information about the 2021 Bursary Program, please contact Kathy Cavanagh, NCWQ Bursary Program Manager at bursaries@ncwq.org.au or send a Query here.

Regardless of any COVID restrictions which may be applicable at the time of the bursary presentation in early August, the E-Yearbook, an initiative to counteract our changed world in 2020, will continue.

IWD 2020: Leah Zandonadi, Bursary Recipient

To mark 2020 International Women’s Day (#EachforEqual), NCWQ is profiling an impressive women each day in and around the 8th March. These featured young women are past NCWQ Bursary Recipients, and have demonstrated incredible leadership, success, community service, intelligence and commitment to their personal and professional passions. In today’s feature, past bursary recipient Leah Zandonadi shares her thoughts.

To learn more about the bursary program, keep an eye on our website in the coming month. 

  1. What were the benefits to you in being a 2019 NCWQ bursary recipient?

I was fortunate to be the recipient of the Quota International Centenary Bursary for Speech Pathology. This bursary has assisted me financially for travel and accommodation costs that are associated with my final year university placements.

2. What are your goals for this year?

My main goal for this year is to graduate university with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology! Within that big goal, one of my smaller goals is to be more confident as a clinician. I have set myself up well with the theory components of the course, but this final stretch is about putting that knowledge into practice. A goal for my personal life is to spend more time outdoors and with friends. I lost the work-life balance a bit last year unfortunately, but my housemates here on placement have kept me busy after work each day and on weekends by taking me to the hidden gems around the region I’m in. It’s something I definitely want to keep up when I am back from placement and can see my friends at home again!

3. What is your personal mantra or self-talk that you use to keep yourself on track in pursuing your aspirations?

My personal mantra is “don’t fake it until you make it; know so you can grow.” At this point in my life I would say that I am academically driven, so a lot of what I do is to help me in that aspect. It for sure hasn’t been an easy road to get to where I am, but this quote keeps me on track and reminds me that I will benefit from putting in the hard yards over the duration of this degree because I want to be the best speech pathologist I can be.

4. Who have been your most significant female role models?

This is a hard one! I would have to say that everyone that has been involved in my tertiary education has influenced me one way or another, in my current life and my future. More than 95% of speech pathologists in Australia are female, so there’s so many women to look up to! I have been taught by the same female lecturers (who are all qualified speech pathologists) since my first year of study, meaning they have been there every step of the way to support and mentor me. I love hearing their stories about their experiences in the workforce, because I hope to have those same big life-changing impacts on my clients in the future. My clinical educators and supervisors on external placements are always reminding me that they were once in my shoes. They have been incredible in helping me build confidence as a clinician and know that this is just the beginning of a great career. And of course, my mum is another significant female role model in my life for more reasons than I can list. 

IWD 2020: Jess Honan, Bursary Recipient

To mark 2020 International Women’s Day (#EachforEqual), NCWQ is profiling an impressive women each day in and around the 8th March. These featured young women are past NCWQ Bursary Recipients, and have demonstrated incredible leadership, success, community service, intelligence and commitment to their personal and professional passions. In today’s feature, past bursary recipient Jess Honan shares her thoughts.

To learn more about the bursary program, keep an eye on our website in the coming month. 

What were the benefits to you in being a 2019 NCWQ bursary recipient? 
In 2017, I went to Germany as a Rotary Youth Exchange student and lived with a family in Duisburg. Thanks to the bursary, I could finally afford to go back to Germany and see my host family again. Not only was this a great opportunity to revive my German language skills, but it also meant a lot to me to be able to spend Christmas with my second family, after not having seen them in two years. 


What are your goals for this year

Going into my third year of arts/law degrees, my main focus for 2020 remains to stay as engaged with international humanitarian law as possible, and work towards my 5-languages-by-25 dream. Specifically though, I want to do more advocacy work when it comes to rural Australia and its role in Australia’s foreign policy agenda.


 What is your personal mantra or self-talk that you use to keep yourself on track in pursuing your aspirations?

I have a little sheet of paper on the top of my laptop that says ‘w.w.h.d.?’ – what would Hermione do? Having grown up with the Harry Potter series, I always aspired to be exactly like Hermione Granger. Reminding me to be more like Hermione always pushes me to put in the extra hours when I just want to give up. I have always wanted to be as successful, smart and strong as Hermione, and this little sheet reminds me that if I continue to work hard, I can be.

Who have been your most significant female role models?

As a Harry Potter fanatic from a very young age, I have always wanted to be Hermione Granger. Aside from being one of very few unashamedly intelligent female figures in children’s stories as I was growing up, I also appreciate how dynamic a character Hermione is. She might be powerful, wickedly clever and vivaciously ambitious, but is also very down-to-earth, sensitive and stubborn. To me, this personified Hermione – she was more than a literary character, but a real human with human characteristics that I could endeavour to emmulate. 

Bursary Fund-raising Morning Tea and Fashion Parade

NCWQ held its annual bursary fund-raising morning tea and fashion parade Thursday, 10 October. Leah Lever, previous recipient of the Elements Living bursary in 2018, charmed us with her beautiful singing. Ella Madigan, a recipient of last year’s Ipswich City Council bursary for a secondary student, spoke about her activity with NCWQ and the Young Women’s sub-committee.

Currently studying nursing, she intends to then study to medicine. With the theme of acknowledging women in medicine, the contributions of various women were highlighted by affiliated organisation Queensland Medical Women’s Society. Fashions were provided by Soubrét Pink, from Mt Gravatt, displaying the current trends ranging from casual to more formal occasions. NCWQ appreciates the support of all those involved, with the proceeds funding the NCWQ-sponsored 2020 bursaries.

IWD 2019: Farhana Sharmin, Bursary Recipient

To mark 2019 International Women’s Day (#BalanceforBetter), NCWQ is profiling an impressive women each day in and around the 8th March. These featured young women are past NCWQ Bursary Recipients, and have demonstrated incredible leadership, success, community service, intelligence and commitment to their personal and professional passions. In today’s feature, past bursary recipient Farhana Sharmin shares her thoughts.

To learn more about the bursary program, keep an eye on our website in the coming month. 

What were the benefits to you in being a 2018 NCWQ bursary recipient?

Being a recipient of the 2018 NCWQ Senator Claire Moore bursary provided me a financial support for my education course. I have purchased a laptop for my study purpose. This bursary not only gave me financial support but also provided me a great networking opportunity and allowed me to return my confident, self-esteem to continue my journey.

What are your goals for this year?

Education was not always my field of study. I have done PhD in microbiology. After a long ups and down, I realized my calling is to involve with education system here in Australia. My goal is to finish my education degree this year and return to workplace after a long break. I would like to work collaboratively to make connection between science and education our future generation.

What is your personal mantra or self-talk that you use to keep yourself on track in pursuing your aspirations?

My prayer to God is my mantra to manage my insecurities, judgments, and tendency towards love. The more I connect with my own heart, I fall into deeper love with me and I can see love everywhere.

My mom always said to me “Slow down. When you rush, things fall apart. Lower your expectations of what you can do and how fast you can do it, and everyone will be happy.”

Who have been your most significant woman role models?

Mother is the greatest role model in my life, she is the most kind hearted, strong-minded, strong-willed, and driven to succeed, caring, hard-working, firm but faired person I have ever seen in my life. I miss her every day.