First QR National Scholarships Awarded

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Central Queensland youths Caleb Tull (13) and Elijah Edwards (14) were today named the first two recipients of the QR National Scholarship Program.  Tull, from Rockhampton, and Edwards, from Theodore, have been awarded scholarships for the remainder of 2011 and 2012, including financial assistance for school fees and representative football costs, as well as specialised mentoring and Player Welfare training from the CQ NRL Bid.  Both teenagers have been assigned a former NRL player as a mentor, with former Cowboys and Rabbitohs star Justin Loomans to mentor Tull and former Queensland Origin great Jason Hetherington to mentor Edwards.

The QR National Scholarship Program provides assistance to Central Queensland youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who have shown potential and commitment to pursue excellence in sport and scholastic endeavours.  QR National Manager Stakeholder Relations (QLD) Tony Lucas said QR National had a large presence in Central Queensland and a proud history of supporting the local community.  “We are delighted to be making a difference in the lives of Caleb and Elijah. They have both shown great promise and talent in their sporting and academic endeavours, and are very worthy recipients of this scholarship,” he said.

Edwards, whose family went through a difficult period when the floods hit Theodore early this year, is a boarding student at St. Brendan’s College in Yeppoon.  CQ NRL Bid Community and Business Development Manager Walson Carlos said the CQ NRL Bid was first made aware of the Edwards family situation when it delivered flood relief funding to the Theodore Junior Rugby League Club.  “The family home was devastated by the floods. I know this scholarship means a lot to Elijah and his parents. Elijah is an outstanding rugby league player and a diligent student, and I’m sure he will make the most of this great opportunity,” he said.

Tull is an indigenous student currently completing Year 8 at The Cathedral College. He has represented Rockhampton and Central Queensland in rugby league in 2011.  CQ NRL Bid Chairman Geoff Murphy said Tull had shown strong focus and commitment to his schoolwork in his first year of high school.  “With the wonderful support of QR National, I feel proud the CQ NRL Bid can be a part of changing Caleb’s life for the better. I am certain with the support structures that his family, school and this program provides, he will pursue academic and sporting excellence to his full potential,” he said.

Mr Carlos said applications had opened for the 2012 QR National Scholarship Program.  “We encourage those eligible to apply. Application Packages are being sent out to junior clubs and schools in Central Queensland. Parents or guardians can also apply online at before applications close on 14 September 2011.”

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