2012 QR National Scholarships Awarded For Central Highlands

Two Central Queensland youths have today been announced the 2012 recipients of the QR National Scholarship Program for the Central Highlands region.

Emerald’s Jacob Van Zanden and Rolleston’s Peter Copping, both aged 12, have been awarded scholarships for the 2012 school year, including financial assistance for school fees and representative football costs, as well as specialised mentoring and Player Welfare training as part of the CQ NRL Bid.

Both boys will be assigned a former NRL player as a mentor. The mentor will provide ongoing guidance and support throughout the scholarship year.

The QR National Scholarship Program provides assistance to Central Queensland youths with disadvantaged circumstances 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 Jacob and Peter. They have both shown great promise and talent in their sporting and academic endeavours, and are very worthy recipients of these scholarships”, he said.

“It’s incredibly important that we not only nurture their sporting talent but also ensure they are equally supported through broader educational and personal development.”

CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe said it’s about providing opportunity to teenagers in regional areas.

“The QR National Scholarship Program opens up pathways for young aspiring rugby league players in regional areas like Emerald and Rolleston to further their education and sporting endeavours.” he said.

The QR National Scholarship Program has now awarded four scholarships in the Central Queensland region and will announce an additional eight scholarship recipients over the next month bringing the total to 12 for the 2012 year.

CQ NRL Bid Community and Business Development Manager Walson Carlos said over 50 applications for 2012 QR National Scholarships had been received from across the region.

“The response to the QR National Scholarship Program has been very good and I expect the level of interest will only grow in future years”, he said.




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