Community Spirit Bursary Students

What is a Community Spirit Bursary?

Western Downs Regional Councils (WDRC) Community Spirit Bursary provide students with financial assistance of $1,000.00 towards their chosen field of study and the opportunity to return to the region during university breaks to undertaken paid work placement within Council.

The paid work placement opportunities expose students to the diverse career opportunities and work areas available within Council and, in many instances, provide hands-on experience to complement their area of study.

Community Spirit Bursary Guidelines

  • 1 x Community Spirit Bursary to be awarded per regional high school to a graduating grade 12 ATAR eligible student and presented at Awards Night.
  • Eligible student to be selected by the Principal from each school based on the following criteria:
    • Applied commitment to learning and growth
    • Academic performance
    • Contribution to the community
    • Contribution / participation of overall school involvement
    • ATAR eligible
  • One off payment of $1,000 paid to the successful student.
  • Opportunity of paid work experience with Council over University holiday periods. (Student to apply to Council in writing / email for work experience placement.)
  • Successful student is encouraged to attend University within 2 years of receiving notification of Bursary.
  • Notification of successful student to be supplied to Council 2 weeks prior to awards night.

What areas of work are available?

Students have the option to work at Council during university semester breaks in a team that aligns to their area of study or supports future career development. This is a great way to gain some industry experience while studying full-time.

Will students be employed with Council when they finish their qualification?

No. However, students have the opportunity to gain on the job experience during semester breaks.

Community Spirit Bursaries are announced at the end of each schooling year.

For further information, contact the Organisational Development team at Council.