ACU announces $50k for Gleeson scholarships

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Brisbane, October 19, 2006: Australian Catholic University (ACU) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new $50,000 scholarships fund for prospective students at the University’s Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo.

Brisbane, 19 October, 2006: Australian Catholic University (ACU) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new $50,000 scholarships fund for prospective students at the University’s Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo).

The Gleeson Family Scholarship, established by well-known Townsville broadcaster and community identity Jack Gleeson AM, will be awarded for the first time in 2007 to one deserving student commencing undergraduate study at the campus.

Recipients of the annual scholarship will receive $4,000 for each year of their undergraduate degree, with individual scholarships being worth up to $16,000.

ACU Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO said the scholarship would provide a great opportunity for people who might not otherwise have access to tertiary study.

Professor Sheehan described Mr Gleeson as a “selfless and tireless” contributor to the community and the church – which has seen him receive the university’s highest honour of Doctor of the University in April 2005.

“Mr Gleeson’s life has been one of extraordinary service of the community,” he said. “His work in industry and telecommunications has improved the lives of many thousands of people, particularly those from isolated and rural areas.”

Mr Gleeson said unlike some other scholarships, the Gleeson Family Scholarship would consider a range of factors when selecting its recipients – not just academic merit.

“The Gleeson Family Scholarship aims to benefit people who, for reasons of location, background or financial situation, would not otherwise be able to undertake university study,” Mr Gleeson said. “Therefore, we will give preference to applicants from rural and regional Queensland – particularly those from the Townsville Catholic Diocese – and those who are socially or economically disadvantaged.”

For more information about the scholarship, prospective applicants should contact the ACU Foundation office by phoning (02) 9739 2951 or emailing foundation@acu.edu.au.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.

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Chris Veraa 03 9953 3851, 0407 845 634 chris.veraa@acu.edu.au

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