Moreton Bay Regional Council Scholarship

As part of its commitment to creating education opportunities for residents, Council has partnered with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to support the region’s young people experiencing financial hardship achieve their higher education goals at the region’s new university campus at The Mill.

The Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) Scholarship awards $8,000 per annum to eligible students commencing studies at the USC Moreton Bay and Caboolture campus. The MBRC Scholarship is designed to support a student to study, and can be expended on costs such as text books, living expenses and travel.

Key dates

Semester 1, 2022 applications open in September 2021 on the University of the Sunshine Coast website.


Prospective students applying for an MBRC Scholarship must:

  • be enrolled as a full-time commencing undergraduate student at USC’s Moreton Bay campus in a single or double degree
  • have been out of school for a maximum of two academic years prior to the academic year a student commences at USC
  • be a resident of the Moreton Bay Regional Council region for a minimum of two years immediately prior to, and at the time of, the application
  • achieve an OP1 – 10 or ATAR equivalent 99-77.35
  • be experiencing financial hardship
  • be a permanent resident of Australia, Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or a permanent Australian Humanitarian Visa holder
  • students wishing to transfer credit from an undergraduate bachelor level course from any higher education provider will not be eligible

How to apply

Applications will open on the University of the Sunshine Coast website in September for 2021 students commencing studies in 2022.

For further information, contact the University of the Sunshine Coast

Frequently asked questions


How much is offered under the MBRC Scholarship?

Successful MBRC Scholarship recipients will receive $8,000 per annum for the duration of their undergraduate degree. For example, should a successful recipient enrol in an approved four-year undergraduate degree at USC’s Moreton Bay campus, the total scholarship amount will equate to $32,000. The MBRC Scholarship will be paid per semester by the University of the Sunshine Coast to successful recipients.

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How will the MBRC Scholarship affect my Youth Allowance or other Centrelink payments?

Centrelink payments should not be affected by receiving an MBRC Scholarship. Scholarships are exempt from the Department of Human Services income test up to a certain amount and the MBRC Scholarship is within that exemption threshold.

It’s recommended students contact the University of the Sunshine Coast or Centrelink to discuss their individual situation.

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How will my MBRC Scholarship application be assessed?

MBRC Scholarship applications will be assessed in accordance with USC’s selection process based on:

  1. demonstrated financial need; financial need is assessed on a student's income, their socio-economic background and other equity circumstances.
  2. demonstrated leadership skills through academic, extra-curricular and/or community contribution.

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