Academic Staff Scholarships
The Academic Scholarships are annual scholarships (one round yearly) providing financial support to participate in relevant Undergraduate or Post Graduate studies offered through university or the VET sector.
These scholarships are designed to assist staff to undertake study or research and attend relevant study tours.
The Academic Staff Scholarship is now open and closes on December 30.
The Mike Kelly Educational Bursary
The funding available for academic scholarships includes the annual Mike Kelly Academic Scholarship (awarded annually) which is valued up to $5,000 with an additional $10,000 available this round for Post and Undergraduate Scholarships up to $1,000.
Mike Kelly has been Chairman of Wishlist since it’s inception in 1998.
The Mike Kelly Academic Scholarship is designed to enable Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service staff to apply for financial support to participate in relevant Undergraduate or Post Graduate studies offered through university or the VET sector.
Mental Health and Addiction Services Clinical Nurse Consultant Jayne MacLachlan was awarded the annual Mike Kelly Academic Scholarship for 2016.
Ms MacLachlan is undertaking her Masters in Nurse Practitioner studies, giving the employee the opportunity to further her education.
"I am very grateful for being awarded the Mike Kelly scholarship," she said.
"Completing a degree is an expensive venture which I thought was out of my reach. With a growing family and a never ending stream of bills coming in, the expenses involved in studying was not high on the financial priority list - just the wish list.
"Some of my work colleagues encouraged me to apply for the Mike Kelly scholarship to further my education. The process of applying gave me the opportunity to reflect on what my future goals were and why I wanted to study.
"Studying has been a very steep learning curve at times for me and has pushed me out of my comfort zone on many occasions. It has made a difference to how I approach my nursing role improving patient care and health outcomes. I still have another year to go, but I have to admit that so far, it has given me more confidence in my role as a nurse.
"I would definitely encourage my colleagues to apply."
Photo: Mike Kelly with Jayne MacLachlan in 2016.