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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Palaszczuk Government's inaugural Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM scholarship awarded

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Palaszczuk Government's inaugural Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM scholarship awarded

    An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenager studying a Bachelor of Information Technology at QUT is the inaugural recipient of a STEM.I.AM scholarship.

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch announced today (Friday) that 17-year-old Eva Hopewell, a first-year QUT student, is the inaugural recipient of the scholarship.

    “The scholarship, part of Advance Queensland’s STEM.I.AM initiative, aims to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) university courses,” Ms Enoch said.

    “Despite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people being some of the state’s most talented and creative, only 115 students enrolled in STEM courses at Queensland universities last year.

    “The program will shine a light on the achievements of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in STEM to inspire self-belief, foster inclusion and encourage students to go to school, stay in school and undertake STEM-related courses at university.

    “This initiative ensures young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have every opportunity to actively shape their future and prepare for jobs of the future.”

    Ms Hopewell will use the $10,000 scholarship to pay for tuition fees and textbooks.

    “Attending QUT’s Science and Infrastructure Development Winter School in 2014 and 2015 gave me the opportunity to explore applications of STEM in different working environments and inspired me to pursue a career in this field,” she said.

    “The Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM scholarship will assist me financially and allow me to concentrate on my studies without having to supplement my income with part-time or casual work.

    “Upon completion of my degree, I hope to make my mark on the world by running my own technology company that creates positive change for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

    “I hope to influence and inspire other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who hope to have a career in STEM to pursue tertiary studies, especially young girls.”

    Acting Executive Dean of QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty Professor John Bell congratulated Eva and welcomed the initiative.

    “This scholarship opens up a wide range of exciting career paths to someone who may not otherwise have the means to pursue tertiary study,” Professor Bell said.

    “STEM skills such as programming and robotics are in high demand now and will become more so as the pace of digital disruption increases. It’s important that young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have opportunities to participate in and contribute to this technological revolution.”

    Advance Queensland is the Palaszczuk Government's $405 million whole-of-government initiative focusing on harnessing innovation to unlock business potential, growing our regions, fostering new industries, and giving future generations the necessary skills and knowledge for the jobs of tomorrow.

    A panel comprising representatives from QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty and Oodgeroo Unit assessed applications and responses to the selection criteria to determine the scholarship recipient.

    The Queensland Government is also working with Central Queensland University to offer a one-year scholarship worth $10,000 for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students under the next round of STEM.I.AM scholarships.

    For more information: http://advance.qld.gov.au/uni-researchers/stemiam.aspx

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