William Groom Scholarship

William Groom scholarship recipient 2018 - Sally Pomerenke

We are proud to offer the William Groom Centenary of Toowoomba City Scholarship to 18 - 24 year olds, who are commencing their second or third year of a full time USQ degree course or TAFE Queensland South West diploma. We offer this scholarship as a way to acknowledge young students achievements to the local community. The scholarship provides $5,000 to the successful applicant. Applications are traditionally called in late October each year, with the scholarship winner announced at Toowoomba’s Australia Day ceremony.

The scholarship was established in 2004 to mark the centenary of Toowoomba’s declaration as a city. It honours the many achievements of the municipality’s first mayor William Henry Groom, who served several terms from 1861 before winning seats in the Queensland and Commonwealth Parliaments.


How to apply

To apply for the scholarship, please submit the form below before 5pm on the 1st Monday in December.

Scholarship - William Groom application form (online)

Scholarship - William Groom application form (for print)


Scholarship eligibility

Applicants must be 18 - 24 year olds, who are commencing their second or third year of a full-time USQ degree course or TAFE Queensland South West diploma next year.

Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Sound academic achievement in all subjects attempted in the first and/or second year of their course.
  • A record of community involvement in local organisations that may include sport, arts, cultural and charitable groups.
  • Graduation from a local high school, having attended for two years and reside in the Toowoomba Regional Council area.
  • Intention to continue in a full-time course of study next year.


Current recipient - Sally Pomerenke (photo top left of page)

Sally’s leadership in the community extends far beyond her nursing studies.

The 19 year old says that she hopes to one day use her degree to work in developing countries.

Since she was 15, Sally has passionately fundraised for, and worked with, Destiny Rescue, an organisation she has been interested in since she was 10.

Destiny Rescue is an internationally-recognised Christian, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing children trapped in the sex trade. Through this organisation Sally has done mission work in Thailand spending time with rescued girls.

On a local level, Sally volunteers with Pittsworth Kids Games, an organisation set up to create a safe environment for primary school children to attend during school holidays.

Sally has also been a leader in the Buddy Mentoring Program at USQ’s McGregor College.

Through the college community Sally has also promoted blood donation through the McGregor Shield challenge. 

Sally has been recognised for her work at McGregor College through awards such as the Most Valuable Person Award, Community Leadership Award and the Residential Life Award, an award which is presented to a resident who displays commitment to the college community and improves the quality of life at the College for other residents through their actions.

Sally this year travelled to Vietnam with a team of USQ Nursing and Midwifery students to join with local health workers providing primary healthcare in rural hospitals.


Previous recipients

  • 2017 Emma Terry
  • 2016 Nancy Webb
  • 2015 Emma Rae
  • 2014 Shelby Battaglene
  • 2013 Emily Burton
  • 2012 Lauren England
  • 2011 Matthew Ball
  • 2010 Elise Reichelt
  • 2009 James Laundon
  • 2008 David Hatch
  • 2007 Lacey-Rachelle Millican
  • 2006 Luke Boulus
  • 2005 Leah Hudson
  • 2004 Aeolyn Gwynne
Last Updated: Thursday, 05 April 2018 09:30
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