Celebrating 10 years of the UQ Young Achievers Program

5 November 2018

2018 marks 10 years of the UQ Young Achievers Program (UQYAP).

In that time, more than 900 Young Achievers have participated in the program, which broadens tertiary education aspirations and career options of students who might not otherwise consider university by actively engaging and mentoring them throughout their academic journey and beyond.

At the annual Welcome and Celebration Event on Wednesday 24 October, past students, mentors and staff reflected on the past decade of supporting Queensland state high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds to reach tertiary education.  

Adam, from the rural Queensland town of Stanthorpe, shares his experience as part of the Young Achievers Program and how the scholarship changed his life.

Hannah is from the regional Queensland town of Toowoomba, and is a soon-to-be high school graduate entering UQ with the support of the Young Achievers Program.

UQ established the Young Achievers Program with the financial support of two of our extraordinary alumni and philanthropists, Andrew Brice AM and Graeme Wood AM, who shared the belief that a university education should be a realistic dream for all young people in Queensland.

Since then a further $10 million has been donated to support Young Achievers, with a significant portion of that coming from UQ staff payroll donors. This generosity has provided much-needed assistance for our students as they embark on the journey of fulfilling their tertiary study and life ambitions.

Read a first-hand account of how the UQ Young Achievers Program has been changing students’ lives for 10 years.