The QCoal Foundation has joined forces with James Cook University to help hundreds of students to recover from the North Queensland floods.
QCoal Foundation will provide a $20,000 donation to bring the JCU Student Disaster Relief Fund to more than $50,000.
The QCoal Foundation funding is part of a $100,000 special purpose grant program to support long-term rebuilding efforts in communities impacted by the flooding in north-west Queensland.
“The QCoal Foundation is proud to be a leading contributor to the recently-created JCU Student Disaster Relief Fund, which will provide financial assistance to students adversely impacted by the recent floods,” QCoal Foundation chairman Christopher Wallin said.
“The QCoal Foundation and JCU have a long-term, strong partnership which includes the QCoal Foundation Scholarship and, previously, the Regional Experience Program, so this support is a natural extension of that partnership.
“At the QCoal Foundation, we have a strong reputation for working in partnership with highly respected organisations to address community need, so we naturally turned to our local partners in responding to the flood impacts.
“Our directors are in the process of reviewing the applications for this year’s QCoal Foundation Scholarship and have identified an increased number of students who had flagged economic challenges in preparing to attend university, even before the impact of this unforeseen weather event.”
JCU’s director of advancement Toni Lawrence said it was very grateful to its long-term partner for the commitment.
“JCU has received numerous calls from students enquiring about support, so we have moved quickly to set up this new fund and we are delighted that the QCoal Foundation has committed some of its special purpose flood grant program in support,” Ms Lawrence said.