Student Awards & Bursaries

The Nellie Willetts Educational Bursary was established in 1994 through a deed of trust by Eric Gordon Willetts. We manage the bursary for the trust.

A bursary is available to tertiary students in agri-industry. Agri-industry is defined as the entire sector of production, processing and marketing of agricultural products and services including horticulture, agriculture and plant breeding.


  • Nominee’s principal place of residence must be within the TRC area.
  • Nominees must be studying agri-industry at a tertiary institution.

This bursary is offered infrequently and was last offered in 2020.

Presented to graduating students who have achieved academic excellence in their senior year and are intending to undertake tertiary studies ($500 awarded to each secondary school).

Part of our Community Grant Program, this grant supports and acknowledges excellence by youth aged 18 years or under in our region in academic, sporting or cultural activities.

Part of our Community Grant Program, this grant assists youth up to 25 years with the development of innovative projects of community benefit within our region.

Sports Bursary

We are committed to promoting integrated health and wellbeing by supporting the youth in our community.

The Sports Bursary provides financial assistance for Year 11 and 12 athletes who are competing at a state, national or international level, and that are using their experiences to support the development of sport in the local community.

We offer two $650 bursaries every year to local athletes to assist with the costs of competing and developing skills in their sporting field/s.

Applicants must reside in and be completing Year 11 or 12 studies with an education provider located within the Tablelands Regional Council area.

Check the eligibility criteria in the bursary guidelines before submitting your application.

Applications for the 2022 bursary are closed.

2021 Bursary Recipients

Keanu Bowen-Wilson

Keanu is the Malanda State High School school captain and is passionate about his sports, particularly rugby league, touch football and athletics. He has excelled in these sports at regional and state levels and is actively involved in the Malanda Junior Rugby League Club. Keanu is currently playing in the Auswide Mal Meninga Cup for the Northern Pride Under 18 side, which is a start to a promising rugby league career.  

Travis Wadley

Travis has been sailing since he was six-years-old and has received state, national and international recognition at multiple sailing championships. He shares his vast knowledge and experience by volunteering at Tinaroo Sailing Club, teaching others to sail and mentoring new sailors in their sailing careers. Travis recently attained his Australian Sailing Instructor Qualification and was selected for the Australian Sailing Team to attend the 2020 World Championships in Italy.