Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Current students

Study area

Health and community


Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications close
13 February 2022

What you'll receive

You'll receive $3,000, paid in two instalments over one year.


You must be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or New Zealand citizen
  • studying full-time
  • starting or completing your final year in any Bachelor of Nursing course in Semester 2, 2022.

You must be studying either:

  • a Bachelor of Nursing
  • any double degree that includes the Bachelor of Nursing.

How to apply

You need to complete the application form and two written tasks:

Email your application and attachments to with the subject line: Joan Penridge Commemorative Award application.

What happens next?

We expect to interview shortlisted applicants in the week starting 21 February 2022.


You must:

  • remain enrolled full-time
  • maintain a passing GPA in all your units
  • write to the Head, School of Nursing, QUT, at the completion of each semester outlining your academic progress

If you're working while you're studying, your paid employment can't interfere with your study program. If your study performance suffers because of your paid work, we may terminate this award.

The award is provided principally for educational purposes.

We've deemed the scholarship to be tax exempt, but the Australian Taxation Office will make the final decision.

About the scholarship

Dr Joan Penridge was a founding member of QUT's School of Nursing when it was established at the former QIT in 1978. Her outstanding commitment as a staff member in the School and the university continued until her untimely death from cancer in 1994. Throughout her academic career, Joan made an enormous contribution to the development of nursing education in Queensland, particularly the transition of undergraduate nursing to the higher education sector.

Joan believed passionately in the importance of education for nurses. Both inside and outside the university, her work was strongly underpinned by her unwavering vision of nursing as both an academic and a practice discipline. For her, the importance of theory and practice working synergistically together could not be underestimated and she worked tirelessly toward the goal of producing theoretically sound and clinically competent nurses. Joan inspired all those who had the good fortune to work with her, and her persistence, tenacity and commitment to the achievement of her vision have left an enduring legacy which continues today.

As part of the School of Nursing's twenty years celebrations in 1998, it was decided to raise funds to establish an endowment fund to be used to support a scholarship to honour Dr Joan Penridge and to help prospective nursing students. Interest earned from the fund is used to finance the Joan Penridge Commemorative Award each year.

Contact us

Faculty of Health Engagement

3138 8210

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