QAL encouragement award recipient Hayden Holley, QAL human resources manager Brian Swart and QAL Scholarship winner Emma Owbridge.
QAL encouragement award recipient Hayden Holley, QAL human resources manager Brian Swart and QAL Scholarship winner Emma Owbridge. Contributed

QAL scholarships give CQU students a financial boost

TWO Gladstone students received financial help as well as important industry contacts while taking out this year's Queensland Alumina Ltd scholarships.

Emma Owbridge and Hayden Holley, both 18, are finishing their first years of study at CQUniversity.

Emma, who was awarded the 2013 QAL Scholarship on Wednesday, will receive $5000 each year to help her complete her environmental science degree.

Hayden received a $1000 encouragement award to help him with his Bachelor of Engineering studies.

QAL general manager Mike Dunstan said the QAL scholarship invested in Gladstone's future by assisting local students to develop skills to help grow the community into the future.