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Permission, liberty, or ability to enter or approach.

The Bush Kids Bursary

Distance should not be a barrier to opportunity. Brisbane Boys’ College understands that diversity and strength of character are vital for the continued success of the school and in particular the BBC Boarding House. For BBC, the Bush Kids Bursary is our way of giving back to the rural heartlands: our way of supporting those families living remotely. The bursary is an opportunity for our city students to meet kids from the bush and to learn from the varied aspects they bring to our school. For Jack Heelan, the eldest son in his family, the challenge of leaving his home, Pasha Station, 140 km northeast of Clermont, was lessened when he learned he had been successful in his bursary application. In 1970, Jack’s grandfather, Noel (Jack) graduated from BBC and young Jack feels a strong connection.

Growing up in Monto, about two hours west of Bundaberg, receiving a bursary meant Mitch Salisbury could continue studying music after the only music teacher in his region left.  For the Heelan and Salisbury families, education for their children in an isolated region was always going to come at a greater cost.

Financial support to students from rural and remote areas through bursaries relieves some of these pressures and provides access to a quality education for their sons. The Bush Kids Bursary aims to bring more boys from the bush, like Jack and Mitch, to a home away from home and ensuring access for more regional students to a high-quality education.

Receiving a Bush Kids Bursary, to study and board at Brisbane Boys’ College, has been a life changing experience for Jack.  As a family, we are extremely grateful for being awarded this bursary, it has given Jack the opportunity to complete his secondary studies at school rich with academic, sporting, cultural and social opportunities.  We would like to thank the bursary donors for their overwhelming generous support for Jack and we look forward to watching him learn and grow within the BBC community.

Graham & Kristy Heelan
(BBC Parents)
Jack - Bush Kids Bursary
Mitch - Bush Kids Bursary
Jack Farrell - Bush Kids Bursary Donor

What is the Bush Kids Bursary?

The Bush Kids Bursary is available to boys from rural locations looking to, or who are currently attending BBC. It provides full or partial remission of College boarding and tuition fees for a two-year period for a recipient. Read More

Why was the Bush Kids Bursary created?

In 2014, thanks to the generous support of a BBC Old Boy, the College introduced the Bush Kids Bursary. The aim was to provide an opportunity for a deserving student from a rural background, who has the potential to maximise the benefits of a BBC education. View the 2017 video

How can I make a gift to the Bush Kids Bursary?

Anyone can donate to the Bush Kids Bursary at any time. Your gift of education is tax deductible* and can be made online, by direct deposit or by cheque. Contact the Development Office at BBC for further information.

How can I apply for the Bush Kids Bursary?

The application process is easy and remains confidential. Apply for the Bush Kids Bursary here. All Bursary applications, acceptance and offers remain confidential at BBC. Our bursary recipients and families represented in our Annual Appeal have graciously allowed us to tell their stories to promote the benefits of giving the gift of education.

*The BBC Foundation Ltd is a registered Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and donations greater than $2 may be tax deductible for anyone subject to Australian Taxation Law.