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Once again Business Teachers, under the auspices of the Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund and the Business Liaison Association, have much pleasure in offering Accounting students from Cardwell to the Cape the opportunity to apply for the KEITH GOODWIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS in SENIOR ACCOUNTING AND BUSINESS. These prestigious awards have been offered annually since 1991, and continues to receive excellent support from the Accounting profession and other interested organisations.

Keith Goodwin, Mayor of Cairns at the time of his tragic death, had been a Commercial Teacher in the early part of his working life.  Each year his memory is honoured by these awards, which are directed towards the university education of students who have excelled in this field and who wish to continue their study of business-related subjects.

Would you please help our committee by informing your Year 12 Accounting students about this award, as well as encouraging their participation?

Attached to this letter is a package which provides comprehensive information about the application process.  While the Keith Goodwin Scholarship is the key award, a range of other valuable awards are also offered to students.  These are outlined on Page 6 of the application package.

We request that you nominate at least one student (two maximum) from your Senior Accounting class. Each entry should be accompanied with the enclosed application details. To assist with covering associated administrative costs including postage, printing certificates, and the supply of refreshments on the day of the interviews, payment of $88 per school (including GST) should be directed to the Business Liaison Association.  A Tax Invoice will be forwarded following the receipt of applications. Interviews will take place on Saturday, 9 October 2021 from noon (12pm) to approximately 4pm at the Rydges Esplanade Resort, 209 Abbott Street Cairns. 

We hope that this will be a rewarding experience for all applicants who are short-listed for interviews.  If an applicant is unable to attend the interview e.g. living in a remote location, arrangements will be made for the applicant to be interviewed via an online meeting platform.  We do encourage students from remote schools to apply.  Your support, and written endorsement on the completed application/s forms, will ensure that no suitable candidate is overlooked.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to attend the Awards Presentation on 30 November 2021 at Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns, starting at 5.30pm.

Many thanks,

Mr Tyrone Gordon
Scholarship Coordinator 2021
Accounting Teacher
Cairns State High School, Cairns


Application Guidelines


Please read through the accompanying documents and check the following:


  1. Applicants must be currently studying Year 12 Accounting


  1. Applicants should have a minimum average level of achievement of 65% across all completed Internal Assessment in Accounting certified by their teacher (to be checked at interview stage)


  • This calculation is the students score on any eligible internal assessment divided by the total possible points available.  For Accounting this should be a 34/50 average.


  1. Discuss the application with your Accounting teacher who may be able to offer assistance and mentoring


  1. Complete your application on Pages 2 and 3 by typing all the required information as follows:


  • your personal information and contact details


  • current, updated levels of achievement in ALL your subjects at Senior level


  • name and email contact of your Accounting teacher


  • preferences and plans for university education


  • career plans and ambitions


  • statement


  • special considerations (if applicable)


You must include a brief Resume (maximum of two pages) with additional information not already included in your application.


Do not forget the payment arrangements. Sometimes schools will pay for students, but you may need to cover the entry fee yourself.  Check with your Accounting teacher as to the arrangements in place at your school.


Closing Date: Saturday 9th October, 2021


1. 1 - Email to Accounting Teachers.docx

2. 2 - Keith Goodwin Application 2021.docx

For more details, please contact the coordinator shown below:

Coordinator: Mr Tyrone Gordon Cairns State High School