EDUCATION EXCELLENCE: Biloela student Ebony Urquhart was the first Queensland student to earn a $20,000 Harding Miller Education Foundation scholarship.
EDUCATION EXCELLENCE: Biloela student Ebony Urquhart was the first Queensland student to earn a $20,000 Harding Miller Education Foundation scholarship. Glen Porteous

Biloela student scores a state first

BILOELA High School student Ebony Urquhart has become the first person in Queensland to receive a $20,000 scholarship from the Harding Miller Education Foundation.

Hundreds of high school students applied for the scholarships across Australia and Ebony was selected as one of the 87 winners for 2019.

A GREAT work ethic and study has paid off for Year 9 student Ebony Urquhart who is the first person in Queensland to be awarded the four year academic scholarship.

"I was a bit surprised I got the award because heaps of other students put in for it,” Ms Urquhart said. "It will help to pay for my school expenses and tutoring.

"When I finish high school I might do something with law because I have an interest in human rights.

"Or start up businesses for allergy sufferers because I know of some people who have problems with them.”

The four-year scholarships are awarded to students in Years 9-12 with each recipient required to show accountability and commitment throughout the program.

The Harding Miller Education Foundation congratulated Ebony on her success.

"At the Harding Miller Education Foundation we are focused on providing talented, hard-working and high achieving young Australian women with tools, resources and support to help them reach their full potential,” executive director Cara Varian said.

"Ebony is very well deserved of the four-year scholarship and we are sure it will help her achieve success and put her in a position to fulfil her tertiary education and career aspirations after school.”