The Mario Bortolanza Regional Scholarship is to support a  student from regional, rural and remote Queensland, commencing an undergraduate music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU).

The Mario Bortolanza Regional Scholarship has been established in honour of the late Mr Mario Bortolanza of Ingham Queensland.

Maximum value (paid in instalments) –

  • $15,000 for Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Musical Theatre (240CP/3-year degree)
  • $20,000 for Bachelor of Music in Performance (320CP/4-year degree)

Applications close- 4 pm Friday 29 January 2021

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be offered and accepted to study at QCGU, commencing study in 2021, in an undergraduate music degree - Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Performance, or Bachelor of Musical Theatre
  • be relocating from a rural, regional or remote location in Queensland where you have resided for a minimum 2 years prior to study at QCGU. The University uses the Australian Bureau of Statistics Map
  • be an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • not be in receipt of any other Griffith University scholarship that serves the same core purpose

What do I include in my application?

To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application:

Study details

  • Secondary education history
  • Program preferences


  • Leadership and community - include school leadership position/s.
  • Referee - should be a person that can comment, in support, on your musical practice, or community involvement (can be included as an uploaded document)

Personal background

  • Income and Expenditure
  • Scholarships
  • Circumstances – Relocation


  • Personal statements
    • Career goals and aims – Why have you selected the degree?
    • Community involvement – outline your level of active involvement in community, either music or other activities undertaken
    • Experiences – outline your work history, and/or musical experiences. (can be uploaded as an attachment)
    • Scholarship benefit – How will the scholarship impact your studies, in terms of your career aspirations and the development of your musical practice?

You should upload the following in the supporting documentation section. (Please use only the following formats- pdf, word, jpeg or excel. We can only guarantee these formats will be accepted)

  • Other: please upload a listing of your musical achievements and evidence or statement about financial need.
  • You can also upload a letter of support

The ranking you achieved through your QCGU audition entry process will also be considered.

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  • The 2021 scholarship is valued at $5,000 per year, paid in two equal instalments after the census date in Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 only. The maximum value of the scholarship is dependent on the length of the degree for which the scholarship has been awarded;
    • $15,000 for the 3-year Bachelor of Music degree, or Bachelor of Musical Theatre degree
    • $20,000 for the 4-year Bachelor of Musical Performance degree

Payment are made up to six weeks after the Census Date subject to maintaining ongoing eligibility requirements.

Sponsor Details

The Mario Bortolanza Regional Scholarship is to be established in honour of the late Mr Mario Bortolanza of Ingham Queensland.

Mario was passionate about music his whole life starting with his early life in Innisfail in regional Queensland – learning piano to Grade 4 AMEB, playing tenor horn in Innisfail Brass Band and Innisfail Concert Band. He enjoyed being part of The Con Innisfail young performers playing the lead in their musical “Oliver”.

After graduating from University of Qld as a dentist, he bought himself a euphonium and played in Herbert River District Band at community events for over 20 years while living in Ingham. Mario’s service to the community was recognised in 2017 when he received the Australia Day Senior Cultural Award from the Hinchinbrook Shire Council. He passed onto his wife and three sons an appreciation of music, which is one of his greatest gifts to them.

Mario was supported in his study of dentistry in Brisbane through a generous scholarship. This scholarship honours that support given as a student from a regional area and his love of music.

To remain eligible for the scholarship, you will be required to;

  • maintain cumulative career GPA of 5.5 or above. (Should you not achieve the required GPA, you must agree to the terms and conditions of a ‘learning contract’ for a period of one (1) trimester.  At the expiration of this ‘learning contract’, should you not achieve a cumulative career GPA of 5.5 or higher, the Scholarship is terminated.)
  • remain enrolled full time in the degree for which the scholarship was awarded.
  • not hold any other Griffith University academic scholarship that serves the same core purpose.

The above conditions are verified each trimester at Census date. If a scholarship recipient fails to successfully meet these conditions, it is at the discretion of the Scholarship Selection Committee to withhold the trimester instalment or terminate the scholarship. The recipient must show cause to Student Financial Support why the scholarship should not be terminated.

The scholarship is held for the duration of the undergraduate degree for which the scholarship was awarded, Bachelor of Music (3 year), Bachelor of Musical Theatre (3 years), or Bachelor of Music Performance (4 year).

You may defer the acceptance of the scholarship, or the continuation, due to extenuating circumstances substantiated by a medical certificate, deferment must not exceed 12 months. Thereafter any outstanding scholarship monies will be forfeited.

Applications must be completed and submitted by the closing date.

Offers are made via email.

Applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information.

Griffith University reserves the right to withdraw an advertised scholarship at any time.