William Groom scholarship recipient

We are proud to offer the William Groom Centenary of Toowoomba City Scholarship to 18 - 24 year olds, who are commencing their second or third year of a full time USQ degree course or TAFE Queensland South West diploma. We offer this scholarship as a way to acknowledge young students achievements to the local community. The scholarship provides $5,000 to the successful applicant. Applications are traditionally called in late October each year, with the scholarship winner announced at Toowoomba’s Australia Day ceremony.

The scholarship was established in 2004 to mark the centenary of Toowoomba’s declaration as a city. It honours the many achievements of the municipality’s first mayor William Henry Groom, who served several terms from 1861 before winning seats in the Queensland and Commonwealth Parliaments.


How to apply

To apply for the scholarship, please submit the form below before 5pm on the 1st Monday in December.

Scholarship eligibility

Applicants must be 18 - 24 year olds, who are commencing their second or third year of a full-time USQ degree course or TAFE Queensland South West diploma next year.

Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Sound academic achievement in all subjects attempted in the first and/or second year of their course.
  • A record of community involvement in local organisations that may include sport, arts, cultural and charitable groups.
  • Graduation from a local high school, having attended for two years and reside in the Toowoomba Regional Council area.
  • Intention to continue in a full-time course of study next year.


Current recipient - Cayleb Fidge (photo top right of page)

Eighteen-year-old University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Spatial Science Honours student Cayleb Fidge is the Toowoomba Region 2022 W. H. Groom Scholarship recipient.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio congratulated the former Centenary Heights State High School student on his academic and community service achievements. The prize was presented at today’s (January 26) invitation-only Toowoomba city Australia Day award presentation ceremony at the Civic Square.

Cayleb is entering his second year of a Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours, majoring in Geographic Information Systems) degree at USQ.

He is the recipient of a USQ Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, which is awarded to students based on their Year 12 academic performance.

“My first year of tertiary studies has reinforced my interest in working as a cartographer or in mapping as a GIS officer, possibly in local government,” Cayleb said.

“I enjoy reading maps, along with the added benefit of doing field work.”

Away from his studies, Cayleb is a keen orienteer. Through his involvement with Orienteering Queensland, he has been a participant and coach with the Range Runners and Bullecourt Bounders.

He has participated at local, state and national events, which has built links with fellow orienteers. Apart from competing, Cayleb coaches local clubs, acts as the Bullecourt social media coordinator, is a course-setter and volunteers at club training days.

“Reading maps is a distinct advantage in orienteering and can give me a little advantage over other competitors,” he said.

Cayleb also dedicates time to umpiring AFL Darling Downs matches. A registered AFL umpire for eight years, Cayleb was a goal umpire in the 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2020 men’s AFL Darling Downs grand finals and a field umpire for the AFLDD for the 2019 and 2020 women’s grand finals.

In 2021, Cayleb umpired senior and reserves matches in Brisbane’s QAFL competition. The move paid dividends when he was appointed to the 2021 QAFL Reserves grand final.

“I am proud of my umpiring achievements, but I’m especially proud of the group of friends I have gained from umpiring and greatly enjoy the sense of camaraderie it offers,” Cayleb said.

“I’m very grateful to Council for selecting me for the scholarship. The prize will greatly assist with my study expenses.”

Cayleb receives $5000 in half-yearly payments.

Mayor Antonio said the scholarship highlighted the calibre of students at USQ and the level of specialist study that was occurring in regional Australia.

“Cayleb is achieving top results individually, but also is an active participant in other community activities,” Mayor Antonio said.

“Council is proud to award this scholarship to another worthy young recipient from the Toowoomba Region. Cayleb has a very bright future and I look forward to hearing about his ongoing achievements.”

The scholarship was established in 2004 to mark the centenary of Toowoomba’s proclamation as a city and to honour the achievements of Toowoomba’s first mayor, William Henry Groom. He was elected to represent the Darling Downs in the first Commonwealth Parliament and was responsible for much of the town’s early development.



Previous recipients

  • 2021 Matthew Armanasco
  • 2020 Tom Claydon
  • 2019 Nicole Haeusler
  • 2018 Sally Pomerenke
  • 2017 Emma Terry
  • 2016 Nancy Webb
  • 2015 Emma Rae
  • 2014 Shelby Battaglene
  • 2013 Emily Burton
  • 2012 Lauren England
  • 2011 Matthew Ball
  • 2010 Elise Reichelt
  • 2009 James Laundon
  • 2008 David Hatch
  • 2007 Lacey-Rachelle Millican
  • 2006 Luke Boulus
  • 2005 Leah Hudson
  • 2004 Aeolyn Gwynne