Tomorrow's leaders pocket thousands in cash

SOME of Queensland's inspiring student leaders and most promising future educators have been announced as the newest recipients of well-known grants and scholarships in recognition of their efforts.

Ten Year 12 students who intend pursuing a career in teaching have each been awarded an Aspiring Teacher Grant which is a one-off payment to help with university expenses while the Pearl Duncan Teaching, named after Australia's first tertiary-educated Aboriginal schoolteacher, will give a number of students of Aboriginal or Torres Island descentsome $20,000 over four years to aid in their studies.

Six Year 12 students who have shown outstanding leadership ability and academic success have walked off with the TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarship valued up to $10,000 with 11 receiving a Highly Commended award and $1000.

"We've set ourselves some very high standards to improve the learning outcomes for Queensland students, and we know that one way to do this is to attract the very best graduates to teaching careers," said Queensland's Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek.

"We have more than 40,000 dedicated, passionate and creative teachers working in our primary and secondary schools, but we're always looking to find more of those special sorts of people who can inspire students to greatness inside and outside the classroom."