Toowoomba business student Kristelle McCleverty is celebrating a Distinction to a Bachelor of Commerce degree this week after winning a scholarship with Power Tynan.

Kristelle is the latest student to benefit from the scholarship program run by Power Tynan in co-operation with the University of Southern Queensland.

"It's an exciting moment after four years of study," said Kristelle.

"I joined the Power Tynan program straight out of school and began full-time work while studying part time.”

"There hasn't been much time for relaxation since then, so I'm looking forward to a little more time for shopping and working on the house I bought just two months ago with my sister."

Her sister, Sammi McCleverty, is also going through our scholarship program.

The program was set up by CEO Paul Hilton and our management team in 2010, offering Year 12 students the opportunity to work and study a business degree with USQ.

"We pay them a salary, provide mentoring and time off for study and exams. Importantly, we cover their entire HELP fees for every subject they pass," explained Paul.

"The scholarship program works in two important ways for us. Most important, it is our way of giving something vital back to the community that supports us. Second, it means we have a team of young, enthusiastic accountants coming through the business and the profession."

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas said industry partners are important to the support and development of future University graduates.

Kristelle McCleverty proudly displays her Bachelor of Commerce certificate.

“USQ is grateful for the scholarship opportunity Power Tynan has provided to our students,” Professor Thomas said.

“The program’s value is not only through its financial component, but also the industry relationship students can build upon with Power Tynan to help establish their future career which provides an invaluable experience.”

For Kristelle, it is the next step in her career.

"One day I would like to work as an accountant or financial controller in the corporate sector," she said.

In the meantime, she is back at work, helping our clients and settling in to her new home.