TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarships


Up to 10 TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarships are awarded each year, to support exemplary Queensland students to pursue tertiary studies.

State and non-state secondary schools can nominate one high achieving year 12 student for this award. Nominees should demonstrate outstanding leadership in their school and community and academic excellence.

History of the Scholarship

The TJ Ryan Memorial Medal represents a long-standing tradition of recognising educational achievement in Queensland. The award is a memorial to Thomas Joseph Ryan, former teacher, barrister and Queensland Premier (1915–1919), and are provided to students who demonstrate a strong commitment to high academic achievement and outstanding leadership in both their school and the local community.

From 1927 to 1970, the TJ Ryan Memorial Scholarship was awarded to the student who achieved the highest result in the state scholarship examination. The scholarship program ceased with the end of these public examinations.

In 1993, the TJ Ryan Awards were re-introduced by the Queensland Government. The award was open to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrated academic excellence and who displayed leadership qualities through their achievements in Year 12. From 1996, the awards were expanded to all students who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and academic excellence during their senior years at high school.

In 2003, the award was renamed the TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarships but has also been known as the Premier's Awards and the Lilley Medal. Up to ten TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarships are awarded each year.

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Award details

Each year, the Queensland Department of Education awards:

  • up to 10 TJ Ryan Memorial Medalists:
    • a scholarship of up to $10,000 over 5 years
    • a certificate of recognition
  • up to 5 TJ Ryan Highly Commended awards:
    • a one-off cash payment of $1,000
    • a certificate of recognition
  • up to 20 TJ Ryan Merit awards:
    • a certificate of merit.

How to apply

Step 1: Gather your supporting documents that must be attached to your online application.

  • authority to release Overall Position
  • proof of Australian citizenship/permanent residency status
  • academic/school results for Years 11 and 12
  • tertiary entrance evidence (where study has already commenced)
  • tertiary entrance offer where an early offer has been made
  • 2 written references
  • curriculum vitae/resume

Step 2: Submit your online application on the Smart Jobs website.

Enquiries and further information

Nominations for the 2020 TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarship program are open from the beginning of Term 4 annually and will close at midnight on Friday 13 December 2019.

Specific inquiries should be emailed to or telephone on (07) 3055 2991. ​

Last updated 15 October 2019