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.

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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 schools nominate their candidate

Each Queensland secondary school can submit one only nominee.

  • Review the Nomination Guidelines provided
  • Schools determine their one nominee
  • Review the nomination process with the selected nominee to prepare a nomination

Student nominee submits the nomination.

  • Gather all supporting documents (as listed in the Scholarship Checklist provided)
  • Visit Smart Jobs to nominate yourself for the scholarship
  • Click the green ‘apply online’ button at the bottom of that page to proceed – you may need to create an account
  • When logged in to the Smart Jobs account, complete the online questionnaire and upload all required supporting documents
  • Submit nomination by the closing date
Nominate your candidate for the scholarship via Smart Jobs​.

Enquiries and further information

Nominations for the 2022 TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarship program are open during Term 4.

​Students interested in being considered should discuss with their school principal as this program is a nomination process and each secondary school is only able to nominate 1 student.

Nominations will close at midnight on Friday 10 December 2021.

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

2021 award recipients


  • Angela Chen, Brisbane State High School
  • Angie Zhou, Queensland Academy for Health Sciences
  • Amber Hinz, Charleville State High School
  • Giulia Pilat, St Stephen's Catholic College
  • Gnu Kim, Peace Lutheran College
  • Isabella Muckalt, St Monica's College
  • Sansuka De Silva, The Rockhampton Grammar School
  • Lachlan Bryson, Varsity College
  • Laura McLennan, Albany Creek State High School
  • Liam Newlands, Mareeba State High School

Highly commended

  • Allison Litke, Mueller College
  • Benjamin Rogers, Stanthorpe State High School
  • Brianna Reeves, Mansfield State High School
  • Caitlyn Hanrahan, Maryborough State High School
  • Eloise Plant, North Lakes State College
  • Kento Seki, All Saints Anglican School
  • Sophie Waples, Warwick State High School


  • Adelaide Lapere, Emmaus College (Park Avenue)
  • Ashleigh Richardson, Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School
  • Chloe Glen, Robina State High School
  • Cody Hassum, Aspley State High School
  • Dariel Suri, Lockyer District State High School
  • Georgie Scouller, Fairholme College
  • Jessie-May Volz, Isis District State High School
  • Kayla Beeston, Bundaberg North State High School
  • Kelly Meinicke, Ayr State High School
  • Kylie Vecchio, Innisfail State College
  • Lateisha Hurst, Noosa District State High School
  • Mia Seefeld Gorman, Chancellor State College
  • Miranda McDean, Pimpama State Secondary College
  • Nova Christie, Bracken Ridge State High School
  • Olivia Almond, Kingaroy State High School
  • Paolo Zammit, Cairns State High School
  • Rachel Henney, Ingham State High School
  • Seth Graham, Nambour State College
  • Toby Newell, Westside Christian College
  • Zach Norton, Northern Beaches State High School
Last updated 05 October 2021