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2017 Scholarship and Grants Ceremony

On Monday 5 June, the University of South Australia held the 2017 Scholarships and Grants Ceremony to acknowledge student recipients and celebrate their successes, as well as thank the generous donors for their ongoing support.

This year 130 scholarships, grants, and prizes were awarded, all which contribute towards advancing opportunity in higher education. These are tomorrow’s nurses, teachers, and engineers, coming from every corner of the globe and all walks of life to pursue their dreams at UniSA.

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Each student has an individual journey – many have personal hurdles to overcome - and unique goals they are striving towards. We have highlighted just a few of their aspirations below:

Naomi Richards

Naomi Richards (Belinda Jeffreys Human Resource Management Scholarship)

“The reason I chose to study Human Resource Management is because I have a strong passion for people. I believe this career path gives me the opportunity to help others achieve their goals and to help them be the best they can be. There aren’t many career paths that allow you to find extraordinary people and put them in their dream job. Not many careers help you to encourage and develop people into the world’s future leaders either, and this is what human resource management allows you to do. It’s not just about ‘performance management’ and disciplining people, it is about helping the world to become a better place by encouraging people to love the job they work in.

I aim to stay on the path of being a HR Generalist where I can eventually become a HR Business Partner, working for a company that has a supportive environment that fosters the growth and development of its employees.”

Damber Bajgai (David Pank Colleage Diploma Scholarship)

Damber Bajgai (David Pank Colleage Diploma Scholarship)

“I am from Nepal and migrated to Australia in 2009 with my whole family under the humanitarian visa. Since moving to Australia I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to attend school and be able to set my educational goals for a future career. I am highly passionate about the information technology world and wish to study hard throughout my university life to be successful.”

 

Macaleah Watkins (David Pank Northern Areas High Achiever Scholarship)

Macaleah Watkins (David Pank Northern Areas High Achiever Scholarship)

“As I am the first of my family to achieve university entry, I have a strong drive to excel in my studies and also in my practicing field. This scholarship allows me to continue my university studies beyond my education degree and potentially further myself within this field, without financial constraint. I am extremely grateful for this rare opportunity and want to ensure the donors that providing the scholarship is an investment for not only myself but also for my future students I will one day teach.”

James Snowball (Rural Reconnect Relocation Scholarship)

James Snowball (Rural Reconnect Relocation Scholarship)

“My family and I moved to Australia five years ago after living across multiple countries in Africa and Asia. Due to the nature of our living arrangements abroad, I often found myself flying across the world to visit family. It was during these long haul flights that my passion for aviation blossomed. Mum and Dad identify that despite our financial difficulties, a well rooted education is something that will set one up for life.

After receiving this scholarship, I hope to return to Kangaroo Island Community Education to help the students understand that with a bit of hard work and perseverance, they too will be able to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves. I aim to connect and share the importance of a good education for our futures. I hope to educate the future students on the idea that, despite the fear of moving away from home, the skills and qualities one can learn through the schooling system is most certainly invaluable.”

Nikita Charlton (Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal Scholarship - sponsored by Department of State Development)

Nikita Charlton (Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal Scholarship - sponsored by Department of State Development)

“I am an Aboriginal woman with heritage from Wilcannia area, my family migrated to western Sydney and continue to play a big role in the Tharawal community. I believe that it was my family’s commitment to their community that helped encourage my decision to pursue social work and excel in my studies.


I am hoping that by completing this degree I will gain knowledge and lifelong skills to work in rural and remote communities around Australia. I would like to help promote equality and encourage young Australians to access services required to assist them to break down barriers to their education and gain a better quality of life.”

John Boxer (Goodes O’Loughlin UniSA GO Scholarship)

John Boxer (Goodes O’Loughlin UniSA GO Scholarship)

“I came to university as a mature-aged student with the goal of working within an elite and professional sports environment. Having played sports all my life, I developed a passion for being physically active and helping people. I aspire to help, educate, support and train the younger generation, possibly influencing their journey towards competing at an elite level. Further on, I also would like to engage in research within professional sports to help improve the science of human performance.”

By donating to UniSA’s Scholarship Fund, you will give a bright student the helping hand they need to follow their dreams and do something remarkable. Every single dollar goes directly to changing the life of a student. Visit: www.unisa.edu.au/scholarshipfund

In addition, the University continues to work with donors to establish new opportunities for students. If you would like information about creating a named scholarship, grant or prize please call 08 8302 7030.

 

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