USC students gain Indigenous scholarships

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USC students gain Indigenous scholarships

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Published on 8 August 2012

8 August 2012

A Biomedical Science student and a postgraduate Arts student have been awarded Indigenous scholarships to help pursue their careers through the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Beerwah State High School graduate Dylan Shaw, 19, who is in the second year of her Biomedical Science degree, has received the Australian Rotary Health’s Indigenous Health Scholarship worth $5,000.

And 32-year old Jamie Hagan of Bokarina, who will complete a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Indigenous Studies) this year, has gained a USC Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship valued at $4,000.

For both students, the scholarships have reduced the financial pressures associated with studying.

“What it means is that I don’t have to work full-time while studying,” Jamie said. “I will only work 50 hours a fortnight, which gives me a few free days each week to concentrate on my full-time study load.”

Jamie graduated from USC in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business. He achieved a Diploma of Primary Education from Charles Darwin University last year and returned to USC to study Indigenous Studies this year.

“My aim is to use my postgraduate studies at USC to work in Indigenous relations for Rio Tinto in northern Western Australia,” he said.

Dylan, of Glasshouse Mountains, is equally ambitious.

“I will apply for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cadetship with the Australian Federal Police this year so I can work in forensics,” she said.

Last year, Dylan received USC’s first Jalarema Indigenous Scholarship and USC’s Indigenous Access Scholarship.

Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Biochemisty Dr Mark Holmes said Dylan was a worthy scholarship recipient.

“Dylan is a high-achieving student in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program who has expressed a keen interest in specialising in either forensic science or clinical trial management,” he said.

Michelle Widdicombe

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