17 February 2012
A high-achieving Suncoast Christian College graduate, who had a special experience of university life last year, has been awarded a $6,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Merit scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Heinrich Wilsenach, 17, of Bli Bli, was one of 56 scholarship recipients to be honoured at USC’s Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony on Monday 13 February.
Heinrich said he chose to study a combined degree in Business and Science at USC after participating in the University’s Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) program last year.
This program saw him assist a Korean PhD student, Cao Dinh Hung, in research into growing native tropical hardwood trees from synthetic seeds.
“I chose to study at USC because of its reputation,” he said. “It’s the fastest-growing university in Australia and when I did some work with PICSE, the science group, I was really motivated to study here.”
Heinrich, who moved to Australia from South Africa in 2006, graduated with an Overall Position of 5 and lists economics, physical education and biology as his academic strengths.
He said the $6,000 scholarship would ease financial pressures on him so he could concentrate on studying.
“I was very surprised that I got the scholarship and I am very grateful,” Heinrich said.
“The money will cover some of my basic expenses, like textbooks, so I can focus on studying and spend less time working.”
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the University awarded scholarships, bursaries and prizes each year to reward academic excellence and to support students with financial assistance during their studies.
“The University is very grateful to our donors for supporting our students as they pursue their educational goals and future careers,” he said.
— Michelle Widdicombe