Geelong student gains $12,000 scholarship

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Geelong student gains $12,000 scholarship

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Published on 19 February 2012

19 February 2012

High-achieving Sacred Heart College graduate Harriet Smith has earned a $12,000 Chancellor’s Scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Harriet, 18, who graduated last year with an impressive Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of 99, said she was honoured to receive the prestigious scholarship.

She said she was looking forward to enjoying the relaxed Sunshine Coast lifestyle as she begins her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics degree on Monday (20 February).

“I have an interest in food science and I think there are a lot of future research possibilities in that area,” Harriet said.

“I think the growing nation needs more education with health and better information about what we should be eating.

“When I was surf lifesaving in Victoria, I really enjoyed the healthy living that comes with that, and also looking after people. So I’d like to direct that interest into nutrition.”

Harriet said she would use the scholarship funds to help cover her living expenses while she is studying.

USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said University awarded scholarships, bursaries and prizes each year to reward academic excellence and to support students financially 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

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