19 February 2012
High-achieving Hervey Bay State High School graduate Amy Harm has been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Amy, 17, said she was excited to receive the Rod and Jan Forrester Scholarship in Business, which she will use to pay for textbooks and other tertiary expenses.
“I am very grateful because I really needed the financial assistance to help pay for university costs,” she said.
“I really wanted to study at USC because I love the Sunshine Coast and had heard great things about the University.”
Amy graduated from high school with an OP6, after achieving her highest marks in business and accounting subjects.
She will begin a three-year Commerce degree at USC this week and plans to secure a job with a large, reputable accounting firm when she graduates.
“I’d like to become an accountant or something along those lines,” she said. “Once I have done that, maybe I could manage a bank or help others in financial need.”
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.
“Research has found that USC students work approximately 20 hours a week compared to the national average of about 14 hours,” he said.
“These scholarships are crucial in helping strike a balance between study and work. The University is very grateful to our donors for supporting our students as they pursue their educational goals and future careers.”
— Michelle Widdicombe