Published on 12 February 2012
12 February 2012
Yandina sisters Vanessa and Delia Evans will each receive prestigious academic scholarships from the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (Monday 13 February).
The siblings, who were consecutive school captains of Nambour State High School and who share a love of netball and music, will also share the limelight at USC’s annual Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony from 10.30-11.30am.
Vanessa, 19, will receive one of three $12,000 Renouf Family Scholarships, while Delia, 17, is this year’s recipient of the Sunshine Coast Daily Kathleen McArthur Memorial Scholarship, valued at $3,500.
Delia graduated with an OP7 last year and will study a Bachelor of Environmental Science, while Vanessa scored an OP1 in 2010 and will undertake USC’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
They will begin their degrees later this month and are set to attend some of the same core subjects.
Delia said she was looking forward to studying at USC and having her sister on campus.
“It’s going to be pretty cool studying together, although a little weird to be in the same class as my older sister,” she said.
Vanessa, who began studying a dual Science/Arts degree in Brisbane last year, said she decided to change universities after attending USC’s Open Day last August.
“I really wanted to stay on the Sunshine Coast because I love it here,” she said. “Everyone at the Open Day was really friendly, and because the campus is smaller, it feels more personal and more connected.
“I’m really thrilled to receive the scholarship because it means I can save enough money to pay off my course fees as I go.”
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the provision of scholarships was an important way for the University and the community to reward academic excellence.
“The University is very grateful to our donors for supporting our students as they pursue their educational goals."
— Michelle Widdicombe