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Published on 20 February 2012

20 February 2012

Life as a University of the Sunshine Coast student is off to a great start for North Bundaberg State High School graduate Kerry-Anne Turner.

The OP2 student received a $12,000 USC scholarship last Monday and will begin her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree today – which just happens to be her birthday.

Kerry-Anne, who was awarded a Tim Fairfax Regional Scholarship at USC’s 2012 Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony, said the funding boost had provided her with a wonderful start to her academic ventures.

“I really appreciate receiving the scholarship as the money will definitely help me out with accommodation expenses and to pay for university fees and textbooks,” she said.

“I’m also turning 19 on my first day at university, which is pretty cool.”

Two Tim Fairfax Regional Scholarships are awarded by USC each year to high-achieving students from rural or remote areas of Queensland.

Kerry-Anne spent last year working in retail during her “gap year”. She graduated from high school in 2010 with top scores in English, Legal Studies and Accounting, and with a strong record of helping others.

“I was involved immensely with the school community, in things like peer mediation and anti-bullying, Year 8 transition days and also as a house captain,” she said.

“I am a people person, which is one of the reasons I chose to do Occupational Therapy, which is a very hands-on career.”

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

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