Published on 2 July 2012
2 July 2012
Accepting a prestigious scholarship from Australia’s Governor-General in Canberra on Friday (29 June) has been described as a life-changing moment by University of the Sunshine Coast student Glen Malthouse.
The third-year Bachelor of Education / Bachelor of Human Services student is one of only seven recipients of the Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarships for 2012.
The scholarships are awarded to one Indigenous teaching student from each State and Territory each year and are valued at $25,000 a year, for up to four years, to assist with study costs.
Mr Malthouse, 37, said he was thrilled to be Queensland’s scholarship recipient after undergoing a lengthy application process, which required him to submit a 2,500-word essay and references, and make a presentation to a panel of three decision-makers.
“Gaining this scholarship has changed my life,” he said.
“My wife and I have five children so this will alleviate the financial stress of me studying full-time and her studying part-time.”
Mr Malthouse said scholarship recipients would be required to act as role models for Indigenous students and, in doing so, raise their educational expectations.
He said his previous involvement with USC’s Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) program had put him in good stead for this role.
“Being a mentor for Indigenous students is a pretty big part in accepting this scholarship,” he said.
The former trade-qualified offset printer completed USC’s Tertiary Pathway Preparation (TPP) program in 2009 and chose to study for a tertiary degree to guarantee job security.
“When I lost my job after the global financial crisis, I decided I’d given my trade 17 good years and it was time to look at a career path change,” he said.
“My goal is to take my knowledge into a remote Indigenous community.”
Mr Malthouse recently gained a cadetship in Indigenous education with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). This entitles him to direct entry into DEEWR’s graduation programs on completion of his USC degree.
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill, who attended the presentation ceremony at Government House, said receiving the Governor General’s scholarship was a fantastic achievement for Glen.
“I am proud that USC had been able to play a part in supporting Glen in his quest for a university education and secure future,” he said.
— Michelle Widdicombe