20 March 2013
Rose Raymond has always enjoyed helping others and now, after receiving a $6,000 scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast, is studying how to do it professionally.
The 20-year-old Bachelor of Social Work student was recently awarded the Jalarema Indigenous Scholarship, presented annually to one Indigenous undergraduate student at USC to encourage academic excellence.
The Nambour resident, who has an 18-month-old daughter, said she was excited about receiving the scholarship and looking forward to doing a degree that will help her make a difference to Indigenous people.
“I always knew I wanted to work with people after I did some work at a local Indigenous community centre,” she said.
“I completed my Certificate III in Community Services while at youth service, United Synergies, and that’s when I realised helping others was not only something I enjoyed but something I could do as a living.”
Originally from Brisbane, Rose said the University of the Sunshine Coast was her first choice out of many universities in the region.
“The welcoming atmosphere, life balance and the amount of support available to students were big drawcards for me when choosing where to study,” she said.
“The scholarship is a great incentive for me as a single mum as it provides financial and academic support to keep me focused and determined to maintain a high academic standard throughout my studies.”
The Jalarema Indigenous Scholarship is one of many scholarships offered at the University of the Sunshine Coast for undergraduate students, totalling nearly $400,000 awarded this year.
— Jessica Halls