Published on 6 November 2014
A Noosa Pengari Steiner School Year 10 student has won the University of the Sunshine Coast’s first ‘Rise, and Shine’ award to fast-track his future career.
Malu McDonald, 15, of Eumundi, was presented with the award by USC Communications Officer Bronwen Loden in front of his delighted teachers and friends at the school hall in Doonan.
Malu will receive a Headstart Plus experience, which includes studying his choice of Headstart course at USC next year and a program of personalised career planning, tertiary preparation and academic guidance through Year 11. He will also receive a $100 Co-op Bookshop voucher.
“I was planning to study a USC Headstart course in Environmental Science or Engineering in Year 11 anyway and this scholarship means I won’t have to work so many hours at the Noosa Sailing Club to achieve my goals,” Malu said.
He said studying university while still in high school would help him decide which career path to take. “I hope it will get me there faster.”
Malu’s father Kye McDonald is a USC Environmental Science Honours graduate and medallist who is now working in koala management for Queensland Wildlife and Ecological Services.
Malu’s mother Cara McDonald said she was proud to see Malu’s passion and commitment rewarded.
Ms Loden said the new ‘Rise, and Shine’ awards would be awarded to Sunshine Coast or Moreton Bay region Year 10 students who were passionate about a field of study, committed to good grades, and showed maturity in managing their studies.
More than 70 Headstart courses are available for Year 11 and 12 students.
“Headstart gives students a taste of university life and helps them prepare for future study, work towards entry to a USC degree, and expand their knowledge and skills,” she said.
— Julie Schomberg