Making dreams happen
What happens when aspiring university graduates need extra help to break the mould shaped by difficult circumstances involving health, finances, family or culture?
At the University of the Sunshine Coast, they are welcomed and supported in a myriad of ways from scholarships to counselling, academic innovation to special facilities.
Backing these students are staff members and outside benefactors with the will and the resources to change lives.
As our anniversary year continues, we celebrate the dreams fulfilled and the people who have made a difference in the lives of many.
Lady Firth Renouf, Karina Hamilton, Tamika Magometovs and Sir Clem Renouf at a scholarship presentation evening in 2008. Karina was one of the first recipients of a $12,000 Renouf Family Scholarship. This was the first of many scholarships for the teenager from Hervey Bay who had achieved an OP1 (the highest possible Overall Position score for a Year 12 student). This year Karina finishes seven years of study with USC and graduates to become Dr Hamilton. She still remains in contact with the Renouf family.
Professor Greg Hill congratulates Jill Lahallo on becoming the first University of the Sunshine Coast graduate to win a coveted Fulbright scholarship. Jill, of Jayapura in Papua, graduated from USC at the end of 2012 with a Master of Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Dylan Shaw received the University’s inaugural Jalarema Indigenous Scholarship in 2011. She earned further assistance throughout her studies. "That first Jalarema scholarship was so meaningful because it was merit-based. I had an ITAS tutor for two years and I used the Buranga Centre facilities just about every day. There was always someone to talk to," she said.
Tori Pearson, who in 2014 enrolled in USC’s first cohort of law students, was awarded the inaugural Justin Crosby Memorial Bursary. The $5,000 bursary, was donated by the Sunshine Coast Law Association. Ms Pearson is now a top third-year law student enjoying the heady rush of mooting in USC’s new simulated courtroom, en route to her legal career.
Manuel Barth, 22, is now an accountant at BDO, formerly KPMG. He secured part-time work at the Maroochydore office in the first year of his USC double degree in Business and Commerce (Accounting). He graduated with a grade point average of 6.66 out of 7 and was awarded the USC Chancellor’s Medal. Manuel received the Poole Group Scholarship in Accounting, three bursaries from business people and a Faculty of Business bursary while studying at USC.
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