22 September 2014
A perennial supporter of the University of the Sunshine Coast has embraced an initiative that will recognise graduates and inspire future students of the Coast’s own university as it prepares to turn 20 in 2016.
Jocelyn Walker, who established USC’s annual Vic Walker Memorial Scholarship 14 years ago, has bought 12 pavers inscribed with the names of Vic Walker Memorial Scholarship recipients and her family members who have graduated from the University.
The Graduate Walk initiative invites all USC alumni to buy pavers to be used in a pathway outside the main entrance of the Library on campus at Sippy Downs. The pathway will be opened during the University’s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2016.
Pavers can also be bought as gifts for graduates. Each will bear the graduate’s name at a tax-deductible cost of $200. Money raised will go to the USC Study Support Bursary to help students in financial stress.
Ms Walker, who is a USC Foundation Board member and Honorary Senior Fellow, said she enjoyed following the successful careers of scholarship recipients after graduation and wanted to honour their dedication.
“Some are working on the Coast in areas ranging from magazine design to exercise physiology to midwifery,” she said. “Some have made their mark in other parts of Australia and the world, including one who set up a design business in New York.
“It’s wonderful for me to have contact with them and hear how the scholarship and USC gave them such a good start.”
The Vic Walker Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of her husband and now valued at up to $9,800 a year, takes applications from Immanuel Lutheran College Year 12 graduates who start an undergraduate degree at USC.
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said almost half of the 400 pavers had been sold.
“Graduate Walk will provide a lasting legacy and create a sense of pride and history, not only inspiring our students, but paving the way for their future success,” he said.
“The Study Support Bursary is a special fund established to support our students experiencing financial stress – the kind of stress that can have a real impact on their university experience and sometimes their ability to complete their studies.”
For details about Graduate Walk email USC's Development Office or call (07) 5430 1104.
— Julie Schomberg