1st year Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) student, ACU Brisbane Campus
Aaron Brown knows he quite simply would not be studying at the ACU Brisbane Campus if it were not for the generous support of two scholarships.
I would have had to defer my course for 18 months and go home to work.”
Harking from the small rural town of Emerald, 1000km west of Brisbane, Aaron said the savings his parents put towards his tertiary education were rapidly dwindling in the face of the actual cost of full-time study. It’s a dilemma common to many young rural and regional students, who must live away from home to pursue tertiary education while often also experiencing straitened circumstances and poor employment opportunities in their own communities. One of Aaron’s objectives in becoming a teacher is to support other outback kids like himself gain equal access to opportunities.
Laura Bishop 1st year Bachelor of Nursing/Paramedicine student ACU Canberra Campus
A close personal encounter sealed forever Laura Bishop’s admiration for the paramedical services and her determination to follow in the same footsteps.
I would see the paramedic vans drive past and think, ‘That’s going to be me one day’.
The first year Bachelor of Nursing/Paramedicine student vividly recalls the day she returned home from school at age 11 to find her seven-week-old baby sister Ella had stopped breathing. Her quick actions in support of her mother earned her accolades as a hero, but what Laura chiefly remembers is the amazing care and support her family received from the emergency staff—that day and beyond. Winning the Calvary John James Hospital Excellence in Nursing and Paramedicine Scholarship gave Laura a welcome boost to pursue her aspirations of joining them through study at ACU.
Verity Watt 2nd year Bachelor of Nursing/Paramedicine student ACU Ballarat Campus
Verity Watt is only in her second year of study at ACU but already an active leader advocating for youth issues—and against the stigma of mental illness.
I have never understood the stigma around mental health. I just really want to help alleviate that.”
The Bachelor of Nursing/Paramedicine student, who grew up in the tiny town of Dixie, Victoria, has been drawn to the caring professions for as long as she can remember, and in Year 12 at Mercy Regional College, discovered she also had a passion for social justice and equity. As the Social Justice Captain, she championed numerous causes, including initiating 'Open Minds', a youth-led music event to raise awareness around mental health. As a first year university student, Verity became patently aware of the challenges to mental health many young people typically face in this new experience—and how a scholarship can really help in times of stress.
Emma Landow is the 2015 recipient of the Sue Mitchell Nursing Scholarship and a first year student studying the Bachelor of Nursing degree ACU Canberra campus.
Emma became a mother of two before she was even 18 and left school in Year 9 to take care of her young family. After witnessing her grandmother's pain while in hospital, Emma became passionate about pursuing a degree in nursing.