The Canberra Campus proudly hosted the ACU Foundation's Scholarships, Bursaries, Faculty Prizes and Awards ceremony on Thursday 18 May 2017. Scholarships and awards are vital to our development and partnership objectives and are critical to our students. The support makes a huge difference to their capacity to contribute and participate fully in university life and ultimately helps them launch their careers.
The ceremony, hosted by Campus Dean Associate Professor Patrick McArdle, invited almost 140 guests to celebrate various awards recognising an array of accomplishments, including academic excellence, community engagement and contribution, and professional values and excellence.
Paramedics and nurses made a lasting impression on Emma Webb
Emma Webb recently graduated in the class of 2016 after moving from Albury to study in Canberra. For a long time, Emma dreaded being asked what she wanted to do with her life. It was only when she stayed with her grandfather in Ireland three years ago and paramedics needed to be called for him that she found her answer.
Emma was taken by how the paramedics expressed such compassion, dignity, and genuine kindness to her grandfather, and their professionalism resonated with her on a profound level. Once he was admitted to St James hospital in Dublin, Emma was wowed further by the nurses. They always found time to have a chat and expressed care and concern for her grandfather, alleviating Emma’s worries.
After this experience, Emma decided to study both nursing and paramedicine at ACU’s Canberra Campus and is the proud recipient of the 2017 Francis Carroll Scholarship. This particular scholarship was established in 2006 in honour of Archbishop Francis Carroll’s contribution to the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, and on the occasion of his retirement as Archbishop.
This scholarship will support Emma’s uniform, textbook, and accommodation costs, as well as her travelling expenses, as her plan is to take part in a culturally immersive experience volunteering abroad in a developing country. Special new scholarships
The newly established Maev O’Collins Scholarship and the School of Education NSW/ACT – Canberra Campus Teaching Scholarship were also presented at the ceremony. The Maev O’Collins Scholarship was established from a significant endowed donation by Maev, who was involved in ACU’s social work program since its inception and has been with the university for more than 20 years. In addition, she worked for many years in the social work and health sciences industry, both in Australia and in Papua New Guinea, and assisted in the establishment of the Catholic Family Services Bureau, the progenitor of CatholicCare and Catholic Social Services. She has been a scholar of considerable note, authoring books and learned articles, she contributed to many government inquiries, and ably served Papua New Guinea during its foundation years. Maev is committed to serving the most vulnerable and those in need and believes above all else in the power of education to transform lives and communities.
The second new scholarship was established by our school of education to assist students enrolled in a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at our Canberra Campus. This year, three of these scholarships were offered to deserving students.
The ACU Foundation would like to express its deep appreciation to all of our generous donors, partners, and supporters. No university can exist as a singular, standalone entity – if we’re not part of a community, we would cease to have a meaningful purpose. ACU was born of the tangible needs of the Australian community for educators and health and welfare professionals, and our purpose is to serve. The support we receive enables us to better our communities and shape the professionals of the future.