The Scholarships and Awards ceremony for the Strathfield Campus was held on Wednesday 17 May 2017. This was our third ceremony for the year, and just like the others that had come before it, it was an occasion to acknowledge the families and supporters who encourage and sustain our students.
The ceremony took place at the Gleeson Auditorium on the Strathfield Campus. The ceremony was hosted by Associate Vice-Chancellor Professor Marea Nicholson, who welcomed almost 180 guests who were there to see 60 scholarships and awards being presented.
Scholarship helps Sarah Percival promote the work of cystic fibrosis
Once again we presented the Robert and Richard Charles Carroll Scholarship. It was established in 1998 by one of the founding members of the University Senate as a tangible memorial to their late sons, Robert and Richard Carroll. Catherine Cosgrove, who established the scholarship and is the daughter of Tony Carroll, was in attendance to present it to recipient Sarah Percival.
Sarah was also responsible for delivering the ceremony’s vote of thanks. By the time Sarah reached her senior high school years, she had no ambition of attending university or doing further study. She only completed half of her year 12 units and didn’t receive an ATAR as a result. Instead, she chose to work until she decided what to do with her life. It was not until a year after school had finished that she discovered a passion for exercise through the encouragement of a friend and decided to pursue a career path that she had never considered before.
While support from her friend as well as her parents made it possible for her to attend university, it was inspiration from her cousin that drove her to an exercise science degree, which she is using as a stepping stone to help those with clinical conditions through exercise. Her cousin, Saxon, unfortunately suffered from cystic fibrosis, which has a low life expectancy of 37. Seeing him suffer with a smile on his face encouraged Sarah to advocate and fundraise alongside Cystic Fibrosis NSW and sparked her interest in a research career to improve the quality of life for people like her cousin. Despite receiving a double lung transplant, Saxon passed away in Sarah’s first year of university. However, this only drove her further to pursue her studies and fight for the cause.
The scholarship, which was established to support an exercise science student, will now help Sarah to dedicate more time towards her studies and promoting the work of Cystic Fibrosis NSW.
The many other scholarships we presented included the ACU Academic Excellence Scholarship, John F Slowey Memorial Scholarship, Teachers Mutual Bank Scholarship, DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club Bursary, and international student scholarships.
Congratulations to all the wonderful students for their hard work. It’s not always easy being a student with challenging financial burdens, which are even more difficult if they come from a regional area and have to travel to pursue their dream. Nevertheless, their commitment and ability wins through and it’s a tribute to them.
The ACU Foundation is deeply grateful for the generous support of our donors and partners and for believing in our students. In addition, ACU Foundation would also like to extend its appreciation to all faculty members that attended the event.