ACU awards State Scholarship to Innisfail local

Thursday, 6 March 2008

19 February 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has awarded local Innisfail resident Sophie Webb the Gleeson Family Scholarship, which aims to financially assist aspiring tertiary students from regional and rural Queensland. 

Sophie, who was born in Townsville and moved to Innisfail as a toddler, has begun her first semester of a Bachelor of Nursing this week on the Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo).

A graduate of Good Counsel College - where her grandfather is Principal and both her parents teach - Sophie is looking forward to the year ahead as she seeks to fulfil her ambition of becoming a qualified nurse.

“I’ve wanted to become a nurse for quite a few years now, and I’m looking forward to taking the first steps towards that goal,” she said.

Sophie also has plans to utilise her nursing skills by working in overseas communities.  

“I’ve always wanted to go to Africa and be a missionary worker and help those who are in greatest need,” she said.

Sophie considered a range of tertiary choices and received offers from a number of universities. Sophie chose ACU because of its strong standing in nursing and because of the opportunity to explore a spiritual component within student life.  

“After looking at my options I was drawn to the high reputation of nursing at ACU. The Catholic ethos of the University also reflects the sanctity of life that I believe strongly in and this goes hand in hand with the nursing profession,” she said.

The Gleeson Family Scholarship was established in 2006 by the family of Mr John (Jack) Gleeson AM. Jack Gleeson's work in industry and telecommunications improved the lives of thousands of people, particularly those from isolated and rural areas. In 2005 he was awarded ACU’s highest honour, an honorary doctorate, for his selfless and tireless commitment to the Church and society.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.