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Monday, 14 September 2015

ACU’s Early Achievers’ Program

ACU looks for students who understand the importance of working toward the common good and have a willingness to make a contribution to their communities.

Greta Ruaro’s community service activities helped her secure an early place at ACU.

ACU recognises the hard work of students to make positive changes in their schools and community through volunteer activities, coupled with consistent academic achievement.

The Early Achievers’ Program rewards those students by giving them the chance to gain early entry into an undergraduate degree at one of the University’s seven campuses around the country.

Speech pathology student Greta is one of a growing number of young volunteers who have been rewarded for their hard work.

During high school at Marion College Myrtleford, Greta was a committed fundraiser for Caritas Australia, Camp Quality and the Cancer Council. She also volunteered to help children learn to read at her local primary school and played piano at a nursing home.

“For me, the Early Achievers’ Program meant that my ambitions were not going to be restricted by a number and my extracurricular activities were being acknowledged,” Greta said.

“The Early Achievers’ Program is such a big benefit because it alleviates so much stress.

“Throughout VCE you are working towards the goal of entry into university and achieving this is realistic, however it can also be very stressful, especially if all your hard work does not seem to be rewarded with your results.

“I received an offer to study at ACU in November and because I was a rural student this meant that my transition to Melbourne and university was much less stressful than waiting till January to find out.”

Amazing facilities, small class sizes, and the strong sense of community are three of the reasons why ACU is so popular with students.

“I remember walking through ACU for the first time as a Year 11 student and the first thing that struck me was the state-of-the-art facilities,” Greta said.

“Walking through the newly opened Daniel Mannix Building I was amazed by the architecture, décor and the rooftop garden and I remember thinking this is where I am going to go.”

Greta is studying a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at ACU in Melbourne.

Applications for ACU’s Early Achievers’ Program for 2016 are open until Monday 19 October.

For more information about the program and its eligibility criteria students can call 1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228), email askacu@acu.edu.au or visit www.acu.edu.au/eap.