This November, ACU’s 2017 Annual Appeal is reaching out to our alumni community. Funds raised will go towards ACU’s Creating Opportunity Fund, which creates scholarships for highly motivated and deserving ACU students who face obstacles to their studies.
These obstacles may include financial hardship, long-term medical conditions, disabilities, regional or remote disadvantage, sole parent or carer responsibilities, refugee status, or difficulties with English.
Terri Carberry is one ACU student who knows the difference a scholarship can make. Currently studying for a Bachelor of Nursing, Terri grew up with her grandmother and five younger siblings in Griffith, a country town in NSW. She was the first person in her extended family to finish high school and go on to pursue higher education.
For Terri, receiving a scholarship has removed many of the obstacles she would have faced.
“Without the scholarship, my options definitely would have been limited,” she said. “It made the move to Sydney and the transition into university much easier for me.”
“I want to thank everyone who contributes. It helps a lot more than you think. Coming from a small town and not having anyone or anything to rely on, I've had to work hard to pay for everything. Without the scholarship, it would be so hard for me to afford tuition and other university necessities.”
As a proud Wiradjuri woman, Terri is determined to make an impact in her community. Her success at university has already encouraged and inspired the young ones in her family and her community to follow their dreams.
“Being from an Indigenous community I’ve seen that there’s a lack of services and role models. I want to help break the cycle of generational issues which young Aboriginal people face, such as struggling with drugs and alcohol, domestic violence and juvenile crime.”
“My goal for the future is to work in rural and remote areas, as well as working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, specialising in paediatrics and midwifery. I want to be able to give back to the community using my nursing skills.”
At ACU, the number of students has doubled in the past eight years – from 16,000 to 32,000. What hasn't kept pace is the number of scholarships being offered to make an ACU education accessible for students like Terri.
For this reason ACU launched the Creating Opportunity Fund in 2016 with the goal to create at least 100 new scholarships.
To really make this a community project, the University matches every gift made to the Fund, dollar for dollar, doubling its impact. ACU has also committed 100% of each gift received will go directly to our students.
For staff who wants to donate to the Creating Opportunity Fund, you may join ACU’s Staff Giving Program at www.acu.edu.au/staffgiving