Wednesday 18 May, marked ACU’s Strathfield campus’ Scholarships and Awards ceremony for 2016. This was our fourth ceremony for the year, just as the other ceremonies it is an occasion to acknowledge the family and friends of those students, who support, encourages, and otherwise sustains their lives as students.
The ceremony took place at the Gleeson Auditorium in the Strathfield Campus. The ceremony hosted by Associate Vice-Chancellor Professor Marea Nicholson was attended by almost 200 guests who witnessed more than 60 scholarships & awards been awarded to worthy recipients.
Bursary changes Isobella Lucic's life
This year, we also continued to present the DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club Bursaries. The Chairman of DOOLEYS, Mr John Munce was in attendance to present eight undergraduate bursaries and one postgraduate bursary to support students to continue their studies. In addition, DOOLEYS have re-affirmed their support towards ACU students by renewing their agreement to support eleven students annually for the next four years.
The ceremony’s vote of thanks was delivered by Isobella Lucic one of the recipients of the DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club Bursaries. Isobella is currently in her first year of university studying a bachelor of Nursing. Isobella grew up in a small rural country town that did not provide her with many opportunities to study beyond secondary education.
Her mother has raised her twin brother and herself alone, since they were the age of 12, with no financial assistance. During Isobella’s HSC, her mother worked in a town four hours away, and relocated there during the week, leaving Isobella and her brother at home, and coming back for the weekend.
In 2015, Isobella spent her 12 months after school on a gap year, working two jobs and 90 hours a week to save enough to support her university education. Receiving the DOOLEYS bursaries has alleviated some of this financial stress and it has allowed Isobella to focus on her studies more and not having to seek employment.
ACU was privileged to have representatives from the Association of Catholic School Principals Inc, Australian Council for Educational Leaders Inc, Marist Brothers, Christian Brothers, Teachers Mutual Bank, DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club, the De Carvalho Family, Institute of Industrial Arts & Technology, Mathematical Association of NSW, Sisters of Good Samaritan, Corpus Christi Parish at St Ives and the St Vincent de Paul Broken Bay Council.
The evening began with Ms Julie King from the Association of Catholic School Principals presenting the prize to a graduating student in the Graduate Diploma in Education program for displaying enthusiasm for teaching, leadership potential and commitment to the ethos of the Catholic school whilst at ACU. The Strathfield ceremony also saw nine students receive the ACU Academic Excellence scholarship and these students are currently enrolled at ACU to study degrees such as Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science, Bachelor of International Development, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Business Administration.
In 2016, ACU also presented the newly established Fernanda de Carvalho Memorial Jarjum Scholarship and the Teachers Mutual Bank Teaching Scholarship.The Jarjum scholarship was established in 2015 by David De Carvalho (nephew of Fernanda) to contribute to the development of Indigenous primary school teachers formed in the Catholic tradition, in memory of Ms Fernanda de Carvalho (1923-2015), who dedicated her life to the service of others as a teacher and catechist. It is awarded to a final year Bachelor of Education student to undertake a practicum placement at Redfern Jarjum College.
Micheal looks forward to first year as teacher
Michael Ingram is the inaugural winner of the Fernanda De Carvalho Jarjum Scholarship. Michael comes from the Central Coast. His family are Wiradjuri. With his partner, Katia, Michael has three children, Cordy, Caige and Ashara. After many years of study, and with the support of the staff at Yalbalinga, the Indigenous Higher Education Unit at Strathfield, Michael is now looking forward to his first year as a teacher. Not that he is a novice to the classroom. Michael has spent many years as a teaching assistant in his old primary school at Mannering Park, and also at the Mannering Park High School before coming to ACU.
Congratulations to all the wonderful students and their hard work, which has brought its just rewards. It is not easy to be a student today - the financial burden can be challenging and even more so if they come from a regional area and have to travel to pursue their dream. Nevertheless, their commitment and ability wins through and it is 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 and supporting them. In addition, ACU Foundation would also like to extend its appreciation to all faculty members that attended the event and supporting all the recipients.