Scholarships and bursaries make a difference

Published: Monday 23rd May 2016

ACU’s Scholarships and Awards Ceremony was held at the North Sydney campus last week recognising the many achievements of the student base and the important contribution of the local organisations and people who support the university.

The awards recognised an array of accomplishments, including academic excellence, community engagement and contribution, and professional values and excellence. The ceremony hosted by Associate Vice-Chancellor Professor Marea Nicholson was attended by about 120 guests with many family and friends there to support the deserving awards recipients.

ACU was privileged to have representatives from Aspen Medical, Australian Computer Society, CPA Australia, Northside Group Mental Health Services (Ramsay Health Services), RSL Life Care, the Carroll family and our local resident benefactor Mary Curran.

The evening began with Chris Riley from ACU International presenting the Australian Catholic University International Student Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an International postgraduate or undergraduate student with outstanding academic merit of at least an average result of 80 per cent in prior studies.

This was followed by presenting the newly established Aspen Medical Prizes which were awarded to first year paramedicine students for achieving the highest Grade Point Average. Aspen Medical is an Australian-owned, multi award-winning, global provider of guaranteed and innovative healthcare solutions across a diverse range of sectors and we are very privileged to have Aspen as a supporter of our students.

This year we also continued to present the Australian Catholic University Academic Excellence Scholarship and the North Sydney ceremony had six students receive these scholarships. Five of these scholars are currently enrolled to study Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

The ceremony’s vote of thanks was delivered by Melanie Holwell, the recipient of the Thomas More Law School Academic Excellence Scholarship. Melanie is currently studying the Bachelor Degrees in Law and Business Administration and in the future her goal is to work with the two HRs: human resources and human rights and explore the relationships between these doctrines both within private organization and government policy.

In her speech, Melanie highlighted the importance of scholarships and awards to help students achieve their dreams and goals of attaining a tertiary education. As an avid volunteer, the scholarship has enabled Melanie to spend more hours volunteering enriching the lives of young girls and helping her community. The scholarship also means that she has more time to spend on her studies rather than working full time to fund her education.

The awards ceremony was followed by drinks and nibbles, which was filled with lots of laughter and chatter. It was great to see many recipients and supporters get a chance to connect and chat at the drinks.

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.

Based on the 2016 event, the 2017 scholarships and awards ceremony will be something to look forward to.