The ACU Student Veteran Impact Awards

One of ACU’s core values is service to the wider community and the common good. ACU students are encouraged to contribute to campus life, take part in our Core Curriculum and give back through community engagement.

About the Student Veteran Impact Awards

ACU Student Veteran Impact Awards

The Student Veteran Impact Awards recognise the positive impact our student veterans have on the community during their time at ACU. These awards represent ACU’s core values of service and the common good. Throughout their study at ACU, students are encouraged to acknowledge their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society. In line with our mission, identity and values, the Student Veteran Impact Awards celebrate the efforts of student veterans who significantly contribute to the university and the wider community.

Award nominations 2023

ACU student veterans are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate a mate for any of the three award categories. To be eligible for the 2023 Student Veteran Impact Awards, the nominee must:

  • be a current student veteran studying at ACU
  • provide evidence of service if not registered to the Student Veteran Support Program (SVSP)
  • have completed at least 60 credit points of study
  • demonstrate academic merit through a GPA of >5 calculated based on the total study.

Nominations for the 2023 Student Veteran Impact Awards open in mid-Semester 2. Check back soon for exact dates.

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Previous award events

The 2022 Student Veteran Impact Award gala dinner was held at the Plaza Ballroom in the Melbourne CBD on 18 October 2022. The dinner included the inaugural ACU Sir Peter Cosgrove Student Veteran Award, which recognises a graduating ACU student veteran’s exemplary and highly impactful contribution to the community. A special address was delivered by General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd).

Guest speakers included:

Doctor Susan Neuhaus AM CSC, Surgeon, Academic, Veteran, and Commissioner Gwen Cherne, Repatriation Commission, Commissioner for Veteran Family Advocacy.

Learn more about our guest speakers 

The 2021 Student Veteran Impact Award gala dinner, in Brisbane, recognised several student veterans for their contributions to ACU and the wider community. The 2021 award recipients included:

Continuing (2020)

  • Daniel Hema (Bachelor of Education)
  • Michael McLaughlin (Bachelor of Psychological Science)
  • Aaron Cornwall (Graduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation)

Continuing (2021)

  • Ryan Hyde (Bachelor of Paramedicine)
  • Lisa White (Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours))
  • Krystal Brown (Bachelor of Midwifery)

Graduating (2021)

  • Kelly O’Leary (Bachelor of High Performance Sport)
  • Nicholas Stanford (Bachelor of Paramedicine)

Read more about the 2021 Student Veteran Impact Award gala dinner

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