Local scholars helped with costs
FOR Josh Maguire and Shelley Dawson, it was a financial leg-up worth celebrating.
On Friday, the local pair was among 108 Southern Cross University students at the Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Gold Coast campuses awarded scholarships under the Rising Stars Scholarship Program to help them meet success.
The program helps students fulfil their potential by curbing financial strain and the need to work long hours while studying.
The donor-funded scholarships range in value from $500-$5000 per year, totalling more than $300,000 across the university.
Josh Maguire was awarded the inaugural Peter and Janet Lee Indigenous Education Scholarship, which totals $20,000 over four years.
The Bachelor of Primary Education student said the money would take the pressure off and allow him to focuswholly on his degree.
“The money will go a long way to help me with the cost of textbooks, which quickly add up, plus uni fees, transport, bills and rent,” Josh said.
“I have only been in the area for six weeks and want to ensure I keep up with the work-load and do my best, rather than stress about finding a job straight away.
“It will be a huge help and am grateful that I don’t have to stress about money when there is already so much work to do with my course.”
Other recipients include:
Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships: Shelley Dawson 2008, Caroline Mitchell 2009, Alec Shaw 2010.
Jessica Mason, Bachelor of Business – Coffs Harbour Zonta Club Scholarship.
Cassandra Wakewood – Pisan Saran Scholarship.
Jennifer Rees Brown – Open Psychology Honours Scholarship.
Hanyu Chen – School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Honours Scholarship.
Carolyn Seton, Bachelor of Information Technology – Southern Cross Business School Honours Scholarship.
Alexia Graba-Landry – Centre for Biogeochemistry Honours Scholarship.
SCU head of Coffs Harbour campus, Professor David Lynch, presented the scholarships and acknowledged the generous donations.