Past recipients stories

Aline Bakulikira

"I can study without worrying about my finances."

"I chose the field because I really want to help those who are disadvantaged and can't access hospital. Being a nurse is a very rewarding job as you are able to help those who are most in need.

This qualification is going to change my life and I hope that by being a nurse I will be able to change the lives of disadvantaged people around the world.

I am very committed to my studies and my scholarship has meant I have been able to study without worrying about my finances."

Aline studies nursing at Federation University Australia's Mt Helen Campus

Rebecca Bredin

Rebecca Bredin"It's never too late to fight for your dreams."

As a single, working, studying mother of three I have often struggled to find the right balance between financial commitments, study and family time. This scholarship has reduced my financial burdens and has improved the quality of my work.

The scholarship has meant I have more time to undertake valuable (yet unpaid) work placements which provide me with the skills, industry experience and contacts that support the theoretical knowledge I am learning in my degree.

My degree will open opportunities to a fulfilling career and financial security. More importantly, it will show my children that it is never too late to fight for your dreams.

Rebecca studies sport management at Federation University Australia's Gippsland Campus.

Joshua Callander

Joshua Callander"I can now focus solely on doing my best"

I spent several years in the IT field but never enjoyed it. A few years ago I decided to return to university. I found a love for microbiology and immunology and hope to enter a career in a lab.

This scholarship has alleviated a lot of the financial concerns that come with returning to study full-time. I can now focus solely on doing my best in my exams and assignments.

Joshua studies science at Federation University Australia's Mt Helen Campus

Dianne Robertson

Dianne Robertson"I had to set my dream aside but now I'm living it."

"As a young child my dream was of being a nurse and caring for others, a dream I had to set aside for many years due to family commitments. I now have the fortunate opportunity to once again pursue that dream and have just completed the first year of the bachelor degree. The success of my studies has further strengthened my belief that nursing is not only my career choice but has also defined who I am as a person.

The Foundation Scholarship is more than just financial aid; it has eased the stress of the daily budgeting that I have to undertake to juggle my home and study commitments."

Dianne studied nursing at Federation University Australia's Gippsland Campus and graduated in May 2017.

Tara Schultz

Tara Schultz"I want to excel rather than just survive."

"Having a scholarship gives me a buffer, a safety net, and the encouragement that most people take for granted. I wanted to excel rather than just survive, and that's what my scholarship is helping me to do.

My motivation for success in my studies comes out of a real passion for social policy and community work. Growing up I was surrounded by drugs, crime, illness and despair. It was my passion for the social sciences that kept me going, and helped me to find a way out of that world.

My career aim is to improve the social programs that help youth experiencing homelessness, mental illness, poverty, drug addition and abuse."

Tara studies community and human services at Federation University Australia.

Tara was admitted into the Golden Key International Honours Society in 2017 for undergraduates in the top 15% of their class and top performing graduate students in all academic disciplines.

Darren Thomas

Darren Thomas"I am building a future for my children, and the world."

"My greatest regret in life was leaving school at an early age. After working in the civil construction industry for many years, I am now pursuing my dreams of higher education and studying the environmental and geological aspects of my work.

Balancing full-time study and family commitments is challenging both emotionally and financially, but I know that what I am doing is going to make a real difference as we work towards a more sustainable future.

I have just finished the first year of my study with outstanding results that I wholeheartedly believe would not have been possible without the incredible assistance of the Foundation."

Darren studies science at Federation University Australia's Mt Helen Campus.

Darren was admitted into the Golden Key International Honours Society in 2016 for undergraduates in the top 15% of their class and top performing graduate students in all academic disciplines.

Sandra Cross

"It's never too late to learn."

"While it sounds like a cliché, becoming a nurse has been a lifelong dream of mine.  As a mother of three young children, being awarded a Foundation scholarship was just the additional incentive I needed to commit to my goals.

I don't think I fully realised the consequences of leaving school at Year 10, but as a mature age student now entering University, I appreciate that age is no barrier and you're never too old or too young to learn."

Sandra studies nursing at Federation University Australia's Berwick Campus

Mickael Shanko

"From heartache comes hope."

"My Foundation Scholarship will help me pursue my career goal of becoming a Civil Engineer and to use my skills and knowledge to make the world a better place.

I will do everything in my power to succeed.  It means a lot to be able to give back to the Australian community which has given me the opportunity to learn, and my family a new beginning."

Mickael is as an Asylum Seeker who arrived in Australia in 2014 from Ethiopia and is studying engineering at Federation University Australia's Mt Helen Campus

Harrison Springfield

"I aspire to go wherever the world takes me"

"As the first member of my family to attend university I want to put into practice my skills and knowledge and to make the most of opportunities that my own parents were not afforded. My Foundation scholarship will ease the growing financial burden of living and learning away from home, allowing me to focus solely on my studies.

I made the decision to leave school before completing my VCE to study a Certificate IV in Justice, and straight away I knew this was the career goal I wanted to follow. I've chosen a study field that I am truly passionate about, in the hope that, one day, I will be able to give back to the community with a higher education degree from FedUni."

Harrison studies Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) at Mt Helen Campus

Troy McLean

"I will educate others to change their lives."

"Before I had the Foundation Scholarship, I was spending a large period of my time working to gain money to get me through my studies.  The scholarship took some of the stress off me and allowed me to focus on my education.  I was able to break from 'work' to focus on my career.

I am passionate about the power of education to change people's lives.  I want to be able to teach students that by giving their education a legitimate attempt they may be able to break out of their own social cycle and improve their own lives."

Troy studies teaching at Federation University Australia's Mt Helen Campus