After being awarded an Arrow Energy Go Further Indigenous Scholarship in Term 1 2020, scholars Sara and Leah share the positive impact their scholarship is having on their education, plans for the future and pass on their thanks and gratitude to their generous scholarship donor, Arrow Energy.
SARA IDE – Bachelor of Business, Online
My name is Sara Ide and I am 24 years old. I am currently studying Bachelor of Business at CQUniversity Australia. I am majoring in Management and minoring in Human Resources. I am a proud Kooma woman, grew up in Brisbane and currently living in Mackay.
The Arrow Energy Go Further Indigenous Scholarship has helped me with being able to purchase things I would not have been able to purchase before because of my financial situation. I am buying a new laptop with a better processor as my computer now is a budget computer and researching is very hard as it freezes a lot. I am also getting a study area set up by buying a desk chair so I can study more comfortably and a printer to print unit outlines and documents needed to highlight information. It also helps me be able to purchase textbooks when needed as that was a big worry every time a textbook is needed to be purchased as I usually just read them online.
“I am incredibly grateful for this scholarship and I cannot be happier. I have been very unlucky in my financial situation and being unemployed has been hard, so this has helped me out tremendously. Thank you again.”
LEAH MUNNS – Bachelor of Psychological Science, Online
I am grateful for being one of the recipients of the Arrow Energy Go Further Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship for 2020. It is my intention to use this scholarship to complete the required study on my way to becoming a registered Psychologist. I hope to be able to use these funds to cover my ongoing study, into a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and Master of Professional Psychology in the coming two years.
This scholarship has allowed me to purchase essential equipment to enable me to complete my degree in 2020, such as a laptop and accessories, printer and the purchase of textbooks. The scholarship will also cover any additional out of pocket expenses that were anticipated, such as a residential school in Brisbane. Unfortunately, due to the current global health crisis this event was transferred to online.
As a mature age student, who hadn’t undertaken any formal study, to better prepare myself and to become familiar with university practices, I undertook the Tertiary Entry Program (TEP). I completed this program in Term 1, 2016. I commenced studying part-time in Term 3, 2016, whilst still working full time with Services Australia, formerly Department of Human Services, working towards a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree. I have been fortunate to be awarded one of two National Indigenous Scholarships through Services Australia, which is allowing me to complete my final year of degree as a full-time student. I have been employed with Services Australia and its previous configurations for 31 years and during this period, I have witnessed how intergenerational welfare dependency has increased. I hope to be able to work with families and individuals to address this ongoing issue.
“It is amazing that Arrow Energy wish to invest in the education, employment and future of Indigenous higher education students and again I am grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship.”
The CQUniCares Scholarship program changes lives and CQUni is grateful to partner with organisations like Arrow Energy who share the University’s passion for making a difference in the lives of our students, their families and our communities.
With applications now open for Term 2 scholarships, CQUni students are encouraged to discover the many generous donor, Government and CQUniversity-funded scholarships on offer at www.cqu.edu.au/scholarships.