From Fiji to Rockhampton – how the Australia Awards Scholarship changed my life

Updated July 2021

Hi, my name is Shivaali Vanshika. I was born and brought up in Rakiraki, Fiji. In 2018 I was awarded the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarship to study a Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours) at CQUniversity.

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How to apply for scholarships

Managing your finances at uni can present some challenges. Even with loans like HECS-HELP, the day-to-day living expenses and university costs can be overwhelming. This is where a scholarship can come in handy and alleviate some of the financial burdens that come with part-time or full-time study.

Students often don’t apply for scholarships as they believe the application process is too hard. Others believe they are not suitable for a scholarship when in reality they are eligible.

CQUni has made it super easy for students to apply for scholarships. Scholarships for term 1 2021 are closing on 8 January.  

Keep reading for current Bachelor of Education student, Meg Wright’s, top tips for applying for a scholarship.

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How receiving a scholarship has helped me achieve my goals…

Chelsea Harrington has been studying online with CQUniversity since 2016. She began her Bachelor of Psychological Science as a mature aged student at the age of 29.

Skip ahead to 2020, with only two subjects to complete before she graduates we asked Chelsea to share why she is grateful for the opportunity to receive a scholarship.

Keep reading to find out about Chelsea’s journey and the importance of applying for scholarships.

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Elizabet’s life on stage and making dreams a reality

Hello, my name is Elizabet and I am studying in Mackay. I was born in Hungary, Central Europe and have lived there my whole life. Hungary is small and not a really rich country, but I am proud of my Hungarian heritage.

I was living in a beautiful middle-sized city with gorgeous buildings and bubbly city life. It was just like those cosy little European cities that you can see in the movies. All my family lived in the same town and we had a great connection.

My schooling and education have always been centered around English language and the arts. I have studied lots of subjects in English and also tried out several artistic and creative activities – from all the existing dance genres through to visual arts and drama. I loved all of it. The world of arts was my little hideaway from the world.

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Tips for University and Pre-Career Success

We asked current student, Maitland Bezzina, to share his story and advice for success.

Maitland talks about the importance of getting involved in campus life activities, how to make positive change, the confidence you need to succeed, scholarship opportunities, and taking care of yourself.

Find out how you can succeed at university…

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Scholarships – The good kind of chance

As Term 1 2021 Scholarship applications are now open, we asked current Nursing student and scholarship recipient, Inneka Lippitt, why she applied for her scholarship and what advice she would give to other students who are thinking of applying for a scholarship.

Keep reading to find out about Inneka and her scholarship story…

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Just Do It – Why you should apply for a scholarship

Term 2 2021 Scholarship applications are now open.

We asked recent graduate and scholarship recipient, Jamiee Bateman, why she applied for scholarships and what advice she would give to other students who are thinking of applying for a scholarship.

Keep reading to find out Jamiee’s advice as to why YOU should apply for a scholarship…

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Eager to learn – my unforgettable experience

CQUniversity Shane D'Silva

Hello, my name is Shane D’Silva and I am in my final term of the Master of Information Technology at CQUniversity Melbourne campus.

The past two years has truly been a fast-paced, mind-blowing experience. By blood, I hail from India. However, I have lived in Kuwait for almost 18 years.

I spent two years in Dubai as well as another couple of years in Qatar. I am truly grateful for my father who continues to work so hard to have provided our family with the opportunity to experience life in those countries.

When I was younger, I had always wanted to study abroad in America, Canada, UK or Australia. However, I was presented an opportunity to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering at one of India’s most prestigious private university, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

I completed my studies and then set my sights on being able to start my life abroad. I went through days after days, agents after agents conducting tedious research into universities all over the world to pursue my master’s degree.

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Scholarship Myths Debunked

Term 2 2021 scholarships are currently open for CQUniversity students. Applications are due by 11 June 2021. University students tend to shy away from applying for a scholarship merely based on false knowledge. The criteria for applying for a scholarship is completely different to the way Hollywood has portrayed and normalised the process.

After discussing with the CQUni Scholarships team and gaining a lot of information about the scholarships offered, who can apply and the process involved, I have been able to debunk five popular scholarship myths that students believe.

If you want to know the truth behind CQUniversity scholarships, keep reading.

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Advance Queensland Indigenous Pathways VET Scholarship Program scholar’s give thanks

After being awarded an Advance Queensland Indigenous Pathways VET Scholarship in Term 1 2020, we hear from Tayla, John, Maree, Siobahn and Rebecca on the impact their scholarship is having on their education, plans for the future and pass on their thanks and gratitude to their generous scholarship donor, Advance Queensland and the Department of Innovation, Queensland Government. With Term 2 scholarships now open (many closing 12 June), all scholars share some great advice for other students thinking about applying.

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