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Stories of Impact

Everyone has a story. At CQUniversity we take the time to get to know our students, who are able to achieve their education thanks to the scholarships from our generous partners and donor community.

Through scholarships and bursaries, students are supported on their journey to be who they want to be, and by sharing their stories they hope to inspire more of our community to support CQUniCares. Be inspired to create change with us and discover the stories of those we’ve come to know.

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Chantelle Nightingale

"I saw an awful lot of potential mixed with a tonne of challenge, and I was keen to give it a crack. Becoming a teacher will finally give me a sense of belonging in a rapidly changing world."

"As a single mother of three for the past six years, and with rising housing and living costs and other basic needs of teenagers, times are getting quite tough."

"My CQUniCares Student Success Scholarship has helped to ensure I can continue to pursue my dream to nurture and inspire the hopes of our young ones."

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Brooke Williams

"Due to chronic illness, I was forced to give up my career as a Sports/ Remedial Massage Therapist, instead focusing on my studies, whilst undergoing hospital procedures and treatments."

"Receiving my CQUniCares Student Success Scholarship has helped to purchase textbooks, update my obsolete laptop, and assisted with travel and accommodation related expenses to attend residential schools in Rockhampton."

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Craig Ragas

"I come from humble beginnings as a child from a one parent household living in community housing. My education options were limited and while I did enjoy studying from a young age, I ended up leaving school early and have spent most of life working labour-intensive employment."

"I decided to take a chance, to follow my dream and to make a difference in not only my life but in the hopes of improving other people’s lives as well. I enrolled in the Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program and my desire for learning exploded, since commencing a Bachelor of Information Technology."

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Kelly Lee

"I have experienced many challenges in my life and have proven that these obstacles are not the end of my story. I am committed to achieving success in all aspects of my life, especially my degree."

"Your generosity has inspired me, and I hope one day I will be able to help students to achieve their goals just as you have helped me with mine."

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Nicole Pomeroy

"I am the first of my immediate family to attend University and I want to show my children that you are never too old to stop learning and that your goals can always be accomplished."

"I am incredibly grateful to the donors who support not only the CQUniCares Student Success Scholarship but all scholarships that are available for students to gain a little extra financial support. Without that, we face the pressure of having to work longer hours to support our lives and that takes away from our dedicated study time as we work towards our future careers."

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Alice Pattemore

"Since beginning my Bachelor of Medical Imaging at CQUniversity I have never felt more of a passion for learning in my life."

"Receiving a CQUniCares Student Success Scholarship has helped lift the heavy strain put on my studies, mental health, and financial stability."

"Importantly, my scholarship has given me the opportunity to travel to a rural location to perform my placement, enhancing my knowledge in my field and learning certain rural clinical skills."