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.
"Growing up, I never quite knew what I wanted to do. I’ve always looked at the world as a supplier of endless opportunities, so picking just one career to pursue was a hard prospect. Deep down, I think I always knew I wanted to become an engineer."
"In the past 18 months, I have been offered so many amazing opportunities thanks to the wonderful team at Downer. I’ve developed both in my personal and professional capabilities and will be forever grateful that everything aligned to make this possible."
"I’m the first person in my family to go to Uni – so going to university was a big deal for me."
"It was really easy to apply and the scholarship has had an exponential effect on my life: I spent more time on my studies, which improved my grades and provided greater job opportunities."
"It’s not just a sum of money but much, much more. Without the scholarship, I wouldn't have received first class honours and been able to walk straight into a graduate job."
"It was a combination of people who encouraged me to apply for the scholarship – it was a mix between my teachers in high school, my parents, and also myself, wanting to be able to financially support myself throughout university."
"I live out of town, so that’s half an hour to and from every day. In my first year, I went to University every single day. It doesn’t sound like much to begin with, but when you’re travelling five hours a week just going to University, it starts clocking up."
"Receiving the Auswide Bank Scholarship was amazing and really did start the process of changing my life. I’ve been able to devote my time to my studies, which has definitely been a benefit to my grades. This year, I was also able to start volunteering at a local hospital in their Finance department and gain experience, whilst still juggling my studies and not having to worry about financial stress."
"At the time of applying, I was working five days a week. It’s allowed me to cut back my hours, which reflects in my marks. I’ve been able to achieve higher grades."
"I can spend that time I would have been working on assignments, watching the lecture videos, reading the textbook, organising group assignments and meeting other people."
"It’s been a massive opportunity – all the benefits that have come out of it. I really can’t thank them enough. It’s the easiest thing to do for the reward that you get."
"I remember to this day, receiving my scholarship – I hadn’t even started university yet. I got home from orientation one day and the email advising that I had been successful was there."
"I was on top of the world – no one could take me down. I felt like this was the best start I’d ever had to anything in my life, and it was going to be a great start for my time at CQUniversity."
"The scholarship is a great avenue for students who struggle like I have, who need this money and who can’t go to university without it. It’s changed my life in a multitude of ways that I’ll never be able to repay."
"Without my scholarship, essentially I wasn’t going to be able to study. Working away for eight years, my scholarship has allowed me to change my career and come home. I can now spend more time with my daughter."
"To me, receiving this scholarship was a massive deal – it’s changed my future, it’s changed my daughter’s future. It’s allowed me to return to study for a career locally rather than working away, that’s going to change my whole quality of life and make me, as a person a lot happier."