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.
"I chose nursing because my youngest child was born premature and the work I saw the Nurses do was inspiring. I wanted to give back to the community. I’m a single parent, and I struggle financially, but I didn’t want to give up my passion of becoming a Nurse. The scholarship helped out a lot with bills and allowed me to get childcare when I needed it."
"My family is my motivation to do better. The future is bright with education and I believe that the support for students, offered by CQUniCares is really important – it’s life-changing. It’s helped me a lot and I am forever grateful for the help that I have received."
"I applied for a scholarship, which turned my life around. My scholarship assisted me with a number of my student expenses, which meant I didn’t have to work as much to get by. I was able to pay attention to my studies, rather than constantly worrying about money."
"My scholarship had a massive impact on my success at university. It got me to graduation and now I’m working as a graduate engineer in my dream job."
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude in receiving a CQUniCares Appeal Scholarship. I put this scholarship towards travelling to Vietnam for a five-week placement in May 2018."
"I have been given the opportunity to work in orphanages, charity clinics, schools and rural villages with some amazing disabled kids and have a chance to make a real difference to their lives."
"I really enjoyed the opportunity to build a rapport, even over such a short period of time and provide useful tips and ideas on how best to manage these conditions."
"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."