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BMA scholars shine at Mackay graduation

Published:22 May 2019

BMA scholars at the CQUni Mackay graduation included (TOP) Breanna Young (Bachelor of Education - Primary) and (BELOW) Debby Martorana (Bachelor of Nursing).

Four of CQUniversity's BMA scholars were able to celebrate their study and career progress at the recent Mackay graduation ceremony.

Breanna Young and Melanie Casey have both graduated with qualifications to take up teaching roles, while Debby Martorana is working as a nurse at Dysart and Jessica Potter is working as a nurse in the Mackay Hospital emergency department.

They all gained support from the Community Scholarship program of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA).

Ms Potter spoke on behalf of her peers by pointing out that the BMA Scholarship was key to being able to focus on tertiary studies.

"I have a husband who works away and two teenage daughters, so with the BMA Scholarship, this not only assisted with my educational needs but also allowed me to have more time with my family whilst I was studying, which created a great work, study and family balance," she says.

"I will be forever grateful and appreciative of the benefit this provided to myself and my family.

"I am thoroughly enjoying my emergency department role. This is a very busy department which requires critical thinking and a high level of skill.

"The emergency department was another aspiring goal I had when I embarked on my Bachelor of Nursing degree and, since achieving both goals at this present moment, I cannot help but believe the BMA Scholarship played a vital role in my success.

"I have the belief that if you truly want something in life, anything is possible. Believe and you will achieve."

Ms Casey said the BMA Scholarship ensured she was able to maintain a high GPA "making me very employable in what turned out to be a competitive and difficult time to secure permanency in our region as a teacher".

"I am loving working in my own classroom now and, through the support of CQUni and the BMA Scholarship, I felt more than ready to take on the challenge of my new career as a teacher.

"The generational impact of higher education on my family is also a positive outcome.  As the first in both my husband's and my own family to graduate with a bachelor degree, I have shown my children that the ceiling is really only as high as you make it!"