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Final days to invest in students’ potential and benefit the whole community

Published:09 September 2019

CQUniversity is encouraging its community to consider investing in students who may otherwise struggle to achieve their full potential, as the 2019 CQUniCares Annual Appeal draws to an end.

Themed 'Together we create change', the Appeal is  fundraising to support students through CQUniCares Emergency Grants and CQUniCares Scholarships.

Thanks to the Scott Williams Foundation, all donations will be matched, up to the total value of $20 000.

“The focus is on joining together to support our students in achieving their CQUni qualification – giving them the opportunity to continue their studies and give back to their community following graduation," says Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Klomp.

“Through scholarships and bursaries supported by our generous partners and donor community, students are supported on their journey to be what they want to be.

“For many of our students, the added financial pressures of study can make their path to graduation a difficult one.

“Purchasing textbooks and equipment, attending compulsory residential schools or completing unpaid placements are some of the many financial costs our students may incur. Many are juggling family, work and study commitments in order to provide a better future for themselves and their family.

“Through scholarships and emergency grants, we can make education more accessible for those facing significant barriers in achieving their CQUniversity qualification.”

Professor Klomp said many students had been positively impacted by previous CQUniCares appeals, including Zac Newland, a third-year Engineering student who received a CQUniCares Appeal Scholarship in early 2019.

Zac completed his first year via distance and moved on campus for his second year to continue his Mechatronics major.

“This was a huge move for me as it was my first time living away from home,” Zac said.

“I walk with callipers and a walking frame and when not in those I use a wheelchair, so leaving my support network and moving to a totally different environment where I had to take care of myself and continue with my studies was rather daunting.

“My scholarships have helped me with my textbooks, university fees and accommodation expenses and allowed me to focus on my studies without having to worry about my finances. I was able to purchase a new laptop which had the capabilities required for my Engineering course.”

Details on how you can contribute to the 2019 CQUniCares Annual Appeal are available via www.cqu.edu.au/appeal.