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Mackay scholarship recipient banking on a career in accident forensics

Published:13 May 2019

L-R CQUni Dean Professor Lee Di Milia, Kelly Morton, Sarina Community Bank Branch Chair Karen May, and CQUni Business Lecturer Maree Franettovich.

Mackay resident Kelly Morton has just celebrated her graduation from a CQUniversity business degree but she’s already refocused her career plans by enrolling in a Bachelor of Accident Forensics, also with CQUniversity.

During her Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Management and Marketing), Kelly was mentored by a business analyst from Hail Creek Mine, thanks to the ‘excellent’ Engage Mentor Program of CQUniversity’s School of Business and Law.

“My current aim is to have my own accident investigation consultancy and work for mining companies, aviation and across a range of other fields,” she says.

“I will be able to draw on skills from my business degree too.”

During her initial undergraduate years, Kelly not only operated a photography business and worked as a dispenser for a local optometrist; she also volunteered as fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation, as a volunteer for Relay for Life and as a member of the CQUni Mackay Business Students’ Association.

She also had financial support - $4500 over three years – thanks to the Sarina Community Branch Bendigo Bank® scholarship program.

Chair of the Sarina Community Bank® Branch, Karen May said her organisation had been delighted to support Kelly with her studies.

"Our investment in young people and education is an investment in our community’s future and we are keen to retain local talent and encourage the development of expertise locally," Ms May said.

Sarina Community Bank® Branch Manager Charmaine Matsen also passed on congratulations to Kelly for reaching her graduation milestone.

"It has been a pleasure supporting you on this journey.Good luck on the next chapter and I look forward to hearing what’s in store for your next," Ms Matsen said.

To date, Sarina Community Bank® Branch has contributed around $60 000 worth of scholarships to local CQUniversity students.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, Campuses and Mackay-Whitsunday Region Professor Pierre Viljoen added that “it is partnerships such as the Sarina Community Bank® Branch Bendigo Bank scholarship program that strengthen the fabric of our University and our communities”.

For more information about how your organisation can also support CQUni students, visit www.cqu.edu.au/giving.