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Sweet success for busy mum, Heidi

Published:31 May 2019

Heidi Whitehouse is the recipient of a Queensland Country Credit Union scholarship

She’s a mum, a wife, a volunteer and she works part-time.

Add CQUni Bachelor of Nursing student to her credentials and Heidi Whitehouse is one busy woman - but she still managed to put aside time to complete an application form for a CQUniversity scholarship. And she was successful.

“I currently live a very busy lifestyle,” Ms Whitehouse explained.

“I have four children, study part time, work part time and volunteer as a cub scout leader among other things. I happened to be browsing through the available scholarships on the CQUni website one evening and came across the Queensland Country Credit Union (Queensland Country) scholarship and decided to apply as I felt that a lot of what they stood for I also stood for,” Ms Whitehouse said.

“I felt that I should at least put an application in and give it a go – I wasn’t going to lose anything by trying, so during uni break before third semester 2018, I did!”

Ms Whitehouse said she was both shocked and excited when she’d discovered her application was successful.

“I had put my application in several months before and had studied over the Christmas break and had almost completely forgotten so felt humbled that I was chosen and ever so thankful to my sponsor Queensland Country.”

Queensland Country Far North Regional Manager Ralph Smithers said he was thrilled to award Ms Whitehouse with the scholarship.

“Queensland Country are proud to partner with CQUni each year to deliver this scholarship and each year the process of selecting a recipient is incredibly challenging,” Mr Smithers said.

“This year our panel was overwhelmed with Ms Whitehouse’ story and the determination she has shown in making her life better through education.

“To be able to play a part in that journey is truly what our organisation is all about and we’re excited to be able to follow her story through to the end.”

Valued at $10 000, Ms Whitehouse, who is now in her second year of Nursing, said the scholarship would go a long way in supporting her educational journey.

“Beyond supporting in the provision of the necessities for study such as textbooks, the financial support will allow me to further access additional training and education beyond my university degree. It has made going on placements much easier financially, particularly the ones I need to travel away from home for,” she said.

“The support of this scholarship will allow me to complete my studies, continue to reach my goals and to be a role model to my children and those around me.”

Based in Cairns, Ms Whitehouse studies on-campus where she is able to make the most of the facilities that are close to her home.

“The Cairns Campus is positioned in a location that I can easily ride my bike to uni - when it is not raining or too hot!,” she laughed.

“Everyone at the Cairns campus is friendly and helpful. It is my home away from home – where there are no washing baskets staring at me. A place of comfort where I can relax while studying.”

Ms Whitehouse said she had always wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and looked forward to completing her degree and begin turning her dream into a reality.

“I have been shaped by life’s experiences and have developed compassion for people and the nursing profession,” Ms Whitehouse explained.

“I also wanted to be a role model for my children and those around me,” she said.

“After completing my Bachelor of Nursing my ambition is to be exposed to a wide range of nursing experiences before further attaining a degree in midwifery.

“My long-term goal is to deliver nursing care to regional and remote communities and provide healthcare to Australia’s disadvantaged population.”

Ms Whitehouse is the first person in her family to go to university and said she was grateful to have been given the opportunity.

“I now believe with a lot of hard work and determination dreams can come true.”