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CQUni Indigenous Graduate Tyrone prepares for a long career in law and order

Published:11 December 2020

CQUni Indigenous graduate Tyrone Mason-Jones.

Recent CQUniversity graduate Tyrone Mason-Jones plans to follow in his father’s footsteps into law and order, with a scholarship helping him along the way.

The 24-year-old graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science on 8 December, but he is already contemplating further study in the area of criminology.

“While I have been admitted to the Criminology degree, I am considering doing a postgraduate course in the same field instead,” Tyrone said.

“My overall interest in psychology and by extension, Criminology comes primarily from two things. Firstly, I think the capabilities of the mind have interested me for a long time, especially in understanding how or why people act in certain ways and how those actions can differ based on other factors.

“With Criminology, the primary motivator is probably my dad who was a Queensland police officer for 15 years before retiring. This, coupled with psychology, seems to have clearly sparked my interest in understanding the criminal mind and the structure and systems in place that try to reduce and rehabilitate or in some cases enable or promote.

“Once I complete the postgraduate degree, I hope to either be working with the Australian Federal Police or ASIO,” Tyrone said.

As a young Indigenous man, who identifies with the Bidjara and Ghungalu people on his mother’s side, and the Barkji people on his father’s side, he realised that he was setting an example for the wider Indigenous community.

Tyrone’s potential became apparent very early on into his STEPS studies with him receiving scholarship support from Central Queensland Indigenous Development (CQID).

“I was awarded a CQID Scholarship in 2020,” he said. “It was a big help to me financially, especially during this year with the Covid-19 pandemic. The scholarship helped a lot with the costs of books, but it also helped a lot with buying a new computer to be able to complete my assessments.”

CQUniCares Central Queensland Indigenous Development (CQID) Scholarships (valued up to $5000 for a year) provide recognition and financial support to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students studying an accounting, professional communication, psychology or social work undergraduate course who reside and study in Longreach, Emerald, Woorabinda, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg or Hervey Bay.

CQID CEO Jason Field said “As Central Queensland’s largest Indigenous community controlled organisation, CQID has a leadership role in fostering better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The transformative power of education is a proven channel for changing the destiny of families, so we are very pleased to partner with CQUni to create change. On behalf of our community, I congratulate Tyrone for his persistence and achievement and encourage others to follow his example.”

Tyrone encouraged other Indigenous youth to seriously consider university education.

“While believing in yourself is certainly true, I think in many cases believing in yourself is easier said than done. It helps to know that there are people out there who want to see you succeed and go places that you yourself might not have even thought about it,” he said.

“I would also say to set reasonable goals for yourself. It's good to have an idea of what you want to do or where you want to be in 10 years, but sometimes those goals can be overwhelming. So, in those cases smaller goals might be more rewarding personally and not so overwhelming.”

CQID is proud to offer again new life transforming scholarships to CQUniversity students early 2021 – to apply and find out more, visit https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses/future-students/scholarships/offerings/cqunicares-cqid-scholarship