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Stories

The voice of the scholar is the single most important feature in assessing and realising the impact of a scholarship. We are proud of all of our scholars. Here are some their stories reflecting on their journey.

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Sofie Gilmartin on NAIDOC Week

I am passionate about helping and caring for Aboriginal women in rural Australia. Being Aboriginal and growing up in numerous rural locations, I have a desire to return and be of service wherever I can. By Sofie Gilmartin My name...
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Chloe Dean – AVCAT Scholar

By Chloe Dean Chloe, her Dad & Service Dog Bailey My name is Chloe and I am honoured to be a recipient of the Legacy Australia - John Gough Memorial Scholarship. Each ANZAC Day, I march with my Dad and...
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Julia Clugston – AVCAT Alumni

I was fortunate enough to receive the AVCAT Long Tan Bursary after being encouraged to apply by my secondary school teachers. With this scholarship, I was able to see myself off to university in Melbourne to study a Bachelor of...
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Sonya McDowall – AVCAT Scholar

The Long Tan Bursary has made a huge difference in easing the financial pressures of being an older student and has enabled me to continue to work towards achieving my dream. By Sonya McDowall Sonya and her hearing assistance dog...
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Ryan Fletcher – AVCAT Scholar

I am proud of my Dad’s service in Vietnam, and to be awarded the Long Tan Bursary means a lot. I know my Dad, in turn, can be proud of me.   By Ryan Fletcher Supplied: Ryan surrounded by members of...
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Seraphina Smith – AVCAT Scholar

Although I possess an innate drive to succeed, I am also motivated by a desire to excel for my sponsor who has supported me throughout my studies and its accompanying challenges. Whilst my peers worried about job security and housing...
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A Moment’s Silence

AVCAT Scholar Madelyne Reflects on Remembrance Day By Madelyne Knape Remembrance Day, the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, a day where peace finally fell over the battlefield after years of bloodshed; a day first observed...
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Macey Bennett – AVCAT Scholar

Every person has a unique perspective on the way the world has shaped them, and everyone has a unique story to convey how they walk the earth. My family, my passions, and the opportunities in my life have influenced the...
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AVCAT Scholar – Georgia Caire

I have been financially independent since I moved away from home at 18. Receiving the Long Tan Bursary has been life changing. By Georgia Caire Georgia and her Pop For personal reasons I do not have contact with my father....
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Sarah Phillips on NAIDOC Week

Sarah and her children My name is Sarah Phillips, and I am an Aboriginal woman from the Gold Coast. I am in my second year of a Bachelor of Midwifery at Southern Cross University. I am a mother to four...
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Kerry Hespe

I have a brain injury, but what is the use of being alive unless I continue to do my best, be my best and show my two girls that I'm not perfect, but I'll continue to improve. By Kerry Hespe...
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Nicole Watson – AVCAT Scholar

‘Like many disabled scholars I refuse to let my impairments control my life, I will find other ways to make my dreams happen.’ By Nicole Watson I am incredibly humbled to be awarded the 2021 RSL Queensland Scholarship and to...

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