AVCAT transforming lives through education


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.


Caitlin Gauci – AVCAT Alumni

My TLC scholarship showed me that AVCAT had a deeper intention than just ‘transforming lives through education’. They were also going to do it with compassion and support. By Caitlin Gauci Caitlin Gauci with the Governor General & Mrs Hurley...
Portia Yates

Portia Yates – AVCAT Scholar

It is a true privilege to be recognised by AVCAT and TPI NSW, and I will forever be a grateful recipient of this scholarship. By Portia Yates Larry, Portia (centre) & Marie Yates My name is Portia Yates; I am...

Annabel Jellett – AVCAT Scholar

There is no courage in suffering in silence. Real strength is facing your own vulnerability and realising the importance of human connection.  By Annabel Jellett Annabel Jellett I don’t know how to write about my life without sounding lofty, or...

Aiyahna Browning – AVCAT Scholar

The AVCAT scholarship program provides both reassurance and encouragement, in addition to relieving some of the financial pressure of living so far away from home. By Aiyahna Browning Len Russell - CEO AVCAT, Aiyahan Browning 'Believing' is a verb. It's...

AVCAT Scholar – Kimberley Luty

The Long Tan Bursary has changed everything for me. It gives me breathing room financially and lightens the burden that was always competing with university priorities. By Kimberley Luty My story is not like most AVCAT scholars' stories. I have...

Dr Louise O’Rance – AVCAT Alumni

I’ll never stop being grateful to the trustees who decided to invest in the education of kids from low-income families. It worked. By Dr Louise O'Rance Dr Louise O'Rance My father, Peter, left the navy before I was born, but...

Mia Taylor – AVCAT Scholar

I am fortunate and very grateful for this scholarship. I realise now how much of an influence Pop, Poppy, my great-uncles, and the war veterans at the club had. This influence will stay with me all my life. By Mia...
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Angela Redfern – AVCAT Alumni

I am so grateful to have received the Long Tan Bursary and thus been able to pursue a career where I can assist on the very same surgeries that were performed on my father those many years ago in Vietnam....
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Nicci Thatcher – AVCAT Scholar

I live an exciting life, and that wouldn't be possible without the support of my parents. They encourage me to take every possible opportunity. I've been able to spread my wings thanks to their unconditional support. By Nicci Thatcher Nicci...

Ruby Moore – AVCAT Scholar

My goal is to work with children in the education field... I want to help students to reach their potential and set themselves up for a successful future. By Ruby Moore Ruby with her grandfather Ron This year has been...

Kathleen Vincent-Lucas – AVCAT Scholar

By Kathleen Vincent-Lucas I sit down with my father, a sheet of questions in front of me: my mind gambles on whether I should go off script, greedy with the knowledge of all the stories he can tell. When he...

Grace Hull – AVCAT Alumni

By Grace Hull I was awarded the Long Tan Bursary in 2021. I was eligible through my paternal grandfather’s service in the Australian Army during the Vietnam War. My grandfather’s time in the Army inspired my own father to join...

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