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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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The Final Countdown

AVCAT student John Mathieson  wrote a wonderful note to the War Widows' Guild of NSW. The War Widows' Guild of NSW sponsor John's scholarship. John with Rhondda Vanzella OAM - President WWG NSW Thanks to the Australian War Widows’ NSW,...
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Alumni News – Gemma Lawton

AVCAT alumni Gemma has been making a splash blowing her horn. Earlier this year Gemma toured Spain with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony. The ensemble is an elite group of 40 of the best wind symphonic students at...
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Tales from the City

Photo by Laura MacDonald AVCAT alumni Laura moved from rural NSW to Melbourne for university. Laura says, ‘the most challenging thing for me with moving from the country to the city was finding solitude’. Laura warmed to the city as...
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Karla Price

By Karla Price I grew up in the coastal Queensland city of Hervey Bay with my mum and dad, Mary-Anne and Marty, and my two brothers Sean and Chris. I have always been passionate about photography and filmmaking so when...
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Solving Wonderful Mysteries

By Jessica Baker I always knew I wanted to do something that would make an impact in the world, and I’ve always loved science. This year I finally saw my years of hard work culminate, and my two passions combine,...
Amanda and her father, a Vietnam veteran, on the Gili Islands.

Helping Horses on the Gili Islands

By Amanda Drought As an avid animal lover, and Dr Harry fan, my ambition to become a vet started from a young age. As I grew older this ambition stuck with me and grew stronger. My bi-cultural, Indonesian and Australian, upbringing...
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Alessandra Bridge Designs Her Future

Alessandra & her computer By Alessandra Bridge When I graduated from high school, in 2017 I received an OP score of 18* or below, only seven ranks away from the lowest achievable OP score. This is despite putting in the...
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Setting Sail & Changing Course

AVCAT RSL Queensland Scholarship student Sarah was living right in the middle of her dream, but it wasn't what she expected. Instead of wallowing Sarah got right down to working out a new direction. By Sarah Strong I’ve dreamed of...
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Julia Clugston – Correspondent

By Julia Clugston   Receiving one of the Long Tan Bursaries for 2019 was one of the most exciting things to happen to me this year. I come from a small town called Stawell which is located in the Grampians...
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AVCAT RSL Queensland Scholarship a ‘life-changer’

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Bill Roberts OAM – AVCAT Board

We wanted to get to know our board members a little better. Our board works so hard for AVCAT giving us their time, skills and experience. We asked them to tell us their stories and how that motivates them to...
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Treading the Boards

Photo by Nick Morrissey It fills me with gratitude to think about what the future holds, and I’m so grateful to AVCAT and RSL Queensland for backing me in the pursuit of a professional career. Chase your dreams with determination,...

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