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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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Grace Sholl

By Grace Sholl Servant leadership runs in my family’s blood. Both of my maternal great-grandfathers served during WWI, and several of my maternal great-uncles served in Vietnam. Both my mother and father carried on this tradition, serving for over 60...
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Leah Whitmore

By Leah Whitmore My inspiration to become a primary school teacher originated in my final years of high school when I was helping to teach kindergarten and pre-primary children. The influence of the teachers I worked with during this time...
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Jayanna Gibson

By Jayanna Gibson My name is Jayanna Gibson, and I am one of the incredibly grateful 2019 recipients of the Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy (BWL) Scholarship through the Australian Veterans Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT). My AVCAT BWL scholarship allows me...
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Jacob Morath

By Jacob Morath I have always been proud of my family’s military service history, with it dating back to both World Wars. My interest in world affairs was founded and fostered by my dad. Dad is a Vietnam Veteran who...
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Tessa Lucas

By Tessa Lucas I was brought up on stories of the Australian Defence Force. Both my grandfathers, Grumpy and Poppy, are veterans. My Grumpy, Charlie, served in Korea with the Royal Australian Air Force and my Poppy, Ron, served in...
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Broader Horizons

By Hannah Howard For me nursing wasn’t something that ran in the family, but with trips to the hospital with my Pop, who is undergoing cancer treatment, I thought this was something I could be interested in. Taking the plunge,...
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Beyond the Look

By Caley Miles From the age of 15 I knew that the film and television industry was one I wanted to be a part of. When I was much younger it was the idea of the Oscars, and all the...
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Creative Control

By Annalise Walker Both my parents work in creative industries, so it’s no surprise that I turned out the same. Growing up I was constantly surrounded by my Dad’s passion for video and my Mum’s love for sewing and photography,...
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Emily’s Inspiration

By Emily Thompson-Young My father was in the army, and is incapacitated due to knee injuries sustained throughout his career. I grew up watching Dad attend many physiotherapy sessions to maintain his leg strength. This ensured he could continue walking...
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Alumni News – Angela Redfern

Congratulations to Angela Redfern. Angela has been accepted into the Doctor of Medicine program at the University of Notre Dame, WA starting in 2020. We are delighted for Angela and wish her all the very best as she begins the...
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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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