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.

Ringing Bells

Ringing Bells

Belinda Smith has been ringing bells across the world. It’s unusual to compose music for bells but Belinda’s composition is so striking it’s been played in Australia and the USA. Belinda’s composition, originally written for the National Carillon in Canberra...
Joan Hughes, Corey, Peter Helson

Dr Peter Helson – Donor

“I believe that supporting students undertaking higher education courses is investing in Australia’s future” Dr Peter Helson By Dr Peter Helson I initially learned about the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) from an advertisement in...
Madison growing bone cells

Scholarship Recipient Travels to the Frontier of Medical Engineering

Madison Rochford put her AVCAT TPI Queensland scholarship to good use. Travelling to the Netherlands Madison took part in an exclusive opportunity in medical engineering. By Madison Rochford Madison growing bone cells Over the semester break,...
Jarrod Crowley, Angie Redfern, AVCAT CEO Joan Hughes

Angela Redfern – Long Tan Bursary Recipient

Jarrod Crowley, Angie Redfern, AVCAT CEO Joan Hughes Guest speaker Angie Redfern, a 2016 Long Tan Bursary recipient, gave a fantastic speech to the 2018 Long Tan Bursary recipients, their families and members of the ex-service...
From Scratch to Success

From Scratch to Success

Kelly Peihopa AVCAT scholarship recipient Kelly Peihopa found herself starting from scratch, again, after the end of her marriage. Determined to “become educated, so I can provide a good future for myself and my four children,”...
Andrew Jones and Former PM John Howard

Andrew Jones – Never Give Up

Former AVCAT scholarship recipient Andrew Jones emailed us recently to let us know what he’s been up to since graduating with a double degree, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Science, from the University of Queensland in 2014. [caption id="attachment_897" align="alignright"...
Chris Wheat

Chris Wheat – Father, Carer & Scholar

Chris is the kind of man who takes his responsibilities seriously. In 2007 he became the sole carer for his two young daughters, a few years later he quit his long-term job as a fraud investigator to meet their special...
Deni Campbell

Deni Campbell Global Citizen

In high school Deni set herself the goal of working internationally for an NGO and being a global citizen, lofty goals for a teenager not yet at university. Fast forward two and a half years later… Deni is in the...
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Meet Natasha Harvey

Natasha Harvey is well on her way to achieving her mission to protect the planet. Natasha’s results for her first year studying Bachelor of Environmental Systems were so high she made the Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance, was...
Samantha Jeffrey 2017

Blitzing the Field

Second year student Samantha Jeffrey is blitzing the field. Samantha’s first year results were so high she earned a place on the Dean’s Merit List and was awarded Top First Year Student in Bachelor of Social Work at the University...
Welcome to the new AVCAT Chairman, Major General Bill Crews OA (Ret’d)

Welcome to the new AVCAT Chairman, Major General Bill Crews OA (Ret’d)

A very warm welcome to the new AVCAT Chairman, Major General Bill Crews OA (Ret'd) (pictured above with AVCAT CEO, Joan Hughes). Bill has been appointed by the Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, The Hon Dan Tehan MP. Bill served...
Jake Stalker

Long Tan Bursary recipient Jake Stalker is helping others to a brighter future through education

Riverstone resident Jake Stalker knows first-hand that education is the key to overcoming adversity. The Swinburne University student is currently completing the third year of a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), thanks to the financial support of the Department of...

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