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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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A Flying Start

By Dr Anthony Rengel Aviation has always been in my blood. My father was an Air Force veteran, and like my father I have made flying a part of my life. My father, a migrant, joined the Royal Australian Air...
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Emma-Lee Scott – Case Worker

AVCAT alumnus Emma-Lee Scott has been busy since her undergraduate days. Choosing to jump straight into postgraduate study she says, ‘I did a Master’s degree after I finished my undergraduate in Special Education. During that time, I started working for...
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The Ideals of Democracy

Laura Wood - Centre - Recipients of the 2018 Swiss Prize with Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Cardew-Hall (far left) and His Excellency, the Ambassador of Switzerland, Mr Pedro Zwahlen (far right), photo courtesy ANU.   By Laura Wood It’s...
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A Fresh Flow of Clean Water

Joshua Millard wants everyone to have clean drinking water. His aim is to ‘provide drinkable water to remote and impoverished communities, and to use diplomacy skills to source funding and approval.’ Undertaking a Bachelor of Science majoring in Engineering Science,...

Liam’s Got it Made

Bathurst Panorama - Photograph by R Walker Liam Higham is living his dream in the NSW regional city of Bathurst. At the tender age of 22 Liam was able to buy a house. He says ‘I am of the firm...
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Natasha’s Blossoming Career

Natasha Palmer was halfway through a Certificate IV in Agriculture when she applied for the Long Tan Bursary in 2006. AVCAT caught up with Natasha via LinkedIn last month. ‘Since the receipt of the AVCAT Long Tan Bursary in 2007,...
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Jessica’s Dream to Help Others

Jessica has a close and loving relationship with her father, she says ‘he offers me guidance, experience and protection’. When Jessica’s father retired from service due to being incapacitated he started working at home as a full-time parent. ‘My father’s...
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Curtis Takes Flight

Curtis Rayment always had a plan, he was going to do whatever it took to become a Royal Flying Doctor. Curtis grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Western Queensland, where the district was experiencing the worst drought it...
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A Little TLC

By Caitlin Gauci At the 2013 AVCAT Scholarship awards ceremony in Brisbane, I accepted my scholarship with the deepest gratitude and a little confusion. I had been awarded the TLC scholarship but had no idea what the acronym was supposed...
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Writing a New Legacy

Maddie Cook jumped into a Bachelor of Journalism at UTS with no idea what she was getting herself into. ‘All I knew was that I loved to write, and because my father was a journalist, good writing would be in...
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What the Long Tan Bursary Means to Me

'To me, this Long Tan Bursary is recognition of Dad’s service in Vietnam. I am proud of my Dad’s service and I am grateful he came home safely, unlike others.' By Catherine Allingham I would like to explain just why...

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...

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