For 18-year-old Amanda Smythe, a University of Southern Queensland scholarship was all it took to change her life.
Amanda, who completed Year 12 at St Joseph’s College in Toowoomba last year, was nominated by her principal for the Vice-Chancellor’s Principal’s Recommendation Scholarship.
Winning the scholarship means Amanda will finish her Bachelor of Business without a HECS debt, which she said had given her a huge head start in her career.
“It’s really great knowing that when I finish my degree I won’t have that debt hanging over me,” Amanda said.
“That has really taken the pressure off, because it means I can concentrate on my studies rather than running between part-time jobs.”
The scholarship Amanda received is just one of a large number offered by USQ, but the deadline to apply for all scholarships is drawing near — October 26.
The University offers current and future students scholarships in a wide range of areas, covering everything from the cost of textbooks right up to a large part of your degree.
Amanda was also a participant in the Head Start program, which provides an opportunity for high achieving Year 11 and 12 students who have the capability, maturity and motivation, to study a USQ course prior to finishing high school.
Amanda studied an Accounting course, which she said gave her a great insight into what “Uni life” is really like.
“I started off wanting to do a commerce degree, but the Head Start program really opened my eyes and made me look at my strengths and weaknesses and think about where I wanted to go in my career.”
Amanda is now majoring in Marketing and working part-time in USQ’s Marketing department as a Student Ambassador, visiting schools and talking to students about the opportunities a University education can bring.
She said she tries to dispel the “big myth” that you have to score an OP1 or 2 to get a scholarship.
“Scholarships aren’t just for academic merit,” she said. “There are scholarships available to a whole range of people for many different reasons.”
“Anyone who is thinking about going to USQ should look at applying for a scholarship.”
“It has definitely worked for me.”
To see which USQ scholarship is right for you, visit: www.usq.edu.au/scholarships
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