“It was the only option I ever considered. It simply didn’t make sense to juggle the logistics and financial aspect of getting to Brisbane every day when there was a brilliant university in my own town,” Chloe said.
“For me, the location was never the issue though, it was more how I would afford a university education,” she said.
“I applied for quite a few scholarships when I was finishing Year 12 in the hope I would be successful in just one of them so I could study Paramedicine at USQ.”
Chloe’s dedication paid off when she was named the 2018 recipient of the Greenwood-Tomkys Paramedicine Scholarship.
“If I’m honest, I had got to the point where I knew deep down that if I didn’t get some sort of scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to study, so the scholarship was very much both a life changer and a life saver for me,” she said.
“It was more than just money for me too – it was this awesome recognition that someone believed in me. I’d had a few struggles at home and I just really wanted to prove myself.”
The 21-year-old completed her degree in 2020 and proudly accepted a position with the New South Wales Ambulance Service in April 2021.
“It’s such a great job and it’s different every single day, which I love. Knowing so much about the human body, how it works, and learning still with every shift, is so good. It’s my dream career and without the help of the Greenwood-Tomkys Scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to pursue it.
“It was the difference between having a degree and not having a degree, so I’m very thankful.”
Born and raised in Ipswich, Chloe Ostrofski had always planned to study at the local University of Southern Queensland campus.