CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman (left) with Iwasaki Foundation Bursary recipients and Foundation representatives. L-R Daniela Fletcher-Matthews, Hollie Fouche, Emily Donaldson, Kathy La Praik, Joshua McErlean, Mikaela Nuojua, Hugh Grant, Chris Kennard, Joshua Humphris, Matthew White, Jacqueline Smith and Desley Rial.
CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman (left) with Iwasaki Foundation Bursary recipients and Foundation representatives. L-R Daniela Fletcher-Matthews, Hollie Fouche, Emily Donaldson, Kathy La Praik, Joshua McErlean, Mikaela Nuojua, Hugh Grant, Chris Kennard, Joshua Humphris, Matthew White, Jacqueline Smith and Desley Rial. Contributed.

Bursary support helps students

RECIPIENTS of Iwasaki Foundation bursaries have expressed gratitude for feeling like part of a family, which complements the Foundation's generous financial support.

New and continuing recipients gathered recently at CQUniversity to recognise the importance of the bursaries since the program began seven years ago.

A total of 22 CQUni recipients have so far benefited from $600,000 worth of awards, with eight of these students already graduating and, alongside other CQUni Alumni, now making a difference in our communities.

New recipient Daniela Fletcher-Matthews, of Yeppoon, says the $10,000 bursary support each year will enable her to focus more on the content of her Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree, rather than on her finances.

"This will be valuable to cover textbooks, computer gear and wi-fi access as well as costs associated with travelling to schools as a prac teacher,” Daniela says.

"I'm really looking forward to a teaching career specialising in Health and Physical Education and English classes.”

Speaking as a 2014 recipient, Rockhampton's Matthew White says the Iwasaki Foundation Bursary was a life-changer which came at a time when he was struggling to put the pieces of his life together.

"It gave me a helping hand at a time I was struggling and changed my trajectory giving me the opportunity to continue with full-time studies, so I'm now close to graduating from an Engineering (Co-op) degree. The bursary is really run like we are all part of a family.”

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and several representatives of the Foundation attended, including Chair Hugh Grant and Bursary Sub-Committee Chair Chris Kennard.



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