CQUniversity’s vice-chancellor Professor Scott Bowman congratulates Danielle Kerr-Upton with a scholarship to study in Rockhampton next year.
CQUniversity’s vice-chancellor Professor Scott Bowman congratulates Danielle Kerr-Upton with a scholarship to study in Rockhampton next year. Supplied

No HECS debt for Rocky girl

CHOOSING to study at home has cut out the HECS debt burden for Rockhampton’s Danielle Kerr-Upton.

The 17-year-old is among a select group of OP1 students who will be rewarded for choosing a CQUniversity degree.

As well as finding out about her top OP score, Danielle said she was shocked after being told she would earn a scholarship if she studied full-time on campus in the Central Queensland region.

“I thought about studying in Brisbane (next year) but I thought what’s the point when I can live at home and save money?” Danielle said.

This initiative will not only reward excellence but also recognises that high-achievers who study locally are more likely to remain to work in their home region, boosting the talent pool for Central Queensland.

“I want to stay local and I will also have the support of my family in Rockhampton,” Danielle said.

Danielle said the news of her scholarship was a surprise.

“I didn’t even know about it until I got a call from the vice-chancellor,” she said.

Danielle plans to enrol in a Co-op Engineering degree, meaning she can look forward to periods of paid employment within relevant industries as part of her studies.

She says she is particularly interested in electrical engineering and power engineering, drawing on her strengths in mathematics and physics. Danielle also enjoys performing, keeping fit and likes to relax by playing the piano and gardening.



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