Tahlia Drury will begin her study at Bond University in January thanks to a 50% scholarship provided by the uni and the RSL.
Tahlia Drury will begin her study at Bond University in January thanks to a 50% scholarship provided by the uni and the RSL. Chris Ison

Rockhampton girl off to university thanks to RSL

ONE lucky Rockhampton student has been given the chance to attend the prestigious Bond University thanks to her local RSL.

Tahlia Drury has just graduated from Glenmore State High School and is one of only three Queensland students to be awarded a 50% scholarship to the Gold Coast university, as part of a partnership between Bond and the RSL.

After taking part in the RSL's youth development course in both 2011 and 2012, she was awarded the scholarship, worth about $75,000, over the length of the course.

She will be starting a dual law and psychology degree on January 7.

"I'm very excited," Tahlia said.

"At the same time I have to move to the Gold Coast so I am a bit anxious to be leaving my family."

Although it's a small university she is looking forward to life on campus.

"There's only 4000 people on campus, and that's the entire university itself so it's very small and limited to get into," Tahlia said.

"While it's private and expensive, the smaller class sizes and more hands-on approach really appealed to me - the fact it would be more of a high school environment where you have the teachers there supporting you constantly, rather than a larger university where you're sort of not compelled to put your hand up and ask questions.

"It's more of a community feel around the campus."

President of the RSL Pioneer-Fitzroy-Highlands district Roy Cunneen said it was a great achievement.

"Tahlia has completed two (youth development) programs in conjunction with Bond University... and there have been about 800 or so recipients of those grants," he said.

"It is the graduates of that program that Bond use to select only three to go and do their degree of choice.

"So we're very proud to have Tahlia here in Rockhampton and it's a big thing for this city."



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