Rising Stars Scholarships help students achieve their best

Published in the July 2016 issue

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The Rising Stars Scholarships ceremony at the Gold Coast Tweed.

Recipients and donors at the Gold Coast Tweed ceremony.

Each year Southern Cross University and its partners support new and continuing students via the Rising Stars Scholarship program.

Among the new recipients for 2016 are rising swimming star and biomedical science student, Moesha Johnson, who was awarded the Summerland Credit Union scholarship, and Justin Leigh-Smith, a science Honours student, who received the Rowe Scientific Chemistry Honours scholarship.

Moesha and Justin were among the students who attended Rising Stars Scholarships ceremonies at each campus this month where they officially received their scholarships and met their donors.

The Gold Coast Tweed ceremony was held on July 12 at the Kirra Community and Cultural Centre. The Lismore ceremony was at Zest Function Centre on campus on July 19, followed by the Coffs Harbour ceremony on July 26 in the Osprey Restaurant located on campus.

Moesha is studying the Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree as a pathway to becoming a surgeon.

The 18-year-old swam a personal best at the Australian Swimming Championships earlier this year and is part of the University’s Elite Athlete Program.

Moesha, who is one of the faces of SCU’s new promotional campaign, said she was grateful to secure a Summerland Credit Union Scholarship which was acknowledged at the Lismore ceremony.

Justin Leigh-Smith.

Rowe Scientific Chemistry Honours Scholarship recipient, Justin Leigh-Smith.

“The Summerland Credit Union Scholarship is a huge help with buying textbooks and the other costs in getting established at University,” said Moesha, who attended Palm Beach Currumbin State School prior to studying at SCU this year.

Summerland Credit Union, a foundation donor of the Rising Stars program, also supports two continuing students with scholarships.

Justin Leigh-Smith’s life reads like a boys’ own adventure growing up on the Gold Coast: boats, surfing, diving and mountain bikes, then later gaining his qualification in the boatbuilding trade.

Now the science Honours student is undertaking research into the effects of iron on fertilisation success and larval development for reef-building coral.

Justin was awarded the Rowe Scientific Chemistry Honours Scholarship at the Gold Coast Tweed ceremony. Yvonne Dive from Rowe Scientific’s Brisbane office attended the ceremony to meet Justin.

The University welcomes Rowe Scientific as a new scholarship partner, which has its headquarters in Perth and offices around Australia.

Justin said the Rowe Scientific Chemistry Honours Scholarship had helped him with the costs of his study. Justin hopes to be a role model for mature aged students.

“I’ve been in the boating industry for two decades, however I felt at the crossroads in my career,” said Justin of his decision to start a Bachelor of Marine Science and Management by distance education in 2010.

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Recipients and donors at the Lismore ceremony.

“I wanted to pursue a true passion of mine which was to gain an understanding of what was happening under the water. It intrigued me that the oceans cover so much of the planet yet so little is known.

“The scholarship is recognition of me making the sacrifices to invest in my future and find something I really enjoy and about which I am passionate,” said Justin.

Other scholarship highlights include:

  • The Rous Water Scholarship, a new donor, was awarded to Lisa Hansberry, a final year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering student, studying at the Lismore campus.
  • The Mayor of Lismore Scholarship recipients are: David Stuckey (Richmond River High School) in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering program; Kirralee Turner in the Bachelor of Media; and Karen Junge in the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences.
  • The Mary Dent Music scholarship was awarded to Declan Delaney (St John’s College, Woodlawn), a Bachelor of Contemporary Music student.
  • It was a scholarships hat-trick for Palm Beach Currumbin State School graduates: along with Moesha, law student Kahurangi Simpson and speech pathology student Georgia Wingett were both awarded the SCU Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships at the Gold Coast Tweed ceremony.
  • The OPEM Psychology Honours scholarship was awarded to Jessica Gillies studying the Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours at Coffs Harbour.
  • The TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute Pathways scholarship was awarded to Megan Johnstone who is studying the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) degree.
Coffs Harbour ceremony for Rising Stars Scholarship recipients and donors.

Recipients and donors at the Coffs Harbour ceremony.

Thank you to all our Rising Stars Scholarship donors:

  • Jim Dickinson (Richmond Dairies)
  • Kennelly Constructions
  • Far North Coast Law Society
  • Richmond Valley Council
  • The Lord’s Taverners (Northern NSW)
  • Connecting Southern Gold Coast
  • Southern Gold Coast Tourism/Events ‘Skalaship”
  • Feros Care Podiatry
  • FNC
  • Diabetes Queensland
  • Louise Morgan bequest
  • SCU-Bowen
  • Twin Towns Services Club
  • Twin Towns Services Community Foundation
  • OPEM
  • TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute
  • Rous Water
  • Mary Dent
  • Summerland Credit Union
  • Lismore City Council
  • Tweed Shire Council
  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Thomas, Noble and Russell
  • Optus Business Centre
  • Fuji Xerox Business Centre
  • The New Camera House
  • John and Sheilagh Kaske bequest
  • Environmental Analysis Laboratory
  • SCU Alumni
  • Rebecca Coyle Memorial Scholarship
  • Pisan Saran
  • Ganli Gnanjaleh Wigjalah
  • Rowe Scientific
  • ANZ
  • Malcolm Marshall
  • Gairbraid

If you are interested in exploring becoming a scholarship donor, visit the Rising Stars Scholarships program website.

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