Region’s Rising Stars receive scholarships

Published in the February 2017 issue

Southern Cross University and its partners have awarded a new round of Rising Stars Scholarships to support new and continuing students.

These prestigious scholarships are made available by the University, local councils, generous community groups, industry and individuals who believe in the value of education. The Australian Government also provides scholarships. Many of the recipients will begin or continue their studies in Session 1 this year, with the scholarships officially awarded at a ceremony in July.

Undergraduate scholarships available to students include the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, Summerland Credit Union Scholarship, The SCU Bowen Scholarship, The Louise Morgan Head-Start Scholarship, Ballina Shire Council Scholarship and North Coast TAFE Pathways Scholarship. Three Mayor of Lismore Scholarships are awarded annually at Southern Cross University. Worth $5000 each, the scholarships are awarded to a high school leaver, a second-year student and a mature age student.

 Meet some of our recipients:


Growing up on a 10-acre farm in Coraki and spending weekends out on the boat with her father is what sparked Nyomi Bodley’s interest in the natural world around her.

Nyomi Bodley

Nyomi Bodley

The Lismore High School dux of 2016 was awarded a  Mayor of Lismore Scholarship to pursue her dream of studying the combined Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management at Southern Cross University, starting in Session 1.

The 18-year-old said it was during a school excursion to the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour that helped her decide Southern Cross University was for her.

“I was really impressed by the facilities which we will use even more in our third and fourth year – it is what really sold me the degree,” she said.

Nyomi received the Year 12 Caltex Best All Rounder student award and as part of her high school volunteering class, helped primary school students twice a week with reading and writing and delivered Meals on Wheels once a week, while also organising fundraisers, participating in school events, playing with her local hockey club and working a part-time job.

“This degree will provide me with both research skills and practical knowledge on land and in water and help me reach my career aspirations in marine science and biology,” she said.


Joshua Nuspan

Joshua Nuspan

For soccer-mad student Joshua Nuspan, the thrill of receiving an academic scholarship to Southern Cross University was like scoring a grand final goal.

The 18-year-old Tyalgum local graduated from Mt St Patrick College in Murwillumbah last year and with the support of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship will study a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at the Gold Coast campus.

“When I found out about the scholarship back in December I couldn’t believe it. I felt ecstatic and I was just in shock,” he said.

Joshua’s scholarship, awarded for academic excellence, is worth $5000 per year across the degree. He will be the first person in his immediate family to study at university.

“I’m pretty sporty so I think this degree will fit in perfectly for me and it caters for what I want to do,” he said. “My dream is to one day work in a football (soccer) club over in Europe.”

Joshua said he was looking forward to Orientation Week from February 20 – 24.



For Woolgoolga student Jazmyn Hennessy, a scholarship to study nursing at Southern Cross University is a step closer to her dream career in health.

Jazmyn Hennessy

Jazmyn Hennessy

During her final year at Woolgoolga High School in 2016, Jazmyn completed a Communication in Organisations subject at Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour campus through the 12-week Head-Start program on Wednesday afternoons.

Jazmyn  was one of the highest achievers in the Head-Start cohort, receiving the Louise Morgan scholarship, worth $2000.

“When I found out I’d received the scholarship I couldn’t believe it, it was a really cool reward when all the hard work paid off. I’m going to use it to get my textbooks,” she said. “Right now I’m heading towards working as an emergency nurse because I will like the pace compared to other parts of the profession.

“I really enjoyed getting a head start on university life, especially learning skills such as referencing.”

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  1. Diana Doust says:

    Congratulations Naomi, well done!