UQ Future Leader and Young Alumni Advisory Board member Kate Row will take the trip of a lifetime in June when she travels to Buckingham Palace in London to be presented with an award by Her Majesty the Queen.
In January, Ms Row was announced as a recipient of The Queen’s Young Leader Award 2014, an award that recognised exceptional people aged 18-29 who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.
Ms Row’s experience as a champion of social change has helped raise awareness and understanding of disabilities among children and young people - work that The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust sees as vitally important to the Commonwealth community.
Just two Queen’s Young Leaders Awards were given to Australians in 2014, with Ms Row’s accomplishments and dedication to the community setting her apart from the thousands of entries for the award.
Miss Row is completing her Masters of International Public Health at UQ, and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in political science.
She is a Young Ambassador for UNICEF in the field of civil rights and is also the Executive Committee Member for the Public Health Association of Australia.
She is passionate about enhancing opportunities for people with disabilities and believes everyone deserves a happy and full life.
Winners of the prestigious Award for 2014 receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential program in the UK.
Ms Row and fellow Australian recipient Emily Smith will join the 58 other winners from across the Commonwealth in London and at Cambridge University, participating in activities that will ensure they are able to continue to develop and extend on the amazing work they are doing in their communities.
Ms Row also holds a Bachelor of Psychology and was a member of the Queensland Youth Parliament, representing the seat of Clayfield.
She has represented the University in a range of capacities, as a Mentor of the Young Achievers Program, as a School Liaison Student Ambassador, and now as part of the Future Leaders group and the Young Alumni Advisory Board.