For many young and talented students, working hard at school and achieving outstanding results is no guarantee that they will be able to attend university and fulfil their dreams.
Financial hardship for many students is very real, as current UQ student Madison can attest.
“I had always wanted to go to university, but wasn’t sure if I would get the opportunity,” said Madison, who is now studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Economics at UQ.
“After working really hard at school, my grades were strong enough for me to be accepted into uni, but I couldn’t imagine how I would be able to afford it.”
Fortunately, Madison was one of many students who have benefitted from the UQ Young Achievers Program, which offers aspiring Year 10 students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds a pathway to study at UQ.
“While my family are strong believers in higher education, the financial pressure of supporting me would have simply been too great for them. Without the UQ Young Achievers Scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to come to UQ.”
Madison is set to graduate in 2018 and hopes to pursue a career in tax, assurance or economic policy.
“When I graduate, I hope to get a graduate position within one of the top professional services firms - in either tax or assurance. My ultimate dream is to work at the Commonwealth Treasury where I could help develop Australia’s economic policy.”
Madison says she really appreciates the overwhelming support from the UQ community for the UQ Young Achievers Program, which has helped make her tertiary dreams come true.
“As the first in my family to attend university, I am so grateful for the support I have received,” she said.
You can help students like Madison by giving a gift to the UQ Young Achievers’ Scholarship today.
Your support will provide deserving young people from low-socioeconomic backgrounds with the opportunity to undertake tertiary study. Giving those who might not otherwise have access to university, an opportunity to complete their studies and achieve their full potential. Please give today.