Scholarships Support Mature-Age Change-Makers

2 June 2023

The three worthy recipients of Community Bank Samford’s Scholarship program have each taken the plunge to change careers later in life in order to help others. The scholarship provides financial assistance to mature-age students enrolled at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Moreton Bay campus.

Each scholarship seeks to offset costs associated with tertiary study that can significantly impact a student’s ability to further their education.

Lynda Aldridge is in her third year of a Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies. Her goal is to become a local teacher focusing on environmental education, enabling students to cultivate positive relationships with themselves and the world around them.

“Whilst am I studying full time, I also undertake casual work as an Outdoor Leader for a school camp facility; therefore, the thought of not having any income for such long periods of time has been a little daunting,” Lynda said.

“Your support has however alleviated the financial burden which will allow me to focus on my studies and continue to strive towards my goal of achieving at least 80 per cent for each subject, which I have managed to achieve so far.”

After working in a paralegal firm and being the sole carer of her mother for much of her life, Zoe Gayton is studying Bachelor of Nursing Science, looking to specialise in Mental Health.

“This scholarship means so much to me and takes a lot of stress off my shoulders,” Zoe said.

“I recently started work as an AIN, however looming ahead is my fourth 4-week placement, and a 6-week internship, which even working 7 days a week will leave me without sufficient income. This scholarship will give me some breathing room to just focus on my studies and learning to be the best nurse I can be,” she said.

As a single mum of five, Rachael Thurlow is also studying a Bachelor of Nursing Science. After 20 years of prioritising motherhood, she decided upon a new career path as a registered nurse and possibly a midwife.

“The wonderful gift of your scholarship will enable me to maintain my focus on my learning. Last year was a tough adjustment for me. However, I am a problem-solver, a capable woman, and a role model to those who look my way,” Rachael said.

Congratulations to these inspirational change-makers who have uprooted their lives to shape future generations and support those in need of medical assistance.

Community Bank Samford provides three UniSC scholarships per year valued at $5000 each, and also offers 3 TAFE scholarships each year, taking the Bank’s annual commitment to $30,000.

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