JESSIE Dixon was one of 30 students recognised for excellence and commitment to their study at Australian Catholic University’s annual scholarship awards ceremony on Thursday.
The first year bachelor or nursing and bachelor of paramedicine student received the George Alexander Foundation scholarship.
The scholarship was established in 2007 and is valued at $15,000, aimed at full-time, first year, undergraduate students from the Ballarat campus who are from a rural or regional location and have attained a minimum ATAR of 75 or equivalent.
Ms Dixon is from Horsham, and moved to Ballarat to finish her VCE at Ballarat Clarendon College.
In her application, she submitted her CV and a three-year-plan outlining how the scholarship funds would assist with developing her skills and completing her studies.
“I want to become a peer leader; to help first year students transition from secondary school to university, and hopefully they can learn from my experience,” Ms Dixon said.
She plans to use the scholarship funds on university expenses including books, uniforms, accommodation, and to help cut the cost of living away from home.
“This scholarship provides me with financial reassurance and will allow me to participate in extra-curricular activities which will broaden my experiences and enhance my knowledge.”
Ms Dixon wants to complete her graduate year in Melbourne as a paramedic to strengthen her experience. She then aims to move back to a rural area, to help improve the lives of those in the community.
“I am extremely grateful to the scholarship donors. Their kindness and generosity will enable me to achieve my academic goals and reach my full potential.”
Scholarships ranged from $500 to 15,000 and include Ballarat Diocesan Schools Advisory Council Bishop’s Award, Country Education Foundation of Australia Study Awards, Dave Dandy Citations and Prize, Rotary Club of Ballarat South Dr John Griffiths Nursing Awards and more.