Show Me The Way Blog

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Valuable help for students

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Christi Chapman (second from left) and Emma Dunrobin (fourth from left) with CQ University Emerald Campus coordinator Gai Sypher (fourth from right) and members of the Wangan and Jagalingou people who are members of the Agreement Implementation Group.

BUNDABERG-based Indigenous student Christi Chapman says she’s always had a “keen eye for business” and a hankering to own her own bar, but recognised she has to put in the hard yards to create career opportunities.

Mackay-based Indigenous student Emma Dunrobin has undertaken a summer internship in at the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation in Brisbane, in order to apply her studies in a
real-world environment.
Both of these CQUniversity students recently crossed paths at the Clermont Heritage Centre as recipients of Wangan and Jagalingou Clermont Aboriginal Community Development Fund (ACDF) scholarships, to assist them in their studies over the next four years.

Established by Glencore Coal Assets, the scholarships are valued at $12,500 each year for the duration of the students’ programs (a total value
of $100,000).

As descendants of the Wangan and Jagalingou People, both women had the opportunity to meet with CQUniversity Emerald campus coordinator Gai Sypher, Glencore Coal Assets Australia representatives and members of the Wangan and Jagalingou people who are part of the ACDF Committee.

Aspirations
Studying business and accounting, Ms Chapman says her work in the hospitality industry promoted her interest in owning her own bar, while she also has aspirations to become a business teacher.
“Growing up I actually thought university was for non-Indigenous people, but as I got to high school I thought, nope, I really can do that. I can become a teacher,” she said.

“I want to have that higher education to show not only to me but also my family and friends that Indigenous people can achieve higher education.”

Ms Dunrobin says she has been able to step outside her comfort zone thanks to the support and encouragement of her lecturers.

She said her human resources management internship was a “fantastic opportunity” to gain hands-on workplace experience relevant to her studies, while the scholarship’s financial assistance would be a great help in paying educational expenses, enabling concentration on studies.


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