Support helps Connor overcome challenges

Student scholarship Connor Holdback Augustus Short Scholarship

The gift of education through a scholarship, award or grant for academic excellence can change the lives of outstanding students and inspire them to make a difference in the world.

The University continues to welcome a student body of democratic breadth, with 16 per cent of our students coming from low socio-economic circumstances. We are proud of the various pathway programs we have in place to assist young people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend university.

Many of our supporters choose to support Augustus Short Scholarships, which are awarded to bright students from all walks of life to pursue a tertiary education without the burden of financial hardship.

Connor was born with cerebral palsy, which makes attending university and working to support himself a challenge. Any employment that requires him to stand for long hours is simply not manageable. Receiving an Augustus Short Scholarship has been of terrific support.

“I was relieved when I found out I had received the scholarship,” says Connor. “I had been stressed about a lack of income, and the scholarship was a great solution to my problems – it means I don’t have to focus on both work and study at the same time and I can work to the best of my ability in my university endeavours.”

Issues of financial hardship, relocating from rural areas or perhaps a disability might have played their role in inhibiting bright students from succeeding, but with the help of donors like you, we are able to support these young leaders of tomorrow to achieve their dreams.

You can give to the 2019 Augustus Short Scholarship Appeal today.

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