The WAIT Scholarship Fund

The WAIT Scholarship Fund

October 13, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


VO: The Western Australian Institute of Technology
played a pivotal role in shaping the University that Curtin is today. WAIT helped to create
a new future for thousands of students in WA and beyond. And Curtin University is proud
to continue this legacy. VC: Tertiary education has the power to change
lives. Better job prospects, better earning capacity, better health and wellbeing. At
the same time, it’s estimated that one in five domestic full time students in Australia
goes without necessities because they simply can’t afford them.
As WAIT was in its day, Curtin is committed to supporting students, but we need to do more. VO: The WAIT Scholarships Fund is a new $2
million initiative that build upon Curtin’s already strong commitment to ensure a university
education is available to all who aspire to it. And that our brightest minds are rewarded
for their exceptional contributions in the classroom, laboratory and the community. The
WAIT Scholarships Fund allows WAIT alumni to build their past achievements into the
potential successes of the future. Paul Heaney: I came back as a mature aged
student, so I was working two part time jobs, basically the equivalent of full time hour,
plus studying full time. And I can understand how kids can get really really put aside by
that these days, and it’s a shame because there are some brilliant people out there
who we miss the opportunity of geting into the workforce because simply they can’t afford university. Taylor Clark: So growing up and going
through high school, university wasn’t something that was commonly spoke about. I had a single
parent father who was in the military majority of my life, and then just myself and my brother.
And so money was definitely something that we worried about, especially going through
the end of year 12. Paul Heaney: There was an advert on LinkedIn from Curtin Alumni and I saw that and then I went through and looked at the scholarship
and thought, ‘Hey that’s what I struggled with, maybe I can help here’. So I made
a donation to help out. Sam McSweeney: Ok, so I’m studying astronomy
and I’m in my honours year at the moment. And actually before this year, I’ve been
working part time to cover my fees. So this year, I saw the Don Watts Scholarship, applied
and I applied online and went through the process, was interviewed, and won the Don Watts Scholarship.
If I didn’t have the scholarship, my life now would probably look like it did last year,
and the year before, where I’m having to do this juggling act and I think the quality
of my grades and my work wouldn’t be as high as it could. Taylor Clark: I was lucky enough to receive
the Create Your Future Scholarship, which was a scholarship throughout my four year
degree. Pretty much the idea behind it was to give a scholarship to someone who showed
potential of succeeding in higher education, however may find difficulties in terms of financial
hardship, and that definitely was the situation as well. I feel that university was something that I didn’t think I could do, and I just thought it was out of reach. And I am the first person
in my immediate family to, one finish high school, to do the ATAR bound subjects. And
to go to university. Sam McSweeney: When you are going to be donating
money to a cause, and that money falls into the lap of someone who loves what they do,
that is money well spent. You want to find those people who are passionate about
not just their studies, but they have a bigger vision for what they want in the future, and that
money will pay dividends later on. VO: Universities such as Curtin give more
than just lectures, tutorials, and degrees. Curtin prides itself on giving people the
power to shape their own lives in the way they dream. It also gives them the power to
help shape the lives of others. Don Watts: I hope like me, you feel a sense
of pride in being part of something that seeks to improve the world around us. VC: And I look forward to see how your enduring
legacy helps Curtin make tomorrow better. I invite you to support the WAIT Scholarships Fund. Paul Heaney: You know, it doesn’t take much.
If a lot of people only put a little bit in, you end of with a lot to start with, that’s
where I see it as being a really nice thing. So more of you guys ought to have a look at it.