The Bundaberg Region community is being encouraged to support university students through the CQUniCares Appeal.
Through the appeal, CQUniCares scholarships are being made available to students to access long-term support to start and stay at university as well as emergency grants for immediate help in an unforeseen crisis.
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) student and CQUniCares Student Success Scholarship recipient, Sean Campbell admits, “the financial strain of studying did have me questioning the future of my degree”.
Sean is now spreading the word about the importance and value of contributing to the appeal, which will be held from 1 – 4 December.
In what has been a challenging year, the CQUniCares Appeal is raising funds to give hope to students.
Sean is the first in his family to enrol at university, after serving for many years in the British Army and the Royal Australian Navy.
“University has been a godsend to me as it has opened my eyes to the possibilities of life with a proper education and the amenities which have seen me through some troubled times,” Sean said.
“It also allowed me to show my own children that they can achieve anything they want at any age.”
He said the scholarship helped to alleviate pressure and allowed him to put more time and energy into completing his studies.
It also helped with the purchase of textbooks, course requirements and travel costs associated with practicums and classes.
“I have always been the one to help and assist others rather than the one to ask or accept help,” he said.
“Receiving my scholarship has shown that you should never be too proud to ask for help when needed, as there are so many within the CQUniversity family who are willing to assist.”
CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp said the impacts of COVID-19 on universities – and their students – had been unprecedented.
“2020 has been a very challenging and disrupting year for us all, and CQUniversity students are no exception,” Professor Klomp said.
“Many students have lost the work they rely on to finance their studies. Some are worried about family and friends in virus hot spots.
“Others are experiencing food and housing insecurity. Work experience placements have been affected, childcare arrangements disrupted, and family and community support networks impacted.
“We’re doing everything we can to help our students in need, but more could be achieved with the support of our community.”
“Please join me in donating what you can. Your generosity will make a really important difference for our students, their families and the communities we all are a part of.”
Details on how you can support the 2020 CQUniCares Appeal are available via www.cqu.edu.au/appeal.