A Bundaberg Region Youth Scholarship Award will help winner Atyaf Awad to obtain certifications and purchase specialist software for her visual impairment as she focuses on studying toward her business and accounting goals.
Atyaf is one of the inaugural scholarship recipients under the Bundaberg Regional Council award scheme aimed at providing financial support for youth from the region who are passionate about their education.
Atyaf was born in Iraq and moved to Australia with her mother and siblings when she was 12.
Throughout high school, Atyaf said she worked hard at her studies while also holding down her first job at a local farm market and volunteering at Meals on Wheels.
“One moment that made me want to do even better was seeing how much my parents sacrificed for my siblings and me to have a safe and educational life,” she said.
“After high school, I knew I wanted to study business and accounting at a local university.”
Currently studying a Bachelor degree at CQUniversity, Atyaf is majoring in financial planning and dreams of working for a major corporation.
“The scholarship will not only make me a dedicated and hardworking student but also contribute significantly to my academic, professional, and personal growth,” she said.
“I'm excited about the chance to continue my studies with this scholarship's support and eager to give back to the community.
“I also plan to use it to volunteer in programs related to my studies, which will help others too.
“This scholarship motivates me to keep working hard and reminds me how important education is for my goals.”
Atyaf is committed to contributing to the Bundaberg Region community and enjoys giving back.
“I enjoy the sense of community and the friendly people in the Bundaberg Region,” she said.
“The welcoming atmosphere and cultural diversity here have broadened my horizons.”
The BRYSA scholarship program received 31 nominations with seven recipients awarded based on merit by an Advisory Group made up of representatives from Youth Services Bundaberg, Link & Launch, CQUniversity and Bundaberg Regional Council.
Read about other BRYSA scholarship winners, Anna Harris, Lauren Bloomfield and Patrick Young.