Two students have been awarded a CQUniCares Queensland Country Bank Scholarship to complete their higher education.
Mother-of-three Kate Watson is studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy full-time at CQUniversity’s Rockhampton campus and was awarded $10,000 to assist with her studies.
Ms Watson said as the parent of a child with significant medical needs, she has witnessed first-hand the difference occupational therapy can make on a person’s life.
“Occupational therapists help people achieve their goals through engagement in occupations of self-care, work, leisure, school, and play,” she said.
“Winning this scholarship means so much as it will relieve some of the financial costs associated with attending university and free my time to focus on study and caring for my family.”
Queensland Country Bank also awarded a one-off scholarship of $2,500 for student Thalep Ahmat to upgrade his old, slow laptop.
Mr Ahmat, who is of Torres Strait Island heritage, currently works as a counsellor and regularly travels to Woorabinda for work. He is studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science part-time with the goal of filling the gap in the availability of culturally and clinically appropriate services in Central Queensland.
“I’m hoping to gain more skills to be able to help improve Indigenous mental health in the region,” he said.
“I’m already familiar with the community, I understand the hardships they’ve faced and continue to face. I’m visible and accepted by the community and I really want to help.”
Rockhampton Branch Manager Jodie Hare said Queensland Country was proud to support the CQUniCares scholarship program for the sixth year in the row.
“As a member-owned organisation we are always looking at ways to support people and organisations that aim to bring meaningful and positive change to their community,” she said.
“Kate and Thalep are two great examples of people striving to make a positive difference and we couldn’t be more proud to support their academic endeavours.”