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ECU staff inspire each other to support students

Wednesday, 26 October 2016


Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman was delighted to invite the ECU Staff Giving Community to a special thank you lunch to celebrate and thank them for their philanthropic giving.  

Since 2014, the ECU Staff Givers have made an incredible impact on the lives of students at ECU. Together, they have raised just over $68,000 which has resulted in 19 Inspiring Minds Scholarships, and contributed to HealthInfoNet, Melanoma, Exercise Medicine and the WAAPA Visiting Artist Program.

There are students at ECU who have fought to overcome extraordinary adversity in order to attend our University. For many students, financial assistance is the deciding factor between graduating or discontinuing their studies. The ECU Staff Giving Program allows them to not only shape their own futures, but to in turn give back to their community.

We heard from Inspiring Minds Research Scholarship Recipient, Ashleigh McEvoy about impact the scholarship has had for her.   “The Inspiring Minds Scholarship has allowed me to focus on my research, rather than having to be employed to supplement our family income whilst working on my PhD project. This has given me the chance to learn new techniques which are paramount for my project and I have been able to keep up with my reading. I am thoroughly enjoying being a PhD student, which I am sure is partly because of not having financial stress! Thank you for your generosity.”

Janet Bartolomei, a member of the Staff Giving Community spoke of what inspired her to give to the Inspiring Minds Scholarship.   “I give to honour my late uncle Joe who had been a brilliant student at school and had the expectation and aspiration of going to university to study architecture or engineering.  Due to family circumstances, my grandparents were unable to support him.  After trying other avenues to study engineering, including joining the RAAF during the war to become a pilot, he realised he would not fulfil his ambitions and gave up on his dreams.  Hopefully, my small contribution can go some way to assist others in fulfilling their ambitions” said Janet.

By giving to the staff giving program, staff members are sending a powerful message to their colleagues, the community, friends and donors of ECU. It also sends an inspiring message to our students that ECU staff are with them every step of the way, helping them reach their full potential and achieve their academic goals and aspirations.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the ECU Staff Giving Community, please visit Giving to ECU or contact us on (61 8) 6304 2176.


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