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Scholarship winners head overseas

Thursday, 26 April 2012


Three ECU students are heading to America, thanks to non-for-profit organisation the LEAP (Leadership, Excellence and Accelerating YOUR Potential) Foundation.

One student from each faculty will be participating in a one-week leadership program at the University of California, Los Angeles this year. The program will cover topics related to business etiquette, setting goals and effective communication.

Amalee Oliver, a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) student, will represent the Faculty of Computing Health and Science. She has extensive volunteer experience and is passionate about mentoring others and hopes the LEAP program will assist her overcome her shyness.

“I love contributing to the growth of young individuals where they increase their self-assurance, challenge themselves and make new friends, and I am so excited and thankful for this fantastic opportunity,” Amalee said.

 “I still have a lot to learn, but the LEAP program will catapult me further toward my goals.”

Student from the Faculty of Business and Law Sean Duffy will be attending the program and building on the experience he already has from working with WA’s Department of Finance.

“I know how important it is to grasp every opportunity as it presents itself and give it everything I have,” Sean said.

“A place in this program is something I appreciate; the opportunity to be pushed outside my comfort zone and to gain the knowledge and skills to become an effective leader in a business environment.”

Emily Cribb, a WAAPA student and Bachelor of Contemporary Arts major, will be the third attendee and hopes that this experience will lead her into postgraduate study or further career opportunities.

“As a graduating student determined to succeed within the performing arts, it is crucial to draw on knowledge from a variety of sources,” Emily said.

“The LEAP program will motivate and provide me with the essential training to network, plan and communicate well throughout my career.”

Following this week-long event, Emily will also be participating in a semester exchange at the University of Northern Colorado.

“This program will enhance my studies while in the U.S. and be the perfect beginning to my American university experience,” she said.

Students interested in learning about further opportunities to study overseas can attend the Student Exchange Fair on Monday, 30 April. The fair will be held from 9-10:30am at Mount Lawley near the Gazebo and from 2-3:30pm outside Building 32 in Joondalup.

Alternatively, students can always visit the Study Overseas website or contact the Study Abroad/Exchange Office.

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