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Students celebrate with Silver Scholarships

Friday, 29 July 2016

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Free tuition for two ECU students are helping them to make their mark in the disciplines of sports science and speech pathology.

David Barrett and Shi Jing Kong, who both achieved weighted average marks of above 85 per cent during their first semester of university study, have been selected to receive Silver Scholarships which will provide them free tuition for the duration of their studies.

The Silver Scholarships, part of ECU’s 25th anniversary celebrations in 2016, are awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement.

The science of sport

David, who is studying the Exercise and Sports Science Australia accredited Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, said receiving the scholarship came as a surprise.

“I really struggled in high school down in Albany and ended up leaving in Year 10,” he said.

“I tried my hand at all kinds of trades, from carpentry to mechanics and I even tried the Army Reserve, but nothing stuck. I then started working at a gym doing some personal training and coaching. I fell in love with learning how the human body worked.”

“After studying fitness, I ended up doing some lecturing at the local TAFE, which I really enjoyed.”

Having found his passion, David decided to make the move up to Perth to pursue his studies at ECU and he hasn’t looked back.

“I’ve been blown away by the experience here at ECU. The calibre of the lecturers and tutors that I have learnt from has been fantastic,” he said.

“They’ve really inspired me and I am hoping to continue my studies and go into research, possibly in the area of exercise as medicine, in particular with cancer.”

Communication is key

Shi Jing Kong graduated with top marks from high school in Malaysia in 2014 and decided to pursue a degree in Speech Pathology at ECU, which requires a minimum ATAR of 80.

“When I first heard about speech pathology I was attracted to it because it is all about helping people. Communication is so important, so I would like to be able to help people who have difficulties,” she said.

“I chose ECU because it has a strong reputation for speech pathology and also because it is closer to Malaysia than many other universities.”

ECU offers a range of scholarships to support its students to reach their full potential. They are available to a variety of students, including high academic achievers, students from low socio-economic backgrounds or rural and regional areas Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students, and to students with disabilities.

Scholarships can be used to cover the costs associated with university, including text books, travel and other study expenses.

Visit the Scholarships Website for more information about scholarships available at ECU.

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