Life is busy for Aboriginal student Craig Wright who juggles raising his family with study, work and coaching his son’s football and basketball teams, but it’s about to get a little bit easier, thanks to a scholarship win.
Nyoongar man Craig Wright is the recipient of the 2018 Edith Cowan University (ECU) Vice-Chancellor’s Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship, worth $2,500 per semester until the completion of his degree.
He is currently enrolled in his third year of a Bachelor of Social Work at ECU’s South West Campus in Bunbury. As part of the degree, he has commenced his first practicum placement at the Palmerston Therapeutic Community in Brunswick Junction.
“The scholarship will help me in many ways, but mostly with financial support during my practicum placements” Craig said.
“I combine study with working part-time. As part of my course I undertake two unpaid placements of 500 hours each, so the financial boost from the scholarship will come in very handy,” he said.
Change of direction
Craig was working in the mining industry prior to deciding on a change of career.
“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do exactly, except I knew I enjoyed helping people. I started looking into training that would help me move into a Human/Community Services role. After spending 12 months at TAFE, I decided to enrol in a Bachelor of Social Work at ECU.”
“When I complete my degree I hope to work within the mental health area, however social workers can work across many fields, so I know I won’t be limited,” Craig said.
Because of Her, We Can! - 2018 NAIDOC theme
Craig explained how the women in his life are helping him to achieve his dreams.
“My wife Gina is the most influential woman in my life. Without her support I couldn’t study. She is without a doubt the hardest working person I know.”
“And my mother has also been very influential. She instilled a belief in us as kids that we could achieve anything in life, as long as we were prepared to work for it,” he said.
ECU is a leader in finding ways for people to get into university and we are strongly committed to assisting students to understand and adapt to university life. We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to enquire about becoming ECU students. To find out more, visit: www.ecugetready.com.au/indigenous
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