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26 Jul 2022 • 3 minute read

Make a positive difference with a scholarship from ECU

Applying for a scholarship can be the first step towards building your dream career. ECU has a range of scholarships to help cover the costs associated with university, including course fees, textbooks, travel and other living expenses.

Applying for a scholarship can be the first step towards building your dream career.

Edith Cowan University (ECU) has a range of scholarships to help cover the costs associated with university, including course fees, textbooks, travel and other living expenses.

Scholarships recognise people whose life journey may not have been an easy one, as well as students who've displayed outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

Making a positive impact

Scholarship recipient, proud Noongar and Ngadju woman and Master of Business Administration student, Joanne Hill.
Scholarship recipient, proud Noongar and Ngadju woman and Master of Business Administration student, Joanne Hill.

Western Power Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship recipient and proud Noongar and Ngadju woman, Joanne Hill, is continuing to grow her management expertise and skills in the construction industry.

As a Master of Business Administration student at ECU, with a Bachelor’s degree already under her belt, Joanne aims to use her MBA to further support and engage with Aboriginal communities.

“I plan to use my postgraduate qualification, experience and capabilities to pursue interests in cultural engagement, and influence greater positive social outcomes for my Aboriginal community,” she said

“The skills and knowledge gained from my ECU studies are invaluable, particularly when you work with stakeholders of all levels, from community members through to government officials.”

Excellent student support

Joanne said the flexibility and support offered at ECU has been a big advantage to achieving her goals.

“As an Aboriginal student, we are well supported by all ECU staff, and that is really important when you have a busy life with conflicting priorities.

“The course is relevant to my current employment, providing valuable insights into theory, and practical solutions that can be used across different industries.”

ECU’s focus on putting students first has been recognised by the 2022 Good Universities Guide, which has awarded the University a five-star rating for teaching quality for 15 years in a row – one of only two public universities in Australia to achieve this.

ECU was also rated five stars, and the best in Western Australia, for overall experience, skills development, student support and learning resources.

Inspiring future generations

Joanne said her greatest challenge has been working full-time while raising a young family and studying. Her example has inspired her kids to dream big for their own futures.

“My children have seen what I have been able to achieve and what the ECU campus has to offer.

“As a result, my oldest child is now looking to pursue university study.”

Already a successful manager for a major construction project, Joanne is setting her sights firmly on the future.

“Following completion of my MBA, I see myself taking on a senior management or executive role within the construction, and resources industries.”

Follow your passion

Scholarship recipient and Bachelor of Science (Nursing) student, Joshi Mathew.
Scholarship recipient and Bachelor of Science (Nursing) student, Joshi Mathew.

The Woss Family Scholarships in Nursing recipient Joshi Mathew is also using his scholarship to follow his passion for helping people. He recently immigrated from India to continue his nursing studies at ECU.

“My love for a nursing career has roots in my childhood, my intense desire to help others and make a difference in others' lives,” he said.

Joshi is currently working as a disability support worker for people with special needs while balancing his studies.

When he graduates he hopes to practice as a registered nurse in Perth and continue to support disadvantaged community members to access medical care.

“Finally, thanks to ECU and the Woss Family, my goals are within reach. I hope that I will be able to help future student nurses to achieve their goals one day too.”

ECU’s ATAR Scholarships

If you’re a Year 12 student planning to graduate with an ATAR of 90 or over, there are two ECU scholarships that will interest you:

  • The ATAR High Achievement Scholarship is awarded to students achieving an ATAR of 90 or above (unadjusted). The scholarship offers a payment of $1,500 per semester, for a total of $3,000 in your first year.
  • The ATAR Outstanding Achievement Scholarship is awarded to students achieving an ATAR of 97 or above (unadjusted). The scholarship offers a payment of $2,500 per semester, for a total of $5,000 per year for the duration of your course.

You will qualify for either scholarship when you select ECU as your first preference on your TISC application for university and be able to study full-time, commencing in Semester 1, 2023.

For more information about ECU's range of scholarships, visit www.ecuworldready.com.au/scholarships