$5k grant will help UQ study
OLIVIA Czislowski has been awarded $5000 towards her university studies by the City Council under the annual City of Ipswich Scholarship program.
The University of Queensland student who is doing a degree in nursing and midwifery said she was excited to receive the award yesterday.
"I squealed when I got the call and found out I won. I told my mum straight away," she said.
"It's really hard as a student so the scholarship will help. I can buy textbooks which I couldn't afford last year and some comfortable nursing shoes.
"I plan to use the rest of the money to support myself so I don't have to work as much.
"I hope to use my spare time to volunteer at Ipswich Hospice."
The award is designed to encourage educational development in skill shortage areas in Ipswich.
"I always wanted to do nursing," Ms Czislowski said. "I love people and using the skills I've learnt at uni to help the local community."
Academic achievement, community involvement and career aspirations are all taken into account when considering a recipient for the scholarship.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said Olivia showed all these qualities in abundance.
"It's great we have a community that helps young people achieve their potential," Cr Pisasale said.
"Olivia has had an extensive role in the community, it's great she received the award."
The nursing student said she hoped to work in neonatal care or palliative care and eventually use her skills internationally.
"I'd like to do UN or international nursing to help suffering people overseas," she said.