CAREER BOOST: USQ student Jackie Rogers (second from the left) with Queensland Firebirds players Caitlyn Nevins and Romelda Aiken, and River 94.9 radio presenter Ali Fyfe.
CAREER BOOST: USQ student Jackie Rogers (second from the left) with Queensland Firebirds players Caitlyn Nevins and Romelda Aiken, and River 94.9 radio presenter Ali Fyfe. Contributed

Student's ambitions edge closer to reality

A UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland student's career ambitions have been given a boost after receiving a major Ipswich scholarship.

USQ Student Ambassador Jackie Rogers was awarded the $5000 Heather Bonner Memorial Scholarship during the Ipswich Women's Development Network (IWDN) annual dinner recently.

Ms Rogers is in the final year of a Bachelor of Human Services, and dreams of continuing her studies so she can set up her own network support group for struggling parents. The single mum said the scholarship would be a great help as she juggled work and study.

"It was a great honour and extremely humbling to win this award out of hundreds of other applicants who I'm sure were just as worthy," Ms Rogers said.

"With this scholarship I'll be able to purchase new textbooks for study, attend more community projects and professional development events, and handle some of my general education costs."

IWDN awards the Heather Bonner Memorial Scholarship each year to an Ipswich woman committed to her university studies and has achieved excellent academic results.

IWDN president Rhonda Nolan said the scholarship was established in memory of political activist Heather Bonner, who brought Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians together through her work with the One People of Australia League (OPAL).

"Jackie is the 10th recipient of the scholarship, but is the first student from USQ to receive it," Ms Nolan said.

"We always look for someone who has achieved well academically, has contributed to the community and is a good role for other women, and Jackie fits the bill in all three areas."

The IWDN annual dinner provided Ms Rogers a great opportunity to meet business and community leaders, as well as Queensland Firebirds netballers Romelda Aiken and Caitlyn Nevins.

Ms Rogers is committed to getting the most out of uni, having joined the Student Representative Committee and USQ Enactus.

Ms Rogers hopes to work in therapy or counselling, with the goal of running her own practice.

"I would like to work in a community-based environment, helping those in most need," she said.

To learn more visit usq.edu.au



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