Student Excellence Awards

Portrait of 2021 Student of the year Theresa Mitchell. Image has words: 2022 Student Excellence Awards.

Theresa Mitchell, Southern Cross University 2021 Student of the Year

The Southern Cross University Student Excellence Awards are non-academic achievement awards that recognise outstanding students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of leadership, volunteering, community engagement and sport.

Winners of the 2022 Student Excellence Awards received acknowledgement of their win on their Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) and a framed certificate presented at a cocktail-style event held at the Rydges Hotel, Gold Coast. The 2022 Student of the Year also received a trophy and a $1,000 cash prize.

The award presentation was live-streamed and the recording can be watched on the Southern Cross University Facebook page. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Student Excellence Awards and commend all nominees and finalists on their achievements. Read more about the winners below.

For all enquiries, please email studentawards@scu.edu.au.

Professor Tyrone Carlin

A message from the Vice Chancellor

Professor Tyrone Carlin

The annual Southern Cross University Student Excellence Awards acknowledge our students' contribution to leadership, volunteering, sporting life and supporting the community in times of crisis. In 2022, the theme of ‘community’ will resonate with many of us at SCU. I wish all nominees the very best and congratulate them on enhancing the student experience and fostering positive change.

2022 Student Excellence Award winners

Marian Bailey portrait

2022 Student of the Year

Marian Bailey, Doctor of Philosophy

Marian went above and beyond in the February 2022 floods while volunteering at the SCU Evacuation Centre working every day for weeks, sometimes working 12-hour shifts. Marian is also very active with many important charities and not-for-profit initiatives, like Treasurer of the LEXSA Student Association, a chair of the SCU RISE Conference, and often participates in and leads social events.

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Mekhala Egodawele, Master of Business Administration

Mekhala is actively involved in the SCU community, championing positive change as a CoastRs Student Association committee member and an International Student Ambassador, and has taken part in campus tours, Orientation events and the Fusion Festival in 2022. She has also volunteered for a number of community events hosted by the Study Gold Coast, Placemakers, and Multicultural Families Organisation.

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Benjamin Hockey, Bachelor of Education

Ben is an active and passionate member of the Southern Cross University and Coffs Harbour communities. He is the Vice President of the Student Advisory Group for Education and a UniMentor. Benjamin is also a volunteer with the one-foot forward charity, a blood donor and umpires for local AFL juniors.

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Corina Murray, Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours

Corina has been a longstanding UniMentor at SCU and is also the Student Council Equity Representative for Women. She has also been involved in various volunteer roles at SCU and in the community with the Gilchrist Foundation, Surf Lifesaving and local primary schools.

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Gurpreet Singh, Doctor of Philosophy

Gurpreet has fostered the relations between SCU and the broader community through his work as a Student Ambassador. He is involved with ACE Performance, NRL RISE and the Sydney Swans Academy, where he helps improve youth athlete performance. Gurpreet has also served on the University Council and the Higher Degrees by Research Committee.

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