Rising Stars to be awarded Scholarships at Southern Cross University

Published 26 July 2017
Mariliis Moelder, Peter Doggett and Che McDougall Mariliis Moelder, Peter Doggett and Che McDougall

The region’s Rising Stars will be awarded scholarships from Southern Cross University and its partners at the University’s Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses this week and next.

The 2017 round of Rising Stars Scholarships will support new and continuing students, with 21 Gold Coast students already awarded theirs last Tuesday in a ceremony at the Kirra Hill Community Centre.

Among the new recipients are first-year business students Mariliis Moelder and Che McDougall (pictured with Peter Doggett) from the Gold Coast campus, and Daniel Williams from Wyneden, near Kyogle, who is studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in IT at the Lismore campus.

Daniel will be awarded the inaugural Quota International of Alstonville/Wollongbar Club Scholarship at the Lismore ceremony on Thursday, July 27.

“It’s a massive honour and I’m particularly grateful to receive this funding. I met members of the Quota Club at a high tea, and the fact that they thought I deserved some funding, which they volunteer their time and fundraise for, I’m especially thankful for,” the 19-year-old said.

“It has helped me with purchasing supplies for study such as textbooks.”

Daniel completed Southern Cross University’s Head-Start program when he was in Year 11 at Kyogle High School, studying the Principles and Philosophy of Engineering unit at the Lismore campus. He received the Louise Morgan Scholarship, which is awarded to students who have achieved outstanding results in Head-Start.

“It was a really good program, giving me more of an insight into what studying at university might be like. It wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve done, but it gave me a lot of confidence dealing with university study and making decisions about my future, even though it was just one unit,” he said.

“I am really enjoying my time at University, and this session I am taking one unit on campus and three online, which means I can continue working from home and live on my parents’ property where I help maintain the cattle farm. One day I would like to work either in scientific research, software development, or teaching others about science.”

First-year students Mariliis Moelder and Che McDougall, in the Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management at the Gold Coast campus, completed work experience at Cooly Rocks On in June. They were both awarded a Connecting Southern Gold Coast Tourism Management Scholarship at the Gold Coast Rising Stars ceremony.

As part of her scholarship Mariliis worked with the Connecting Southern Gold Coast marketing team in the lead up to Cooly Rocks On as the business liaison officer organising the poodle parade and even became the poster girl for the iconic festival.

She was an event planner in her home country Estonia, and now lives in Australia with her two children and is studying to expand her skillset to organise conferences and conventions on a much larger scale.

“This scholarship was not only a nice acknowledgement and enabled me to buy textbooks, office supplies and a new phone for study, it also gave me the opportunity to work with Peter Doggett who runs Cooly Rocks On and learn so much from him which was a great experience,” Mariliis said.

“I love the southern end of the Gold Coast and studying at Southern Cross University close to the beach.”

The Lismore ceremony will see 43 students awarded scholarships at the Zest Function Centre on Thursday July 27. The Coffs Harbour ceremony will celebrate 20 scholarship and prize recipients on-campus at the Osprey Restaurant on Tuesday, August 1.

Southern Cross University’s Rising Stars Scholarships are worth more than $250,000 and supported by the University and 36 donors including individuals, businesses and community groups and trusts. Scholarships and prizes vary in value from $500 to $25,000.

Other new scholarships for 2017 include two Coffs Harbour City Council Engineering Scholarships for second and third-year students, an Impact Environmental Waste 2017 Conference Scholarship and an additional Fuji Xerox Business Centre Northern Rivers Scholarship for Environmental Science. 

Two new Nathan Asher Student Experience Scholarships (EduCo) will be awarded to Southern Cross University students in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Rising Stars program is flexible to allow donors the opportunity to support a student enrolled in a particular discipline, from a particular region or who has overcome disadvantage to pursue higher education. 

For more information or to become a supporter of the Rising Stars Scholarships visit scu.edu.au/risingstars

Media contact: Jessica Huxley 0417288794