Meet Our Recipients
My name is Jake Stalker, the son of Karen and Steve, a Vietnam Vet. I hail from a small town called Riverstone in Western Sydney. When I completed my high school education with good marks I initially planned on going into a degree that would allow me to pursue a career in business and finance. A holiday to Cambodia, however, changed my life direction. I enrolled in a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Psychology and, with the generous support of AVCAT and DVA, was able to become more financially free to follow my dreams of helping in Cambodia. I have started my own charity in Siem Reap Cambodia and, inspired by the assistance which AVCAT has provided me, I now help provide young Cambodian people education and vocational scholarships. I am currently in the final year of my degree and I am looking forward to a lifetime of giving back to others in every and any what that I can.
My name is Curtis John Rayment. I was born in Winton Qld, population of approximately 1000 people. I was raised on our family cattle property, living with my Grandfather, Charles Herbert Rayment, for a majority of the time. He served in the Australian Navy on the H.M.A.S (the flag ship for Australia) during the second world war.
In grade 7 I left home school and began my high school career as a boarding student at the Townsville Cathedral School. I was heavily involved with the school, participating in a number of things including rugby- which I was lucky enough to represent Qld Country for from 2014-2016. I was also lucky enough to be selected as the school captain in 2014, this was one of my proudest moments.
After having a gap year as a development officer for the Townsville District Rugby Union and doing work where I could on the property, I decided I wanted to move to Brisbane to pursue my rugby career and study medicine at the University of Queensland with the end goal of being a Royal Flying Doctor.
Without the scholarship, achieving my goals would be almost impossible. The financial support has provided me the opportunity to make the move down to Brisbane. In case I don’t get the opportunity to thanks those responsible for making such a scholarship possible, I would just like to say that without your support I would simply not be in the position I am in today, and that I will be forever grateful
I am currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Music at the Australian National University. I gained early entry into ANU as a gifted student, whilst completing Year 12 College last year. In the past two years I have participated in and performed classical piano as an ANU music student. I have keen aspirations of becoming a school music teacher, as I believe that music plays an important role in the development of children. This year I was awarded an AVCAT TLC Scholarship.