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What is happening at AVCAT?
Maddie Cook jumped into a Bachelor of Journalism at UTS with no idea what she was getting herself into. ‘All I knew was that I loved to write, and because my father was a journalist, good writing would be in my blood – right?’ Maddie’s father Ian, a Vietnam Veteran and powerhouse news journalist, inspired…
‘To me, this Long Tan Bursary is recognition of Dad’s service in Vietnam. I am proud of my Dad’s service and I am grateful he came home safely, unlike others.’ By Catherine Allingham I would like to explain just why I am so grateful, and so proud to be a Long Tan Bursary recipient. In…
Belinda Smith has been ringing bells across the world. It’s unusual to compose music for bells but Belinda’s composition is so striking it’s been played in Australia and the USA. Belinda’s composition, originally written for the National Carillon in Canberra as an assignment for university, was heard and admired by a group of visiting carillonists.…
“I believe that supporting students undertaking higher education courses is investing in Australia’s future” By Dr Peter Helson I initially learned about the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) from an advertisement in the Vietnam Veterans’ Association’s magazine. I visited AVCAT’s website and found it was easy to donate to what I consider to be…
Madison Rochford put her AVCAT TPI Queensland scholarship to good use. Travelling to the Netherlands Madison took part in an exclusive opportunity in medical engineering. By Madison Rochford Over the semester break, I was lucky enough to be accepted into a two week program at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The course was split…
“My bursary has proven to be of invaluable assistance to me during these times. I truly cannot express how much it helps to have that little bit more to rely on”
– Susie Benton,
Long Tan Bursary recipient
"This bursary meant a lot to me. It wasn't just the financial assistance but knowing someone cared and was sharing the journey.
I wanted to complete my degree here in Townsville so that I could be close to my father and he could continue to be a part of our lives. Dad has been the major role model in the lives of my three children. He is a good and stable influence. Thank you so much for your support.
- Wilhelmina Rawling
Long Tan Bursary Recipients
"Thank you for absolutely everything. For being the reason I could afford to print lecture slides for every class, park at uni, purchase the latest textbooks for reference and for being the reason I could visit my family during holidays.
They say that it is the little things that count and this could not be more true. By being provided the scholarship, I was able to complete two university degrees with a high distinction average, receive an award for academic excellence, gain practical industry experience, and remain sane in the meantime. TPI NSW, thank you!"
- Lyndell Dewar
TPI NSW Scholarship Recipient
The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women to a better future through tertiary education. Through the generous support of the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs, ex-service organisations, corporate sponsors and private donors, we provide scholarships which assist recipients to obtain the tertiary qualification they need for their chosen career.