Meet Our Recipients

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Taylor Heslington

2016 AVCAT Commemorative Bursary Recipient

Bachelor of Law with Bachelor of International Relations

Australian National University (ANU)

"I’m Taylor and I am a recipient of the AVCAT Commemorative Bursary. I'm loving my degree so far, and I am hoping that it will help me achieve my dream of working in international conflict resolution.

I have taken up many opportunities to get

involved at university, especially through the arts, as I was lucky enough to be

appointed as an Arts Representative for my accommodation and I was also elected as the Secretary of the Interhall Arts Committee for 2017. In addition, I have taken up a Community Ambassador position with the Access and Inclusion Department of ANU.

I'm so thankful to my sponsors for their generosity as, without their assistance, none of the wonderful experiences I've had at university thus far would have been possible."


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Curtis Rayment

2016 George Douglass Commemorative Bursary Recipient

Bachelor of Health Science

University of Queensland 

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.

After having a gap year in 2015 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


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Emily Thompson-Young

2016 George Douglass Commemorative Bursary Recipient

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy

La Trobe University

"My name is Emily and I was awarded the 2016 George Douglass Commemorative Bursary.

In order to pursue my career aspirations, I had to move interstate as no physiotherapy degrees are offered in Tasmania. I moved to Bendigo in February last year. It was a daunting and challenging experience that at the time, I did not believe I was prepared for.

As a result of my enrolment at La Trobe University I have been given many opportunities. Some of these have included working as a sports trainer for a local football and netball club, working as a residential assistant on the university residence, and acting as a mentor for first year students. I am so appreciative for all the assistance and support I have been given through this scholarship.”


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Jacqueline Madden

2016 AVCAT Commemorative Bursary sponsored by the War Widows' Guild of Australia Recipient

Bachelor of Creative Arts-Theatre

University of Southern Queensland

“My name is Jacqui and I was awarded the AVCAT Commemorative Scholarship sponsored by the War Widows Guild of Australia.

Since grade four I’ve been taking part in Speech & Drama and theatre workshops, later auditioning and succeeding in getting into Empire Theatre Youth Arts’ Impact Ensemble for the last four years of high school. The most influential production I did was the now published Talking to Brickwalls where we ultimately improved the way people communicated with their loved ones. I love the impact theatre can have on people, which is why I chose my university course.

My scholarship has, thus far, allowed me the financial freedom to be able to 100% focus on my studies.“



Belinda Smith

Belinda Smith

2016 Legacy Australia Westpac Scholarship Recipient

Bachelor of Music

Australian National University

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.


Register your interest for our 2019 scholarships. Application forms will be sent out in August to everyone on our Expressions of Interest register