Celebrate our Bursary Recipients

Elysha and Maddison (l-r)

By: Michael Fox

Maddison Banks and Elysha Micallef, the first recipients of the Jude Fox Bursary are excited and have very clear ideas about where their university study will take them.

Meeting with these two amazing people was an inspiration.

Elysha talked about her family and how proud they are of her, about her work with the dance studio and the mentoring she received from her boss and the joy she found in her work experience working with disabled kids.

Where will university take Elysha? “I plan to study Occupational Health at Griffith University with the vision of working in children’s disability. I loved teaching at the dance school so working with kids will build on my passion.”

How will the Bursary help? “The Bursary will make starting university with less stressful and reduce some of the financial pressure.”

Maddison talked about the family support for her attending university however she is also very focused on self-funding her study. Maddison was inspired to study teaching by her experience at high school.

Where will university take Maddison? “I loved studying history both ancient and modern. My Bachelor of Arts degree will focus on history with the objective following that with a Phd and a university teaching role.”

How will the Bursary help? “I like hard copy text books. The Bursary will pay for my text books and help with cost of transport as I need to drive to university. It will be a good start towards paying for my university study.”

Maddison and Elysha also talked about their challenging Year 12 as the first with external exams and confusion of COVID. Both have already been sharing their results to help planning for 2021 and they are keen to be involved with mentoring this year’s Year 12s to support their success in what will still be a challenging year.

Jude would be proud of our Bursary recipients and I am honoured to represent her in creating opportunities for College students.