2013 Annual Appeal
In 2013 the University of Newcastle's Annual Appeal will go to helping support scholarships for academically gifted students who are facing disadvantage. In 2011 the 'Shaping Futures Scholarship Fund' was set up with the aim of providing financial assistance to some of our best students who are facing challenges such as being from a low socio-economic (financially disadvantaged) background, rural students, Indigenous Australians, students with carer or family responsibilities and students with disabilities.
Every $4,000 raised through donations will provide a scholarship for one student for 12 months. This financial assistance can support expenses such as tuition fees, text books, travel, computer equipment, living expenses and accommodation costs.
Your donation to this mission will go directly to support these students and help relieve the more extreme economic pressures they face daily. Through this support, scholarship recipients will be able to focus on their studies and academic achievement.
Being awarded a scholarship is also a validation of a student’s ability. The recipient gains a sense of recognition which encourages not only a greater sense of self-confidence, but a genuine determination to strive for excellence in their academic study. The experience of receiving a scholarship for a disadvantaged student can, quite literally, be transformational.
Every cent of each donation to the Shaping Futures Scholarship Fund goes directly to ensure that talented students who are committed to taking up the opportunity to study at the University of Newcastle are not deterred from doing so for financial reasons.
All administrative costs for the scholarship fund will be met fully by the University of Newcastle.
Donations to the University of Newcastle of $2.00 or more are tax deductible in Australia.
Why do we need more scholarships for disadvantaged and gifted students?
Full-time students pay from $4,500 - $9,000 per year for tuition fees. This does not include textbooks, photocopying, computer equipment lab manuals, study materials, travel or living away from home expenses.
48% of the Hunter's population come from low socio-economic (financially disadvantaged) backgrounds. Close to one third of our students fall into this category, almost double the national average participation rate. We are very proud of the support we provide to our disadvantaged students but we need more help.
Research undertaken across all universities revealed that 22.7 per cent of full-time student were found to regularly skip classes because they needed to attend employment. And one in eight students (12.8 per cent) indicated that they regularly went without food or other necessities because they could not afford them.
(Source: The Australian University Student Finances 2006 Final Report)
The Shaping Future Scholarships Fund is a general scholarship fund which has been set up by the University of Newcastle Foundation. The scheme is entirely funded by generous donations from alumni, donors, businesses and the community.
Anyone can contribute to this fund. Any amount is gratefully received – no matter how big or small. It all goes towards providing a $4,000 scholarship. The more money raised the more scholarships can be awarded and the more students will be helped.
To be eligible for a Shaping Future Scholarship students need to be academically gifted but also facing hardship from factors such as being from a low socio-economic background, coming from a rural or remote area, living with a disability, or have carer or parenting responsibilities.
Students must also be enrolled in any year of any undergraduate degree program and be a full time student. Both international and domestic students are eligible for this scholarship.
We want students to be able to shape their future and change their lives forever through obtaining an education!
This year we received 235 applications for a Shaping Futures scholarship, in 2012 we received 232 applications. This is almost double the number of students who asked for our help in 2011.
So many students need our support and thanks to the generosity of donors throughout the 2012 Annual Appeal we have been able to offer the Shaping Futures Scholarship to 16 of these students in 2013.
Unfortunately this means that the other 219 students who also asked for help this year, missed out.
Meet some our 2012 Shaping Futures scholarship recipients.
Felicity comes from a turbulent home life and was kicked out of home days before she was to sit her HSC. After going through an extremely difficult and emotional time Felicity sadly attempted suicide in 2009. She has since undergone treatment to get help and has since pushed herself through to the third year of a Bachelor of Social Work with no family support.
In 2009 Savannah lost her mother to breast cancer and she is now the legal guardian of her 14 year old sister. Savannah juggles two jobs with university, working 13 hours a week at a service station and as a cleaner to pay their way.
Hayley suffered from burns to 45% of her body in a horrific accident. After being placed in an induced coma for a week, she had surgery to graft skin from her abdomen and hips to her lower legs and feet. With mounting medical bills and ongoing pain, it was her study that helped Hayley stay focussed and get through.
Jenny's eldest daughter Imogen suffers from a disability that medical professionals are still unable to diagnose. Imogene requires constant and specialised care fuelling Jenny's decision to obtain a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics and transform her family's life.
I am a firm believer in the transformative power of education and cannot overstate enough the impact a scholarship can make on a student’s life and future prospects. It can literally transform a student’s life and make the difference between completing a degree or dropping out.
We have such a high rate of participation from low socio-economic backgrounds (26.75%, almost double the national average). Through the Shaping Futures Scholarship Fund, we want to support our most needy students by increasing the number of scholarships for them.
So many of our students work long hours to pay for their university courses and living expenses, often in the face of much adversity. Your support will help make a difference to the lives of students and to the future of our community.
I am proud to have been asked to lead our second ever Annual Appeal. It not only has the support of the University but also the Executive Committee of Alumni.
If you are a past student, a current or former staff member, a donor or a supporter of the University of Newcastle I would encourage you to give. You can directly help a student achieve their goals and dreams. On behalf of the University of Newcastle thank you for your support.
Keryl KavanaghI have seen first-hand the challenges so many of our students face. Giving to a student scholarship is just a small, very tangible way to help. I see it over and over again - the student who receives a scholarship today overcomes their hurdles and makes an impact on all of those around them tomorrow.
My small gifts can establish a chain of support that extends far beyond my lifetime.
So many people and organisations out there need help and every one of them is probably worthy in their own right. I chose to give where I feel connected - to my university, my community. It's not about being recognised or getting accolades, there just aren't enough scholarships for these amazing students to go around and they are crying out for help.
For me it's the quiet knowledge of having done something that can change one person's life forever, and that will live on through those they touch on their journey. - Peter Brecht
How do I make a donation?
There are a number of ways you can make a donation - the University of Newcastle can accept donations via credit card, cheque or money order.
You can make a donation to help our talented but disadvantaged students via our secure website.
CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER
If you wish to make a donation by cheque or money order download a donation form here.
Contact the University of Newcastle Foundation
T +61 2 4921 7453
F +61 2 4921 6889