The ride of her life
The balancing act that is Rowan Moses' student life now has the support of two new wheels, thanks to the bike she bought after winning the 2012 Glen Avery Scholarship.
Established in 2008 in memory of popular University staff member Glen Avery, the Scholarship was established by Glen's family, friends and colleagues to recognise his passion for the arts and his renowned affinity with students.
The scholarship is one of four funds that make up the University's Staff Giving Program, created to allow staff to engage with students in ways that are personally meaningful.
A gift from the heart
School of Education Executive Officer Tanille Elley is one of many staff members who support students through the program.
"I started to do this for the students," Tanille said. "And once I met Rowan it all became so real.
"We were invited to give to the scholarship and it was easy. We knew how much Glen was into the arts and it seemed so fitting. He was the pioneer of the student experience. We all gave what we could and we don't even miss it because it just comes out of your pay every fortnight."
An "amazing" gift
Rowan, who is 19 and studying a combined Bachelor of Arts/Primary School Teaching as well as modelling and working a day a week in a pre-school, said winning the scholarship was "very humbling".
"My dad used to say to me that when you live your life passionately and honourably it was amazing how many people would support you. I'm passionate about theatrics, art and drama therapy combined with teaching and to have a collective group of people like the scholarship selection board say 'yes, you're deserving of this' is very special.
"The scholarship is a relief financially - staying on top of everything I do has been a balancing act. I don't have my licence because I'm too busy to learn so I bought a bike to make getting to Uni a little easier.
"It's an honour to win the Glen Avery. I've been given an amazing gift by people who don't expect anything back."
Staff giving shapes lives
As a member of staff you can support existing University of Newcastle Foundation projects that are important to you. The Staff Voluntary Salary Deduction Scheme allows you to arrange automatic payroll deductions to the University of Newcastle Foundation for the purpose of your choice. These donations are tax deductible, provided there is no tangible benefit to the donor.
Click here to for more information and to download a workplace giving authority.