When Isobella Lucic completed her HSC she spent a gap year working two jobs and 90 hours a week to save for her university education.
Her recent ACU Foundation bursary has changed her life and allowed her to focus full-time on study.
Isobella, who is currently in her first year of university, studying a Bachelor of Nursing, grew up in a small country town that did not provide her with many opportunities to study beyond secondary education.
Her mother has raised Isobella and her twin brother alone since they were 12, with no financial assistance.
During Isobella’s HSC, their mother worked in a town four hours away, and relocated there during the week, leaving Isobella and her brother at home before she came back on the weekends.
Now the ACU Foundation bursary has alleviated much of the financial stress and allowed
Isobella to focus on her studies more and not have to find a job to help pay her way at the university.
The chaiman of Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, John Munce, presented Isobella with her award, which was one of eight undergraduate bursaries and one postgraduate bursary to support students to continue their studies at the university.
Guests at the ceremony included representatives from the Association of Catholic School Principals, Australian Council for Educational Leaders, Marist Brothers, Christian Brothers, Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, Sisters of Good Samaritan, Corpus Christi parish at St Ives and the St Vincent de Paul Society Broken Bay Council.
Scholarships and bursaries can significantly help young people get a kick start in life. To contribute to the ACU Foundation, call Dinidu Illangakoon at ACU on 0475 802 022.