Griffith legislation pupil, Victoria Blundell, has been awarded a $30,000 QIC Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship in her first 12 months at college.
The scholarship couldn’t have come at a greater time for Victoria, 18, who’s embarking on her diploma in a 12 months when college students are learning off campus and dealing with a shrinking job market in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I feel I screamed after I discovered. I used to be simply ecstatic. I couldn’t consider my ears. It’s such an unimaginable alternative,” Victoria stated.
“The scholarship will drastically change my life as a brand new college pupil, positively affecting my psychological well being, my capability to work tougher and in the long term, my profession.”
Finding out from her studio house in Brisbane, Victoria, has taken on 5 topics in her first trimester. She can even purchase a brand new laptop computer permitting her to embrace on-line studying and confidently cowl her dwelling bills.
A proud Gunditjmara lady, Victoria plans to make use of her diploma to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folks within the prison justice system and hopes to at some point transfer into human rights and politics.
“I feel there must be a holistic understanding of Aboriginal tradition in our schooling system and want to see extra cultural consciousness and studying launched in Australian colleges,” she stated.
Victoria’s curiosity in legislation started when she began competing in highschool debate competitions the place she found her ardour for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander points.
Her success led her to be considered one of three Australian highschool college students chosen to journey to a few of England’s most prestigious universities.
“It was a great alternative to learn the way Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander historical past in Australia has been instructed. I used to be shocked to study many individuals didn’t know a lot concerning the historical past,” she stated.
The QIC scholarship helps undergraduate college students at college and of their careers. It additionally allocates recipients with a mentor during their diploma and past.
“It’s an incredible alternative to have entry to a mentor who can be a lawyer. I’m set now and might absolutely deal with college and my profession,” she stated.
“The QIC scholarship will not be solely extremely beneficiant however it is going to have a constructive affect on my research and future, and what I plan to do to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folks. The ripple impact is large.”