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The voice of the scholar is the single most important feature in assessing and realising the impact of a scholarship. We are proud of all of our scholars. Here are some their stories reflecting on their journey.

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Rachel Crook

By Rachel Crook Rachel Crook - first day at medical school My family has a long history of service. My great-grandfather, grandfather and father all served in Defence. My great grandfather Reg joined the Navy on the 20th June 1944...
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Matthew Ulanowski

By Matthew Ulanowski Matt Ulanowski Hello, I am a current proud recipient of the Long Tan Bursary. After hearing the news that I had been awarded this scholarship, I felt an immediate sense of achievement knowing that AVCAT had chosen...
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Caitlin Kearney

By Caitlin Kearney Caitlin Kearney Hello! My name is Caitlin Kearney and I’m honoured to be one of the 2020 AVCAT RSL Queensland scholarship recipients. Several generations of my family have served the Australian Defence Forces. In fact, currently my...
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Angel Whatnall

By Angel Whatnall Angel Whatnall I can still remember receiving the phone call about my AVCAT scholarship sponsored by RSL Queensland. I remember breaking down in tears of joy and immediately running to my uncle for a celebratory hug. I...
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Chloe Dean

By Chloe Dean Chloe, her Dad & Service Dog Bailey My name is Chloe and I am honoured to be a recipient of the 2020 AVCAT John Gough Legacy Scholarship. Each ANZAC Day, I march with my Dad and proudly...
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Lewis Batic

By Lewis Batic Lewis Batic My name is Lewis Batic and I am a 2018 AVCAT and RSL QLD Scholar in my final year of a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) at James Cook University. My father served in the...
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Larissa Whelan

By Larissa Whelan Larissa's first day of teaching at a rural school My name is Larissa Whelan and I’m the daughter of a veteran who did three deployments to Iraq in 2005/2006, 2007/2008 and 2010/2011, he was also in Timor-Leste...
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Defence Family Research Study at the University of Newcastle

My name is Hannah Wells and I am a Social Worker and PhD Candidate at the University of Newcastle. As part of my research into the Australian veteran community, I am undertaking a study which explores the experiences of young...
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Leon Ross

Leon in the studio By Leon Ross Hello everyone, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank AVCAT and wish you all best health and safety. For you all who do not know me, I’m a 23-year-old Australia Multimedia Composer....
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Ryan Knight

By Ryan Knight My name is Ryan Knight and I was fortunate enough to be awarded the 2018 AVCAT RSL Queensland scholarship. My scholarship allowed to me to study a Bachelor of International Relations degree at Bond University. I chose...
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Grace Sholl

By Grace Sholl Servant leadership runs in my family’s blood. Both of my maternal great-grandfathers served during WWI, and several of my maternal great-uncles served in Vietnam. Both my mother and father carried on this tradition, serving for over 60...
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Leah Whitmore

By Leah Whitmore My inspiration to become a primary school teacher originated in my final years of high school when I was helping to teach kindergarten and pre-primary children. The influence of the teachers I worked with during this time...

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