- The Chartered Accountants Scholarhsip Fund provides $5,000 to Australian students
- Grants apply to students in commerce or business degrees
- Applications close on Thursday 11 January 2018
Do you know a student about to undertake a business or commerce degree who would benefit from a financial helping hand?
The Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Scholarship Fund started in 2014 and provides grants to disadvantaged Australians undertaking tertiary studies.
Successful applicants receive $5,000 annually to assist them with the cost of finishing their undergraduate studies.
Helping undergraduate students in regional Australia
A 2014 Scholarship recipient Brooke Green, who lives in Bundaberg, 385 kilometres north of Brisbane, says the support from Chartered Accountants ANZ was instrumental in allowing her to finish her studies at Central Queensland University. She completed a Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Business degree majoring in property in November.
“I am from a low-income family and I am one of six siblings,” says Brooke. “The scholarship not only paid for my study expenses such as textbooks and computer fees, but it introduced me to many local Chartered Accountants, who supported my studies.”
This support included regular advice from her scholarship mentor, Bradley Grogan from DGZ Chartered Accountants in Bundaberg.
“When I was at university, Bradley was a big help. He was very good at advising me about the electives I should choose to make me more appealing to future employers,” says Brooke, who is currently searching for her first accounting posting.
Support continues through major health issue
Chartered Accountants ANZ supported Brooke through a major health scare. In August 2014, six months after winning into the scholarship, the promising accounting student was diagnosed with Stage 2, thyroid cancer.
“I’m three years in remission and it’s all good now,” assures Brooke. “It was in my first year of university and my therapy involved a combination of radioactive iodine treatment and surgery.”
"My grades slipped slightly with the treatment, however, CA ANZ was very supportive and they were more than happy to help."
Naturally, combining the treatment of cancer with first year university studies proved challenging. Brooke explains, “My grades slipped slightly with the treatment, however, CA ANZ was very supportive and they were more than happy to help.”
The financial and professional support the CA ANZ Scholarship Fund provides to emerging accountants is brilliant, notes Brooke, who says, “I would encourage anyone undertaking an accounting degree, and who is eligible for the scholarship, to reach out and apply.”
“The professional support that comes with the scholarship and the people you meet, is well worth it. The knowledge that Bradley and others passed on to me was invaluable, and in many respects, more valuable than the money.”
An opportunity to reach career goals
Rosa Fahd, is a full-time student majoring in accounting at RMIT University in Melbourne and another grateful recipient of the CA ANZ Scholarship Fund. She says, “I was pleased to learn that I had secured the generous, financial support offered by the CA ANZ Scholarship.”
CA ANZ’s generosity allowed Rosa to take a step closer to her career goals, and “to help other students, by teaching them how to reach their future pathway."
Rosa is aiming for a role with a largescale organisation, where she hopes to become a leader and manager. “I would like to provide valuable financial support for strategic and tactical decision-making that will grow the firm,” says Rosa, who is set to graduate from RMIT this month.
The Chartered Accountants Scholarship Fund is now open for applications and closes on Thursday 11 January 2018.Access info here