First-year undergraduate and mother of four, Bronwyn Chenery, has won a Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship, valued at $18,000.
The funds come as a huge relief for the country New South Wales-based student, who is enrolled in Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery degrees.
“I was actually waiting to see my son’s paediatrician when I received the email saying I had been awarded the scholarship,” she said.
“I was so excited, I was speechless."
“It meant so much to have the financial strain taken off my family.
“Nursing and midwifery can be expensive to study with the textbooks, clinical teaching block costs and placements, so to not have to worry about funding it all meant the world to my family.”
Bronwyn, her husband and four children live in Brayton NSW where she runs a beauty business.
Having studied equine nursing and breeding following high school, Bronwyn eventually decided on a career change, but at that point, the timing wasn’t quite right.
“I put off studying again for years to start my family,” she says.
“I had four amazing children, and once my youngest turned two, I started looking into my options.
“That’s when I found CDU, and the option to study online meant that I could spend time with my family and still study to follow the career path I’ve been wanting for so long.
“To help people, to be a part of the best and worst parts of someone’s life, and to be able to share and support them through that, is something that not many people get to do.”
The scholarship was awarded under the fourth round of the Australian Government’s $58 million Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship, which placed emphasis on applicants affected by bushfire and drought.
The program is administered by the Scholarship Support Organisation.
“I aim to finish my degrees in nursing and midwifery in 2023, and would love a job working in birth or postnatal ward, working with women and babies.
“I have met some amazing people in my first year of university at CDU and look forward to continuing on this journey with them.”