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      Providing Scholarships to help change the lives of the Greater Western Sydney community.

      Harvey Norman proudly supports the UWS Scholarship Program, helping students reach their full potential to become tomorrow's leaders and pave the way forward in industry, government and the community. For many, a higher education can redefine the future for their families and their community - allowing them to apply their personal experience to address the challenges facing Australia.

      We are proud to introduce the 2015 Harvey Norman Scholars. These 13 exceptional students proudly represent UWS, and although they come from different backgrounds, they are united in their determination for success and a better future.

      Arezo Masoomy

      20 years old, Pemulwuy
      B Med Sci (Adv)

      From tough beginnings, former refugee Arezo is chasing her dreams of a medical career.
      A second year Medical Science student, Arezo is striving to complete her degree and move into Medicine to give back to her community. A carer for her two parents, Arezo came to Australia as a refugee and has excelled at university, driven by her friends and parents. Being awarded a Harvey Norman scholarship will help Arezo achieve her dream by allowing her to purchase past UMAT exam papers (test required for admission into medicine) as well as afford the costs of textbooks and tuition fees.

      Amrita Tarr

      29 years old, Windsor
      B Arts

      Rising to meet her challenges, Amrita is showing her son that anything is possible.
      Amrita has enjoyed a challenging but fantastic last few years of study. Surprising herself with her excellent results, despite health setbacks, Amrita put off university for over a decade after finishing high school. Listening to the Massey lectures on Radio National, she recognised how fascinating she found the content and enrolled in university. Aspiring to be an academic, Amrita finds that being a role model for her young son is her primary driver, wanting him to “go for it, whatever it is he dreams of doing”. Amrita is interested in joining UWS’ peer mentoring program, PASS, to provide academic support for other students seeking assistance.

      Alanna Audus

      25 years old, Narwee
      B Social Work

      A strong commitment to social justice drives Alanna to complete her studies.
      An overwhelmingly positive experience with a social worker at a young age set Alanna Audus onto a path towards a social work degree. Her passion has only grown as she has completed more of her degree, coupled with her volunteer work mentoring young women who have been released from custody. She says she is completing her degree “for me, for my son, and also for my commitment to social justice. I’ve come from a challenging position…and nothing is going to stop my determination until I graduate”. Alanna’s Harvey Norman scholarship will help offset the costs of study, allowing her to continue with her Honours. In her 3rd year of study, Alanna is so proud of what she has already achieved, ‘I have worked so hard and now have the opportunity to do honours ..I didn’t even finish my HSC. ‘ It will also allow her to purchase her textbooks instead of relying on availability at libraries, and help out with rent, electricity and food. “It will mean I can ensure I finished uni and achieve my dreams”, she said.

      Jayda Tham

      34 years old, Petersham
      B Midwifery

      Jayda wants to offer women greater choice and continuity of care.
      A career change in her thirties to follow her passion for midwifery brought Jayda Tham to UWS. She dreams of being an independently practicing midwife and using her skills to change the maternity system in Australia to offer women greater choice and continuity of care and help marginalised people. Facing the high costs of daycare for her young son, the Harvey Norman scholarship will provide some relief as well as reducing pressure on her family.

      Kathryn Engledow

      40 years old, Beverly Hills
      B Social Work

      Kathryn wants to inspire other mothers to develop their education and career.
      Modest about her achievements, Kathryn Engledow is a single mother of four children keen to inspire other mothers to study and develop their careers. With a background in community services, Kathryn has used UWS’ flexibility to juggle her degree, be proactive and be an example for her children. Recognising the sacrifices she has made to be at university, Kathryn said “I’m ambitious and now see a future for myself that is separate from my children as they become more and more independent”.

      Christina Manawaiti

      51 years old, Hazelbrook
      B Arts (Pathway to Teach Secondary)

      Inspired by those who taught her, Christina is working towards a Teaching degree.
      Drawing on the memories of the teachers that inspired her, Christina is looking forward to having a class of her own. Having just completed her first year of B Arts (Pathway to Teach Secondary), Christina is dedicated to completing her studies to the best of her (excellent) ability, feeling she needs to show herself to be above the others, as a mature aged student. Currently supporting her 16 year old daughter, the Harvey Norman scholarship will eliminate the need to work while studying and to ensure Christina can afford the day to day living expenses associated with university. ‘This scholarship shows me I am doing the right thing and proves it’s never too late to achieve your dream’ Christina has been invited to join UWS’ Academy, a unique leadership development program offering tailored academic units, workshops, projects and events for high potential students . She is also looking to join MATES at UWS, a program designed to ease new mature aged students into University life.

      Maricel Romero

      54 years old, Lakemba
      B Crim & Comm Justice/B Social Work

      Passion for helping others and a strong belief in equity drive Maricel.
      Buoyed by her son’s encouraging words and in her 50s, Maricel is raising the bar in 2015 and commencing her 5 year B Crim & Comm Justice/B Social Work after completing her Diploma in Counselling and Community Services at TAFE in 2014. Driven by a desire to look after her family, she says, “I’m the only one supporting my family. If I have a good job and a good education, I can give my children a good education”. Maricel is also passionate about helping others and has a strong belief in equity, “I want fairness for everybody, and I think this degree is a way to achieve this. Words can’t express how happy I am to be at university” Maricel feels blessed to be at UWS, and commented that this opportunity would not be available to her in the Philippines where she grew up and where her family remain.

      Maria Kardasis

      50 years old, St Marys
      BA/M Teaching

      Maria is a dedicated community volunteer who believes everyone deserves an education.
      With extensive experience in the early childhood education field, Maria Kardasis is now keen to expand her repertoire and work with older children, saying this is something she always wanted to do. “I chose UWS because of its great name and because my children had a great experience”, she said. Determined to further her knowledge, as a single mum Maria believed she had to start with TAFE to develop a foundation of formal knowledge. A dedicated community volunteer, she describes herself as resilient and says “everybody deserves an education. My scholarship will help with travel and books. I’m making sacrifices, but I won’t give up”.

      Anthony Black

      51 years old, Redfern
      B Social Work

      Anthony is taking his second chance and giving back to his community.
      Offered a second chance, Anthony Black has taken the opportunity and made up for lost time, achieving a distinction in his first subject. While previously able to complete one subject at a time due to tuition costs, the Harvey Norman scholarship will allow Anthony to accelerate his degree, and ultimately give back to the community. “2015 is a big year for me, I intend to do well but also not wait until I’ve finished by degree to make a difference, I want to start now”, he said. He is also proud to be a UWS student and thanks UWS for showing faith in him.

      Amanda Burnet

      36 years old, Emu Plains
      B Occupational Therapy

      Inspired by experiences with her own son, Amanda knows the benefits of Occupational Therapy.
      Working closely with Occupational Therapists during therapy for her autistic son, Amanda saw the incredible impact her future profession could have on children. When her vet nursing career was no longer viable due to the extended hours required, she completed the STAT test to enrol at university. “The first time I looked at the test I cried, but having gone through all the issues with my son, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now I owe it to my family to show that whatever you go through, at the end of the day if you want to do it, you can”. Committed to excelling at uni, Amanda’s scholarship will help her afford to get to campus as well as reducing the pressure to work.

      Nita Peterson

      35 years old, Wentworth Falls
      B Nursing
      First in family
      Raised in Western Sydney

      Nita’s can-do attitude and will serve her well in her future career as a midwife.
      Nita Peterson developed an interest in midwifery after supporting a number of family members during their labours. Originally from Liverpool, she relocated to the Blue Mountains for a better life for her children. While high school didn’t suit her style of learning, she has thrived since completing the Tertiary Preparation Certificate through TAFE and is proud to show her kids that “it doesn’t matter what you want to do, you just need to give it a go”. She is also looking forward to the positive impact her degree will have on her family, “I’ll be able to save for my house. I want to break that cycle of having on and off again part time jobs. It might be hard and a lot of work, but at the end it will be worth it”. Nita’s aspirations will be greatly supported by her Harvey Norman scholarship, saying “it will take the pressure off me as a single Mum. All my funds go to supporting the children at the moment”.

      Kylie Ellwood

      25 years old, Strathfield
      B Psych
      Raised in Western Sydney

      Kylie’s studies will help her understand her own background and also give back to the community.
      Kylie Ellwood is a young woman with unfettered ambition. Growing up in Penrith, Kylie was told she wouldn’t achieve much. As an adult, struggling with her upbringing, she decided to enrol in a Bachelor of Psychology at UWS to learn more about her background and the issues that affected her, and prove it to herself she could do it. She credits this as the “best decision she ever made” and hasn’t looked back. Taking a non-traditional pathway to university via UWS College, Kylie was the first recipient of the UWS College Medal and has been blitzing her university studies ever since, aiming to win the University Medal this year (awarded to students graduating with First Class Honours). On the difference the Harvey Norman scholarship would make, Kylie says “Without the additional support I would have to drop to part time. I’m looking into doing a PhD”. Proud of her Western Sydney roots, she says “Western Sydney is my home, and I’d love to go and work with the people there. When I practice, I want to work with people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. I’d like to give kids the guidance I didn’t get as a teenager”. Kylie identifies as an Indigenous Maori. She is a PASS facilitator, providing academic support for students seeking assistance.

      Nigel McDonald

      28 years old, Castle Hill
      B Computer Science
      Penrith Campus

      Bouncing back from the Victorian bushfires, Nigel’s studies will help him make a new start.
      Nigel moved to Sydney seeking a fresh start after losing everything in the Victorian bushfires in 2013. Interested in computers and networking since he was young and with industry experience behind him, Nigel came to UWS knowing what he wanted – a course that tailored to the skills that he wanted to leave with. Nigel says his scholarship is a validation of the hard work he has done so far, developing his skills in new areas within computer science. Nigel also volunteered for the Country Fire Association.

      Harvey Norman played a key role in the Fair Go For The West campaign in 2014 and we are continuing our support in 2015.

      Harvey Norman will sponsor two categories in the Champions of the West campaign, where winners will each receive a $10,000 grant. Harvey Norman's categories are 'Classroom of the Future (Primary School)' and 'Sport in Education'. The former focuses on innovative primary education programmes, while the latter is centred on excellence in primary school, secondary school or grass roots sporting programmes promoting health, exercise and wellbeing for the youth of Western Sydney.

      Additionally, Harvey Norman is sponsoring a social photo competition, #FairGoWest, which enables any amateur snapper to enter their best shot of Western Sydney. The five winners will receive a share in $4,000 worth of Harvey Norman gift cards. So start snapping! To learn more about Harvey Norman's Fair Go for the West involvement, visit http://www.fairgowest.com.au

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