Yuan Yuan (YY) Liu believes in the power of giving. The gift of education, she says, plays a crucial part in building our community.
YY graduated in economics and commerce from ANU twenty years ago, and has since maintained a deep connection with her alma mater.
"I have benefited enormously from the ANU community since graduation," says YY. "I continue to use the University's facilities like the library, still attend learning events and seek guidance from professors and experts from time to time."
To help others enjoy and benefit from a similarly enriching educational experience, YY has established the Poppy Undergraduate Scholarship. It supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds and gives them the opportunity to realise their dreams.
YY had to work through her own personal and financial challenges while completing her undergraduate studies. This motivated her to help talented students, facing social, financial and personal obstacles, obtain a world-class education. The Poppy Undergraduate Scholarship supports students of Sociology, Economics, Commerce or Law at ANU. This head start helps them continue on their chosen life paths and contribute to the broader community.
She says we all can contribute to the gift of education in our own way.
"I would encourage everyone to help our students complete their studies to the best of our ability. It doesn't matter if the contribution is big or small."
The 2019 Poppy Undergraduate Scholarship recipient, Monica Hoswell, says receiving the scholarship has brought her financial stability and helped her focus on her studies without any undue stress.
"The support the scholarship provides is wonderful - both the financial support and knowing that someone believes in you enough to support your studies and assist your development," says Monica.
YY believes supporting students plays a crucial part in building our community and a productive Australia.
"It is important to support our students to build their skills and help them become contributing members of society despite their challenges. What they experience, is our shared experience too," says YY. "To help our students is to help our community grow and our country prosper."