Role models on the path to University

15 July 2019

I want to encourage them to come to university because it gives you so many more options in life.

When Khamis Buol arrived in Australia as a nine year old from South Sudan his first meal was a burger.

"It was completely foreign to me! I didn't know how to eat it. I took off the bun and ate each piece of the burger one by one, separately," said Khamis.

When Hans and Connie Bachor arrived in Australia from Germany in 1981, they also found themselves in unfamiliar territory.

"Learning how to eat a meat pie at a football match was a very interesting challenge. Eating it with your hands, and discovering it's boiling hot in the middle: something I never experienced in Germany!" said Hans.

Connie and Hans-Albert Bachor
Connie and Hans-Albert Bachor

The challenge of adapting to a new culture far from home inspired Hans and Connie to establish a scholarship for refugee students like Khamis.

“We arrived here with no support system, so we know what it is like,” said Connie.

They established The Bachor Undergraduate Science Scholarship to give refugees like Khamis easier access to university.

Khamis says the scholarship has helped him stay committed to his Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Computing flexible double degree.

“The money from the scholarship has helped me buy a new laptop at a time when I was financially unstable. It has also helped me not be so reliant on the bus for transport, so I can stay at uni studying longer.”

Khamis says he’s now motivated to be a positive role model to his younger brother and sister.

“I want to encourage them to come to university because it gives you so many more options in life.”

Hans says he’d like to be a role model too. Not to future immigrants, but to future donors.

“Our science scholarship is a good start,” he says. “But I would love to see other refugee scholarships in areas such as law and business studies following suit.”

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