Many of our students are struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic and are having to make difficult choices between continuing to study and addressing basic needs. We want to help our students continue their education by supporting their urgent financial needs.
A university education improves lives. It leads to better employment, better health outcomes and higher lifetime earnings. It can lift students, their families and their communities out of hardship, and be a driver of personal, social and national change. A university education is life changing, but so is unexpected hardship. Giving our students immediate relief now means this point in time, does not derail the future of our talented students.
Your support will give immediate relief, ease financial stress and allow students to continue their studies. Give our talented students the opportunity to keep learning and be the leaders of tomorrow.
Utsav Gupta, President, ANU postgraduate and research students’ association
By supporting students through difficult situations, you are empowering them to succeed in their study and careers.
Talent is everywhere; opportunity is not. Support students and change lives.
Many of our students are struggling and adapting to changing ways of living and studying. We asked some of our scholarship recipients how the COVID-19 pandemic was impacting their study and life.
Aled Morrow received a scholarship that changed his life. The impacts of COVID-19 are now changing his university experience.
"The start of the COVID-19 pandemic was a very uncertain time for us. Everything was going to change. The first couple of weeks involved trying to decide whether to stay in Canberra or return home to rural Western Australia. Travelling would be very expensive, especially since I would have to take all of my instruments with me. In the end, we had the opportunity to stay in our hall of residence, thanks to support staff. They have given us some much-needed continuity in a time of great change."
A scholarship helped Sonesh begin her university experience. Now, that support is helping her to stay connected through the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Teachers are doing the best they can to help students online. Self-motivation can be hard. Not being able to work is hard. I used to work casually in retail and on the ANU Calling Program. I had to repurchase some equipment to meet minimal requirements for studying from home, which was a big upfront cost. If I didn’t have a scholarship, it would’ve impacted even more."