From regular donations to gifts left in wills, the University of Tasmania Foundation receives contributions in a number of ways. But no matter the form, all donations have the potential to make a profound impact on those at the heart of our institution – students.
For Ashlea Hull, that impact was the opportunity to realise her childhood dream of studying nursing, a dream that had seemed a distant possibility while growing up in Queenstown. “I always knew I wanted to attend university, but I wasn’t sure I was ever going to be able to. With no college in Queenstown, moving to Burnie was inevitable,” she said.
After matriculating from Marist Regional College last year, Ashlea enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing at the University’s Launceston campus, driven by her interest in anatomy and physiology, and determination to work as a rural nurse. And as the 2017 recipient of the Miss Cluny Portnell Memorial Scholarship, Ashlea will now be able to realise both her dream to attend higher education and a career as a rural health nurse. The endowed scholarship, valued at $6,000, will assist her with the costs of travelling to the Launceston campus twice a week, textbooks, furniture and perhaps most importantly, will fund her to travel to rural areas for her placements. “Miss Cluny Portnell was a tireless community worker, actively involved in the community and aiding veterans long after World War II. I hope to closely mimic her work in remote areas in the future,” Ashlea told guests at the Foundation’s Launceston dinner last month.
For Kristen Kay, being the recipient of an Annual Appeal Scholarship enabled her to relocate from the North-West coast and become the first in her family to attend university, graduating last year from a Bachelor of Agriculture. “I’m honoured to have people believing in my journey. The scholarship prepared me in the best possible way for success during and after my degree,” Kristen said. While leaving a gift in a will can create inspiring scholarship recipients such as these, equally as significant are the regular donations to the University’s Foundation by members of the Domain Society.
Named after the University’s original home, the historic Domain House, the society was created to recognise donors who have contributed to the Foundation for five consecutive years or more. Donations from the Society’s members collectively total more than $3 million and support a wide range of projects, including the Annual Appeal.