August 17, 2022

The UQ Young Achievers Program was launched in 2009 to assist students from low-income backgrounds to access tertiary education. The students are from state schools, and often rural Queensland, where they will be the first in their family to attend tertiary education. So far over 370 Young Achievers have been welcomed to the program.

MineGeoTech’s sponsorship of the University of Queensland (UQ) was further extended in 2018, with the MineGeoTech Scholarship within the Aspire Scholarship Initiative. The MineGeoTech Scholarship provides commencing students who have experienced financial hardship with financial support to assist them with their transition to tertiary study and is for students in engineering, science, technology and mathematics disciplines from remote and very remote areas.

After graduating, I hope to be able to study medicine. It is something I am working towards achieving.

We are happy to see scholarship recipients doing well and thriving in their STEM field, helping to shape the world for the current and future generations. One such recipient is Katty Fisher, who is in the 1st year of her Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree.

We reached out to see how she is enjoying the university lifestyle, and how this scholarship has shaped her educational pathway.

Tell us about yourself, where you grew up, and your family.

I moved from place to place as a child and settled down in Cairns, Far North Queensland, when I was in Grade 4. I studied the International Baccalaureate Program and graduated from Cairns State High School in 2021. In early 2022, I made the move down to Brisbane to begin my studies at the University of Queensland. My family all work in business and finance, so I am the first to pursue a STEM degree.

What inspired you to pursue higher education and go into this specific STEM field of study?

I am studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science / Bachelor of Science (Chemistry). I would say my high school teachers played a big role because if I did not enjoy going to their classes, I probably would not have liked the subjects either. My Chemistry teacher always brought in baked goods for us.

Aspire Scholarship Spotlight Case Study

Read more about her journey in our Aspire Scholarship Spotlight Case Study below:

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