CQUniversity Bachelor of Arts student Billie Hughes is pursuing her desire to be a voice for the environment thanks to the 2021 Jenny Simpson Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship, valued at $2000, is named after late CQUni teacher Jenny Simpson, an inspirational academic and champion of the Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) course at CQUniversity. The funds assist graduating STEPS students with educational expenses as they progress into any undergraduate program at CQUniversity.
Billie, who resides in Bundaberg, enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts after she completed STEPS at CQUni in 2020.
“I love to write and have a large passion for the environment, so I have decided to major in both journalism and geography,” she said.
“My goal is to give a voice to those who need it most. Whether that be human or animal, I believe I can achieve that goal through journalism.
“Like Jenny Simpson, my passion and drive lead me to where I need to be in life.
”With such support, I will be able to study with ease and achieve my goal of becoming a journalist.
”Thank you for believing in me.
”I am honoured to be receiving the Jenny Simpson Memorial Scholarship in 2021.”
Over the past three and a half years, Billie has ramped up her efforts, volunteering 1900 hours of work at Alexandra Park Zoo in Bundaberg.
She has also volunteered at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane and completed work experience at Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney.
She has also created a travel blog (The Wild Travel Chic) to support solo travelers throughout the world.
CQUniversity released a statement saying they are honoured to celebrate the life and legacy of the late, Jenny Simpson and extended their deepest thanks to Jenny’s family, friends and colleagues who make this scholarship possible through the CQUniCares Student Success Fund.
”Jenny Simpson was an extraordinary person,” the statement said.
”She was a passionate teacher, a transformative educator, a vigorous researcher, and for her students, she was an inspiration.
”She gave of herself to ensure that students, who previously may not have had the opportunity to achieve a tertiary education, were able to do so.
”She was responsible for enabling second-chance adult learners to effect change in their lives, to feel empowered and to be awakened to their true abilities.
”She dedicated 15 years of her life to providing 1000 CQUniversity students with the opportunity to achieve the necessary requirements to equip them with the skills and confidence to embark on a tertiary education.
”She lived by the quote: “I think; therefore I am. I imagine: therefore I can be more”, a value that she instilled in all of her students.”