When CQUni Education student Philippa Rumble learned she had received a Connellan Airways Trust Scholarship she cried because she found the inspiration to keep following her dream of becoming a school teacher.
The Connellan Airways Trust is a national not-for-profit organisation established by E.J. Connellan to assist people who reside in Outback Australia with financial support for any worthwhile project, particularly involving education, communication, transport and health services.
Since the Trust’s formation in 1981, over $3.5 million has been provided to people in Outback Australia.
Philippa, who, lives in Mullewa in WA, is studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) via distance but visits the Geraldton Universities Centre, traveling 100km each way to attend tutorials and professional practice every day so for her, the scholarship has been a godsend.
“When I heard I had received a Connellan scholarship, I cried. I received the phone call to notify me of my successful scholarship application and I felt like my choice to study was reaffirmed,” she said.
“As most people would know, studying can be a costly experience, with books, blocks of unpaid professional practice and a myriad of small costs that quickly add up. As a rural student, who travels 100 km each way to attend each tutorial or professional practice day, I had added travel costs to contend with. These added up to over 12,600 kilometres in 2018, and I was unsure how I would afford to study and attend my professional practice in 2019 with the costs set to be even higher.
“Receiving a Connellan scholarship has meant that I am able to attend my tutorials and professional practice.”
Philippa said she chose to study Primary education through CQUni of its approach to education for rural, regional and remote university students.
“I am currently at the midpoint of my second year, almost halfway through my degree, and I am really enjoying it,” she said.
“While it is challenging at times (especially during those times that all my assessments are due), I feel like it is shaping me into the best teacher I can be. I’m finding study fulfilling and enjoyable.
“I undertook my first professional practice One in a tiny rural school 30 minutes from the farm I live on, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mullewa. I spent a total of 20 days in a kindergarten/pre-primary room, where I started to learn the practical side of teaching.
“The best part was getting to know the kids, relating to the children, was an exceptional experience. I was very lucky to be able to do a few full days of teaching and I gained so many practical skills from that.”
She said she was very thankful to Connellan for their support.
“While it may sound silly, this scholarship has provided more than simply financial support; it has inspired me to prove I am a worthy investment to the scholarship donors. I feel that more than just the people I know, and love believe in me, and that is a powerful motivator.
“It’s important to add that the companies and people that provide CQUni Cares scholarships are changing student lives.”
She said she hoped to find a teaching position in a rural or remote school in WA when she completes her degree.
“As a mother and member of my local school board, I know how hard it can be to find teachers that will invest, long term, in a rural or remote school,” she said.
“I hope to be a dynamic and effective teacher to country students. I strive for excellence in all I do and being a teacher that makes a positive difference in students’ lives is no different.”