Indigenous student Krysta Greer is drawing on support and encouragement as she strives to become a maths and ITD teacher.
The CQUniversity Secondary Education student is putting her newly announced Arrow Energy scholarship of $10 000 to good use to ensure her part-time work hours don’t have to impinge on her study time.
She’s also looking forward to the Queensland Finals of the ‘Vocational Student of the Year’ Award in September 2017.
Her Queensland Training Awards nomination was based on completion of certificates in Engineering Drafting through TAFE SkillsTech and a traineeship at Gladstone Ports Corporation.
Originally from Toowoomba, Krysta moved to Gladstone around 11 years ago. She’s currently spending a year in Brisbane to be with her partner, while studying online subjects, but plans to move back to Gladstone to complete her degree.
“I’m hoping to combine my TAFE skills with my teaching degree as I have a passion to become a classroom teacher,” Krysta says.
“I’m proud of my Indigenous heritage so I really appreciate assistance from the Arrow Energy Indigenous University Scholarships program, in partnership with CQUniversity.”
Krysta is also proud of her work with Indigenous students in Gladstone in 2016, through two career expos held in the Harbour City.
“I had the opportunity to speak to Indigenous students from different high schools around Gladstone to tell them my story and also to express the opportunities available to them,” she says.
“I hope to continue this influence as a secondary teacher by making sure all my students are aware of all the career possibilities out there and that if they work hard for it, their dreams can come true.”
Arrow Energy has also announced ongoing scholarship support for continuing CQUniversity student recipients Christie Wishart (Medical Science), Chloe Roff (Nursing) and Taylor Gilbert (Nursing).
For the past five years, Arrow has maintained 25 to 30 scholarships, contributing more than $1.25 million in funding to support tertiary educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people each year.
“We believe increasing participation in higher education is one of the key factors in closing the gap and these scholarships are part of that effort,” said Arrow Energy Vice President External Relations and Tenure Management Leisa Elder.
“The scholarships are worth up to $10 000 a year for each person’s course and also include mentoring, tutoring and peer network groups so students have the support to achieve their goals.
“Over the past five years we’ve seen some very talented students achieve their dreams – from paramedics to primary school teachers, from scientists to novelists – it’s fantastic to play a small role in supporting higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Queensland.”