Edith Cowan University (ECU) student Daniella Borg certainly keeps herself busy.
The Midland mother of nine works full time as an Aboriginal Education Officer, stars in SBS docu-series Family Rules, is nearing the end of her degree and can now add scholarship winner to her list of achievements.
Daniella is one of four recipients of the 2019 Edith Cowan University Vice-Chancellor’s Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship, worth $5,000 per year until the completion of their degrees.
The Nyoongar woman credits motivation and hard work for her success.
“My life is a balancing act,” she said.
“My typical morning starts at 4.30am to do my studies and then I go off to work. I then come home in the evening and I’m mum.
“Sometimes it’s really hard but I’m determined to be a good role model for my kids and grandkids.”
Easing the cost of study
With a large family to support, Daniella juggles full time work as an Aboriginal Education Officer at Governor Stirling Senior High School with studying towards a Bachelor of Social Science.
“This scholarship will take the pressure off and help with the costs of university – new books and a new laptop in particular,” Daniella said.
“A long time coming”
Daniella has been working towards her Social Science degree since 2013. But her connection with university study stretches back nearly 20 years.
“When I decided to go back to university, initially I wanted to be a teacher,” she said.
“I left that door open but my passion is really working within the community and helping others to achieve their dreams.
“It’s been a long time coming but I want to get this degree for my own personal achievement and to be a role model for my kids and my community.
“My aim is to get a job that helps support my mob, support their successes and help them to achieve their dreams.”
2019 is the first time ECU has awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship to four students.
The three other scholarship winners are Jye Skinner (Bachelor of Education), Larissa Collard (Bachelor of Science (Nursing)) and Cassandra Catley (Bachelor of Sport, Recreation and Event Management).
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) Professor Braden Hill said the quality of applicants this year was impressive.
“In the past we’ve only awarded the scholarship to one student per year however Larissa, Daniella, Cassandra and Jye are all incredibly inspirational and we are proud to support them in their studies,” he said.
The students will formally receive their awards at ECU’s NAIDOC Week Art and Culture Exhibition on Friday, 5 July 2019 at the Mount Lawley Campus.
ECU is a leader in finding ways for people to get into university and we are strongly committed to assisting students to understand and adapt to university life. We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to enquire about becoming ECU students.