The moment I found out I got the scholarship, I opened an email and I read the first word, “Congratulations”! I remember feeling so happy, I felt like crying with joy!
I rang mum on my way home and we both cried in happiness and relief, as finances were beginning to become a struggle. But I believe that if you put all the effort that you can, you’re going to end up going where you want to go.
I was always driven by education. I grew up in a country town where my mum was a teacher at my school which only had about 300 students in total. Not going to uni was never an option, but I knew that I would need a scholarship to go.
I’m doing the medical radiations course because I really wanted to do something in the health field. I did my work experience at the local hospital and I really enjoyed it. It’s a very good course because it will make me a fully qualified radiation specialist and I will be able to treat patients with cancer.
I definitely want to go back to the country, growing up in a little country town I know there is a shortage of healthcare professionals. I am passionate about giving back to the community.
It’s wonderful that John Jackson’s bequest helps people like me coming from little communities and having to move into the big wide world. The process does take time – but all good things do take time.
Being helped by a scholarship through Emeritus Professor John Jackson’s bequest is just amazing. It really encourages me to be better because I want to prove that I’m worth it. I’m more focused because I don’t want to disappoint my family so I do the best that I can. I want to make them proud.
Ilana Jones has just finished the first year in her Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations). She chose this course as it combines her two passions: science and mathematics.