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Ilana Jones


Dreaming big

Dreaming big

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.



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John Jackson’s legacy

An academic, philanthropist and lover of the arts, Emeritus Professor John Jackson dedicated his life to helping people learn. He had a distinguished career at RMIT and was the former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources), a position he held from 1999 to 2003.

He devoted much time and energy to student issues, playing an active role on the University Council while overseeing a significant expansion of the business school and developing an increasing focus on industry placements for all business students. He was appointed Emeritus Professor in 2004.

His legacy lives on through The Emeritus Professor John Jackson Scholarship, donated to RMIT as a gift in his will.

His vision was to provide bright yet disadvantaged students with the funds necessary to access tertiary education. The scholarship is one of RMIT’s most significant, providing a contribution to both tuition fees and study expenses to help the next generation achieve their dreams.

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The gift of education

Giving to education is powerful. A bequest is a lasting legacy that will shape the future of RMIT – benefiting students, the University and the community for years to come.

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