First Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM Scholarship recipient
Eva Hopewell, a first-year IT student at Queensland University of Technology, has been awarded the first Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM scholarship ( /uni-researchers/stemiam.aspx ).
After graduating, Eva plans to run her own technology company to benefit positive change for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. She hopes other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, especially young women, will be inspired to pursue studies and careers in STEM.
Eva said the scholarship funds will allow her to concentrate on her studies without having to supplement her income with part-time or casual work. She will also use the scholarship to pay for tuition fees and textbooks.
Second Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM Scholarship recipient
Tarliya Baxter from Gayndah, a first-year engineering student at Central Queensland University, Bundaberg campus, has been awarded the second Advance Queensland STEM.I.AM scholarship.
Tarliya Baxter is the STEM.I.AM Scholarship recipient from the Bunda Bunda people of Bundaberg and Wiradjuri people in New South Wales. Tarliya is planning on studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) in Bundaberg. Previously Tarliya was awarded the Indigenous Student of the Year award for the last 3 years of her high schooling, has attended university summer programs and is completing a pre-university internship with Career Trackers Australia in Brisbane. Tarliya is actively involved in her community through cultural activities including performance of Torres Strait Islander dances. She wants to continue to be a role model to younger generations by showing them it is possible to hold onto their culture and strive educationally at university. Her goal is to take the knowledge she gains from this degree back to her community and to many communities across Australia.