A hard-working Swinburne University of Technology psychology and public relations student, Danielle Brown, has been recognised for her commitment to community service.
Being awarded the 2015 Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Scholarship on Sunday 12 July, Danielle received $3000, which she said will assist her in completing her studies.
“I’m in my last year of my undergraduate degree and have been trying to maintain my grades so that I can continue into honours next year. The scholarship will considerably ease my financial burdens and increase my ability to focus on my course work,” Danielle said.
She said that she was honoured to receive the scholarship, which is named after an Australian war veteran who spent many years working to improve health, welfare and education services in Australia.
“We are all part of the community and by contributing to it in a positive way you can make the world surrounding you and others a better place,” Danielle said.
For the past few years, Danielle has been volunteering for organisations and projects including OneWorld Summit, MAD Travel Philippines and 28 Day Palm Oil Challenge supported by Zoo’s Victoria.
“I love seeing the positive impact you can create in the world if you try. I find it a blessing to be part of, and contribute to, the lives of others.”
Since beginning at Swinburne in 2010, Danielle has also been heavily involved with the university and she said that they had always encouraged her to follow her dreams.
“Swinburne has been one of my biggest supporters and has always tried to help me connect the dots with the work I do.
“When a friend and I first started a project called ONEWorld Summit, we desperately needed sponsorship and Swinburne were one of the first organisations to put up their hand and help us,” Danielle said.
Danielle said that Swinburne’s Student Advancement leadership program had opened the door to many more opportunities for her.
“I’ve been able to kick-start my own projects, including one that will see 40 Swinburne students visit the Philippines next year and participate in an immersion program.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Swinburne and their willingness to place faith in the abilities of their students.”
Awarded annually, the Sir Edward Weary Dunlop was established by Swinburne the City of Stonnington to commemorate the life and work of the late Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop, who was a resident of the City of Stonnington.