Griffith Futures Scholarship recipient and recent graduate, Zakarye Dib, reflects on the gift of education and starting a new career.
The former Griffith Sciences student attended his Gold Coast graduation ceremony at the end of last year and is now looking to the future, with a new job at global engineering and design company, Arup.
“It’s an indescribable feeling of complete relaxation and massive excitement for the future ahead,” he said.
“A very proud moment to have accomplished exactly what I have been working so hard for.”
The Griffith Futures Scholarship is supported by funds raised through the Annual Appeal and Griffith’s Staff Giving program.
Zak said the scholarship had provided him with invaluable support.
“The impact goes so much further than anyone knows,” he said.
“It has been a great help to me with the circumstances I faced and changed my future — reminding me there are people who want to help, and my efforts will not go unrewarded.”
Zak hopes to one day become a scholarship donor.
“The scholarship came at a time when I needed it and I’m so very grateful,” he said.
“I know what a difference a scholarship can make and hope that I can one day help a student complete their degree too.”
The Annual Appeal and Staff Giving were established to support students excelling in their studies despite experiencing personal or financial hardship.
Donations for the program this year have broken previous records.
2018 Annual Appeal impact in numbers
Development and Alumni Deputy Director Joanne Nyland said she sees the impact scholarships have on students every day.
“These scholarships provide students the opportunity to access a world-class education at Griffith and are an investment in our future,” she said.
“The program empowers students’ to reach their potential and go on to become our world leaders, ground-breaking researchers, educators or even space explorers.
“Not even the skies the limit if you’re a Griffith graduate.”