Student pursues dream of nursing thanks to scholarship

Dylan Green is pursuing his dream of nursing at Griffith University thanks to the support of a $6,000 scholarship from SurePark.

SurePark, the company that operates Gold Coast University Hospital Car Park, established the SurePark Nursing Scholarship to support a third-year student enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing degree at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus.

Priority was given to a student, who had to relocate from regional, remote or rural areas to study at the Gold Coast Campus as part of their diversity program.

Dylan who grew up in the Philippines where the academic opportunities were limited, moved to Australia with the financial help of family and friends, so he could have access to a better academic system and follow his dreams to become a nurse.

Students at Griffith’s School of Nursing and Midwifery

“I chose to pursue a career in Nursing because when I was young my family and I were in and out of hospital frequently,” Dylan said.

“The nurses who looked after us were always so smart, funny and had a passionate drive to look after people. They made difficult times less trying.”

Living away from family in a new country means also being away from your support network, which Dylan found challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Whilst I have worked part-time throughout my degree to cover expenses, the SurePark Nursing Scholarship has alleviated so much mental and financial stress, allowing me to fully focus on the final year of my nursing degree,” Dylan said.

Supporting students during their final year helps ease the pressure of juggling study, assignments, unpaid internships and work experience.

Dylan intends on paying forward the kindness shown to him.

Dylan Green

“I am forever in debt to those who made this scholarship happen and will repay generosity by finishing my degree strong and going out into the communities to help those in need and pay forward the kindness that has been shown to me,” Dylan said.

Professor Ann Bonner, Head of Griffith’s School of Nursing and Midwifery says she is delighted that SurePark was willing to support a nursing student in need.

“The nursing profession requires registered nurses from a diversity of backgrounds to care for the most vulnerable in our society.”

It was lovely to note that SurePark recognised that students often relocate from regional, rural or remote areas to study in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and wanted to support them,” Professor Bonner said.

Griffith’s belief in the power of education manifests in a commitment to ensure all students–regardless of their personal or financial circumstances–have every opportunity to succeed in their studies and make significant impacts in their chosen fields.

Philanthropy makes an immediate impact on the university experience, particularly for students in need.

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