Scholarship turns struggle into realising potential

Brighter Futures Scholarship Recipient Jade Eaves
Brighter Futures Scholarship Recipient Jade Eaves

The call is out for donations to give students in need a helping hand through Griffith’s Annual Appeal to support the Brighter Futures Scholarship Program.

The program is an important initiative which helps fund scholarships for students in need, like Jade Eaves.

Jade is the walking embodiment of how a scholarship can help a student achieve their tertiary education dreams.

Jade was just 15-years-old when she left home and high school, forcing her to hit pause on her ambitions to study forensic science.

To support herself, Jade worked in the retail and cleaning sectors, but deep down she realised her growing potential and capacity for more.

“A few years ago, I didn’t think going to university was possible,” Jade said.

Jade Eaves on campus
Jade Eaves on campus

But she took the plunge to realise her dream of a career in forensic science, excelling at a tertiary bridging course before making the move to Brisbane and Griffith University where her hard work was recognised.

In 2021 and 2022, Jade received a $5000 Griffith Brighter Futures scholarship aimed at supporting students experiencing personal or financial hardship who are excelling at their studies.

And Jade has been going from strength to strength.

“It hasn’t been easy but I’m proud to say I made it on my own, and I knew that with some support, I could go even further,” she said.

“The scholarship gave me some breathing room and being able to take the financial pressure off my day-to-day was a huge relief.

“With the headspace to focus on the present, I won my third academic achievement award and I made huge strides with my mental health. This scholarship program does make a difference and it means so much more than just financial help.

“It feels like the Griffith community saying we believe in you and think you are capable.”

The University will match all donations, dollar for dollar and 100% of donations go directly to students in need.

To learn more about Jade’s story watch here: Annual Appeal 2022 – Give a student in need the chance to shine – YouTube