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Teagan dreamed of a career in astrophysics, but as a young person growing up in rural Bendigo that seemed out of reach.
When she received an Achieving Potential Scholarship to study a Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours) at Monash University, her world opened up.
Andy remembers the day he told his father he received a Monash scholarship. It was a moment of joy for them both after many years of shared hardship.
Sakinah was 16 years old when her parents fled Afghanistan to give her a better life.
Moving to Melbourne to begin his studies, Tobias knew this scholarship was going to make a difference for him, and for his whole family.
“The scholarship allowed me to work less, and concentrate on my studies. I’ve been able to achieve excellence while still looking after myself throughout the year.”
“The opportunity to study is going to impact my family and Australian society as a whole. You’ve shown me no situation is forever. You just need determination to change it, and other people's help.”
When Jovana found out she had been awarded a Monash scholarship, she screamed for joy. Her dream of attending university was coming true.
Thanks to Monash Alumni who donate to the Achieving Potential Scholarship program, Afghanistan born Asma received an opportunity that has paved the way for an entirely new future.
“Our dreams, hopes and freedom came at a huge price. But now I can fight for my community and rebuild a future in Australia."
"I just want to be able to put myself out there and help people who need it the most and through medicine I can do that."
“Because I don't have to worry about work and paying for study materials, I can really reach my potential.”
“I believe education is the only way to solve a lot of problems, and there should not be any barriers in receiving education.”
"I have support, and there are people out there who see that young people can really make a difference to our world and the future.”
“The ability to bring about a positive change in the lives of others is a huge motivating factor for me.”
"It was my only chance to get into university, so it was a miracle, really."
Monash University is committed to inspire and educate the next generation of global citizens to meet the challenges of our changing world. Together, we can help young people achieve their full potential.