"The difference was immeasurable – I suddenly had the money to buy textbooks and the time to study."
Fatma Alameddine is the eldest of eight children. Her parents fled war-torn Lebanon to make a new life for themselves and their family in Australia.
She understands what it’s like for refugees and that’s what drove her to volunteer with refugee support organisations and to study law so she can fulfil her dream to help those most in need of assistance.
"I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to access affordable legal aid and a certain level of quality of life"
But it has not been an easy road for Fatma.
Her father suffered a workplace injury which makes it difficult to find employment and her mother is a full-time carer for one of her brothers. As the eldest, Fatma has both carer and financial responsibilities.
There was a time when she feared she would not be able to continue her volunteer refugee work or her university studies.
And then she was awarded the Equity Scholarship.
Just to have the time to study is an amazing feeling.
Fatma graduated in October 2019 and plans to use her law degree to ‘pay it forward’ and help marginalised communities.
She strongly believes that everyone deserves a chance at a quality education no matter their circumstances and she wants to help both refugees and those with disabilities experience the same opportunities as everyone else.