‘It’s been a game-changer in every way for me”.
Until she was awarded the Law Equity Scholarship, Laura Hobbs thought she might have to give up her university studies.
In her final years at school and afterwards, Laura coped with several traumas; parental separation, family financial and health issues and her own health problems which included two major orthopaedic surgeries.
I was overjoyed when I was awarded the scholarship – I was immediately free to reduce my work days and concentrate more on my studies.
Laura has cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair for mobility.
Despite many difficulties during her first year at University, she achieved excellent marks and was able to transfer to a combined Communications and Law degree at UTS.
To contribute to her family finances, Laura worked three days a week in the Burwood Local Court Registry. While she loved the work, she found the stress of trying to combine it with her university studies almost too much to bear.
“I was overjoyed when I was awarded the scholarship – I was immediately free to reduce my work days and concentrate more on my studies.”
Laura wants to use her law degree for the public good. She sees herself working for the DPP or the Crown Solicitor or perhaps in legal policy areas governing family and domestic violence.
She says the scholarship has made an incredible difference to her life and allows her to have a balance between paid work and her studies. “It’s delivered an amazing sense of freedom from stress."