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    David: Linden Little was my grand dad. He was born in 1912 and he passed away in 2001. And he left a significant legacy through sheer hard work over many years. When he passed away, we were keen to honour that legacy in a thoughtful way. So I came up with the idea that we would establish the Linden Little Memorial Scholarship, in memory of my grand dad.

    It can be a really hard transition for a young person, when they first leave school, to effectively make their mark in the first couple of years at university. And my vision with the scholarship was to help somebody start university in a strong way to overcome some of those barriers, and to give someone an opportunity that they might not otherwise get, because simply through their background or their financial circumstances, that they might not actually be able to take on a course like this without this sort of boost.

    Francis: I found out about the Linden Little Scholarship through my sister. She went through university not knowing there were scholarships available, and she didn’t want me to miss out on this opportunity.

    Jai: I first heard about the scholarship through my high school. My careers co-ordinator was pretty big in showing us all of the equity scholarships and that sort of thing.

    Shahd: My dad, he lost his job. So we were just financially like I just didn’t want to burden my parents with all the fees involved with university.

    Omaira: I was a little bit nervous about the application process. English is my second language at the time, and I was still learning it. So I was worried that, with my thick accent, the person wouldn’t be able to understand what I was trying to say.

    Rafael: I was surprised because, to be honest, I didn’t think I’d get it. I felt really happy. Very, very thankful.

    Jai: Moving from Coonamble to the city, I didn’t really have family or financial support network, so I would’ve had to get a job, otherwise. Having the scholarship has definitely removed some of the distraction of part-time work. It’s definitely helped in the sense that I can focus on where I really wanted my career to go.

    Omaira: I was able to buy text books. I was able to pay for my university fees, which was good to decrease my future debt.

    Shahd: It gives me enough time to focus on my studies only, and not worry about other things.

    Francis: When my grades started to slip a bit, I’d get called in by the sponsor co-ordinator at the time and get a quick catch-up on how I was going and give me some motivation to get back on track. And that’s what it actually did.

    David: Providing a scholarship for the first couple of years of someone’s studies is about giving them a kickstart. And I’ve always totally understood the difference it’s making for these young people.

    Rafael: I will say thank you, but I think that’s not enough. I would have to show them what their help has given me. So I will show them all that I’ve accomplished. And I think they will be proud.

    Shahd: I just think I’m so lucky to have that support. And I just want to thank them a lot because, like I said, I can’t really imagine if I didn’t have this.

    David: I’ve enjoyed so much the opportunity to stay in touch with many of the students during their studies and even after they’ve finished their degree. All we want is for them to make the most of it. Maybe in time, they can think about providing that sort of support for students in their own way. UTS is a terrific university. I have such respect for how they craft their courses, and in particular their commitment to providing meaningful work experience to students during their studies. It’s hard to believe that the scholarship has been going for 15 years already. It brings back wonderful memories of my grand dad. I know that deep down he would really chuffed that in his name, we’re supporting some fantastic young people. I hope that we’re able to continue that for many years to come.

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