2019 BCEC Economics and Social Policy Scholarship recipient announced

ContactsKelly Pohatu, Events and Communications Officer
Published16 July 2019

We are pleased to announce the 2019 BCEC Economics and Social Policy Scholarship has been awarded to Aleisha Godenzie, who is studying a Master of Psychology at Curtin University.

BCEC introduced the scholarship in 2017 to support broadening access to tertiary education for those traditionally under-represented at university.

Aleisha said she is fortunate to be able to further her study in Psychology.

“This scholarship is an important enabler for community development, especially for students who are not in a good financial position to attend university,” Aleisha said.

“I am passionate about promoting equality and social justice and want to further my qualifications in areas where I can make a difference in the lives of others. I have seen the positive impact people can have on the wellbeing of Australians, including me, and I am moved every day by the advances made by hardworking and talented people around me.”

“One of the key events that has shaped my life choices, is the challenges faced by my 12-year-old son Dylan. The developments made in social policy, medicine and education have directly impacted my family, and in particular, Dylan. A hundred years ago, Dylan may not have survived to live to his current age with his health condition.  Social support and strong institutions  have played an important role in our journey;  this is what motivates me to want to be a part of building a better tomorrow.”

BCEC Director Professor Alan Duncan said he is impressed by Aleisha’s commitment to further her university education and working hard to overcome the challenges she has been faced with.

“We welcome Aleisha to the Centre, joining our PhD scholars and researchers. We also look forward to welcoming future BCEC Economic and Social Policy scholarship recipients to our team.”

Aleisha said that experiencing adversity has made her examine what her values are and why.

“Without strong personal values and a commitment to putting these into practice, I don’t believe I could have achieved what I have today. My personal achievements have allowed me to tackle  difficult days head on, and when my son is suffering, and I feel powerless and lost, I am reminded of the blessings in our lives, and I think of others that are struggling around us.”

Aleisha would encourage anyone who strongly believes in the power of good social policy as a lever for change to apply for this scholarship.

Applications for the 2020 Bankwest Curtin Economics Social Policy Scholarship open on Friday 19th July. Visit our website for more details.