Nadia Berjaoui and Aleisha De Fague from Sydney, together with Demi Green and Morgan Phillips (pictured) from Adelaide, have each soared to new heights since being announced recipients of the 2016 Scholarship Program for school leavers and choosing to embark on naturopathy degrees.
As well as receiving financial support in the form of a full year’s tutorial fees, the four recipients had the chance to polish up their networking and presentation skills through representing Endeavour at key public events such as Open Days and school expos over the past 12 months.
Self-confessed ‘massive chemistry nerd’ Nadia Berjaoui, 18, even had the opportunity to meet Endeavour ambassador and bestselling author Lola Berry at a local career expo.
“It was such an amazing experience. Teachers from my old school even came along to say hi and it was touching to see how proud of me they were,” said Nadia.
Nadia said the financial support the scholarship offered had been life changing, removing significant stress and financial pressure.
“Before I had the scholarship I had a stressful role at a large retailer, and winning the scholarship removed the financial worry and allowed me to just focus on my studies. It also helped me fully prepare myself for the workload ahead of me, which was a tremendous help,” said Nadia.
“I came to naturopathy after having great experiences with a naturopath who inspired me to do the course, and he’s actually already offered me the chance to partner with his business when I graduate, so I feel like there are already really exciting possibilities ahead for me.”
Since embarking on her degree, Morgan Phillips, 18, said the scholarship had given her the chance to get to know fourth year students she wouldn’t have met otherwise and had cemented her dreams of opening her own multi-modality clinic in the future.
Sydneysider Aleisha De Fague said her scholarship had afforded her countless opportunities.
“I loved speaking with people at the career expos and Open Days – I got a huge kick out of being able to guide others on their potential career pathways,” said Aleisha.
“It has also helped me with my part-time job at tea company T2, as I am asked so often about the benefits of particular tea blends and now I have a different layer of knowledge to share with people to help guide their purchasing decisions.”
Adelaide scholarship recipient Demi Green, 18, encouraged anyone considering applying for the 2017 Scholarship program to go for it.
“Why not give it a go? You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. When I filled out the application form I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d get it, and I did!” Demi said.
Last year Endeavour College increased the scope of its school leaver scholarship program to cover 12 month’s tuition fees, valued at AUD$15,000, and extended the program to gap year students up to 19 years of age for all its science degrees.
Recipients can choose from Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture or Myotherapy at the six campuses where those courses are available, or the online Bachelor of Complementary Medicine.
“What we are on the lookout for is academically outstanding school leavers with a demonstrated passion for health and wellness, strong communication skills and a community spirit. We want to spread the word far and wide about this incredible opportunity to become the future of wellness with a kickstart from Endeavour,” said Anne Seville, the College's National Manager of School Engagement.
There are up to seven scholarship places available in the 2017 Scholarship program, with two extra scholarships unveiled recently for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander school leavers between 17 and 19 years of age, seeking to study either Naturopathy or Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine. This will cover each scholarship recipient’s fees in full for the duration of the degree and provide a $500 bursary for first year textbooks.
You can apply here until applications close on 28 November 2016.