Scholarship, May 2015 | Future Impact

Well the results are now in. The winner of the scholarship round ending in May 2015 is

  • I Dream Their Dream by Warih H.

Warih gets a no-strings cash award of $2,000.

We hope that Warih makes good use of the prize to further her ambitions as a professional planner in Indonesia.

Runner-up entries

Based on the judges' scores, 4 runner-up entries were determined. Each receives a consolation cash award of $200. The runner-up entries for this round are:

  • Life in the Cloud
  • It's a Miracle
  • Narnia
  • This Time Around


The winning and runner-up entries were chosen by a 4-person panel, consisting of:

  • Dr Andrew Lancaster (founder of UniCurve)
  • Jason Scott (Bloomberg reporter)
  • Sandra Lancaster (school teacher)
  • Celeste Poulton (public health writer).

Each judge chose their top 5 entries from the shortlisted entries (which have all been published on this site). Scores were assigned (5 for the top entry, 4 for second, 3 for third, etc) for each judge's selections. Scores were then added to decide the overall winner and runner-up entries.

I Dream Their Dream

~ by Warih R, who wants to study for a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree with Florida University

I am a bachelor graduate of the Urban and Regional Planning Program of Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. I wish to continue my studies through an online masters program in Urban and Regional Planning, because I dream to be a professional planner.

I have a dream to help remote communities in my country to obtain their basic necessities, so they can easily access great quality infrastructure and facilities. If I become a professional planner, I will build and repair the transportation infrastructure that will connect remote areas to the cities – to improve their transport system and to expedite their goods distribution so that the remote areas community will not be isolated. I will build health facilities so that sick isolated people will no longer be neglected and increase their life expectancy rates. I will build schools, lots of schools, in the remote areas to help other children get higher education and reach their dream respectively. My biggest dream is to help people in rural and remote areas to have easy access to their basic needs.

Thank you for this opportunity to be a step closer to my dream. Hopefully, later, I can also help others to reach their dreams.

Life in the Cloud

~  by Lisa Cooper, who is studying for a Bachelor of Arts (History) degree with Deakin University

Dinner in the market square beneath Cloth Hall, Ypres (Belgium), two days before Anzac Day 2014. I was enjoying the company of one of Australia’s leading military historians, who questioned my career going forward. “Drop the journalist tag, you’re a writer. If you ever want to work for me, I don’t look at anyone who hasn’t done their Masters in military history.”

I was taken back by what he said before I started to wonder, why wasn’t I doing that? Military history is my passion. It has been for a decade. I felt intense excitement as I realised, life was about to change forever. But could I do it? A student at my age? Never did I think I’d make it to Europe either, and yet there I was.

Within weeks of returning home, I’d enrolled at Deakin University as a Cloud student, studying my BA (History). I’m in the second year of my five year plan moving forward, which includes obtaining my Masters in Military History through ADFA. From that night last year, my life has exploded with excitement, opportunities and a future I never thought possible, all thanks to Cloth Hall, an historian and Deakin Cloud.

It's a Miracle

~  by Steven, who is studying for a Diploma in Business and Management with Martin College

The snow is falling outside and I don't know what the temperature is, but its well below zero on this wintry day in Moscow in February. In fact, the temperature won't be getting above zero for a couple of months.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, my facilitator is reading my submission, my assessment task one, in the heat of an Australian summer. We are working together for my education, my success, from a world of different extremes – political, geographical and climatic. It seems impossible, a dream, but it is reality.

I have to go to work now, so I pack my bag, put on my fur-lined coat, gloves and woollen hat and march out into the street. I have an English lesson to give, but my mind is still on my studies. I am just wondering what he'll be thinking 14,000 kilometres away.

Outside the streets are icy, the snow is still falling and the early morning church bells are ringing – maybe for this mid-winter miracle that is online study.


~  by A.Atkins, who wants to study for a Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree with the University of New England

(published with permission of author prior to scholarship round closing)

To me, online study is akin to the wardrobe that leads to Narnia. I have a chronic, debilitating illness; I am physically disabled. Making my way to a university campus daily is far too much for my troublesome body; but a new world has been opened up thanks to Australian universities adopting current, advancing technologies.

Presently, people from many different walks of life have access to the knowledge delivered by some of our wisest professors. Australians like myself now have the same opportunity to grow and to flourish, but from our own homes. Not so long ago, this was once a long sought after dream.

Today, I have the opportunity to open up my laptop and enter a whole new world of possibility. I feel that online study is synonymous with opportunity; just as would be a whole new world. Just like my very own Narnia.

This Time Around

~  by Catherine Shrubsole, who is studying for a Master of Employment Relations degree with Griffith University

The cool emanations from my digital devices, the muted chirps, the look and feel of high design, the experience of reality collapsed – more data, less time – this is my life as an online student. Immediate fingertip access to warehouses of theory and research and global academic discussion is thrilling and overwhelming. The responsibility of the seeker-learner to consume, synthesise, analyse and deliver something meaningful, seems crushing.

While I may study by myself, I am not alone. My masters and fellow learners around the world are contributing their energies and scholarship to my efforts. We may not be in the same room but we are a class, a University without walls. We may not meet but we do collaborate. We may never shake hands but we do touch one another’s minds. We share our stories by tap and click, swipe and swish, in our own illuminated text.

Just as students have always learned from their teachers’ stories, we learn and grow from this storytelling. We have moved away from the glow of the campfire and the expanse of the lecture hall. We hold the portal to our learning universe. Enter now.