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Amelia Beck Awarded Scholarship

“Make connections, be confident and enjoy every moment”

The teenage years can be considered challenging however for Amelia Beck they were particularly tough. Amelia had to overcome the biggest obstacle of all when she sadly lost her mother shortly after graduating from St Mary’s College in 2016.

Amelia travelled to St Mary’s College from Toogoolawah each day which was a round trip of 160 kms. She displayed mature, humble qualities and courageously had not allowed her loss to stop her from chasing her dreams.

Each year, Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) offers scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are interested in a career in primary or secondary teaching.

Mrs Judith Finan, Principal of St Mary’s College, welcomed Amelia back to the College to present the scholarship and the assembly hall was silenced with a moving speech.

“Today is a celebration of Amelia’s strength and persistence to pursue a career in teaching, which was also her mother’s wish,” stated Principal Judith Finan.

“Amelia is proud of her culture and is the face of a strong, aboriginal woman. Any school would be richer by having her.”

Area Supervisor of BCE, Catherine Thompson, joined the service to present the award on behalf of Brisbane Catholic Education.

BCE recognises the tremendous contribution that an aboriginal perspective brings to the classroom and embraces diversity in the workplace.

“In addition to funding, BCE will also provide Amelia with a mentor for the duration of her tertiary studies,” Judy added.

Amelia’s words upon accepting her award inspired the audience. She was thankful for supportive teachers who shaped her to be the woman she is today.