An Indigenous Support Scholarship will help Kiarna Broomhead focus on her studies alleviating the worry for part-time work as she settles into life as a Griffith University first-year engineering student.
The 17-year-old has been awarded an Indigenous Support Scholarship as part of developer Grocon’s commitment to National Reconciliation Week and wants to become a role model for other indigenous students.
“Going to university and studying engineering is important to me, because I want to be a person that can help others see that their background does not influence their future,” Kiarna said.
Grocon, the builder of the Parklands Project, adjacent to the University’s Gold Coast campus, presented Kiarna with a scholarship to assist with student expenses.
Kiarna’s scholarship is the centrepiece of a partnership between Griffith University and the Parklands Project that provides work-integrated learning, graduate placement programs, professional development and industry expertise.
The former Browns Plains State High School student is now living at Southport with her mother and said the scholarship will allow her to focus on her studies, with less pressure to be working.
“Engineering is very fitting for me because it gives me the potential to work hard and progress to a position where I can be a role model for younger kids who are struggling with being different,” she said.