Opening the doors
On an amazing new path
Lobsang Ngodup is originally from Tibet. When her family fled the country, her legally blind mother suffered physical and psychological torture. Via India, they finally moved to Australia as refugees when Lobsang was eight years old.
She shone at high school in Sydney, although English is her second language and she was frequently taking care of her ill parents as well as her two younger sisters – even during the HSC. But with these ongoing family duties, she knew she would not be able to concentrate on her university studies while also earning enough to make ends meet.
Having felt worried and stressed about her future, she describes getting into Business at Macquarie and then earning a donor-funded scholarship as being “like a dream”.
As the first in her family at university she now hopes to be a role model, inspiring her little sisters and ultimately the Tibetan community in Australia to dream big about what they might achieve.
I am very thankful for the scholarship. It has made a big impact on my life.
Like Lobsang, there are many other bright young people who are at a disadvantage due to hardship. On top of that, students today are paying far more to pursue tertiary study than those who came before them. But a scholarship removes financial barriers to students doing their best.
There is no limit to the wonderful and unique contribution that exceptional young people like Lobsang can make within their families and communities and our world. Please support the Vice-Chancellor's Fund so we can continue to award scholarships, embark on new projects to improve the student experience, and undertake world-class research.