Staff making a difference where it matters: Equity Scholarships


It’s that time again when charities are bombarding us with appeals to make a donation before the end of the financial year.

At Macquarie, the focus is on equity scholarships, which can make a huge difference to students. When someone has the ambition and tenacity to educate themselves, great things can happen for them, their family and their community.

Please support our students by donating to our equity scholarships fund.

“The only way that representation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can increase in academia (currently 0.7% of staff at Macquarie) is by creating the opportunity for students to get into university,” says Cathy Rytmeister, a staff member who has chosen to donate to the equity scholarship fund.

The joy and pride felt by the scholarship recipients is palpable.

“Families all cry when you get a scholarship!” says scholarship recipient Mackenzie Dewsbury.

Here are some of our students talking about the massive positive impact that their scholarships have had on their lives:

This full-length video is 5m12s; there’s a shorter 90-second cut.

Read student Kyh’s Samuelsson’s journey to University, which was made possible by Macquarie’s Equity Scholarship Fund. Kyh is the first in his family to go to university, with the older kids in his hometown of Lightning Ridge providing inspiration as role models and the Equity Scholarship providing the means.

Check out our story from December to find out who the staff are behind our University fundraising.

Make a difference to the life of young person in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community – it could change not just a life, but a whole community.





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  1. And I also said “It’s one thing we can do to start paying the rent.”

    Was that too political for This Week?

    I could go further and say that for people like me who are relatively privileged and whose privilege in part arises from the theft of First Nations lands that were never ceded, it’s a duty, a responsibility and a very, very small step towards reconciliation.

    Truth, Treaty, Voice.

    And what’s with the donations page talking about “deserving” students?! What does that actually mean?

    Are there some students from disadvantaged educational backgrounds who are “undeserving”?

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