Student awarded unique opportunity (Issue 9, 2011)
Mature-aged student Jodie Goddard is the very first recipient from the Mildura campus to receive the A$10 000 scholarship to travel to the United States for a semester.
The purpose of the scholarships is to give La Trobe students the opportunity to add an international dimension to their studies by undertaking courses at a partner university overseas. Campus Director Neil Fettling said INU scholarships are only offered to the academic elite in each faculty.
‘Students are invited to apply for the INU scholarship if they have displayed excellent academic ability. It’s then a rigorous process of completing an essay and going through a series of interviews.
Jodie should be incredibly proud to be the first student from the Mildura campus to be offered such a prestigious scholarship,’ Mr Fettling said.
Jodie, who is in her third year of a Bachelor of Education, hopes her experience at James Madison University in Virginia will further enhance her teaching style. She believes this unique experience with students from different backgrounds and cultures will show her a different approach to the teaching profession.
‘Once I establish myself as a teacher in Mildura I hope my time spent in the US will be of benefit to my future students and open up another dimension to teaching styles in the regions,’ she says.
Jodie is also a single mother to thirteen-year old Dylan and three-year old Kaleb. Together they will move to Virginia for the next six months and share the challenges and adventures that come along when living in a different country.
‘I’m already used to juggling many things as I’ve been studying full-time, working part-time and being a full-time mum to the two boys – so this shouldn’t be too much harder!’ she says.
Deb Neal, Academic Coordinator for Education said, 'the Education staff were thrilled Jodie had been successful. The Faculty had been instrumental in providing funding for her at attend the interviews in Melbourne. This is not only great for Jodie but it enables her fellow students to aspire to achieve the same goal.’
Jodie took part in a ceremony last month at La Trobe’s Melbourne campus whereby she was officially awarded with her scholarship.