Setting up students to thrive in their career

Since 2010, 391 donors have supported the First in Family Scholarships, awarded to commencing Bachelor of Commerce students who will be the first in their family to attend university. Here, Belinda Tran shares how the scholarship helped her through her studies.

Bachelor of Commerce alum Belinda was supported through her degree by a First in the Family Scholarship.
Bachelor of Commerce alum Belinda Tran was supported through her degree by a First in the Family Scholarship.

"I went to Pascoe Vale Girls College, which at the time was determined a disadvantaged school. After graduating high school, I was very nervous about the experience that was waiting for me at the number one university in Australia, especially coming from a family that never went to university before.

The honour of receiving the First in the Family Scholarship is something I am truly grateful for. It provided many amazing opportunities that ensured I thrived during university. My scholarship funds supported me when I needed a laptop, textbooks and stationery items for studying which I was genuinely thankful for.

Being a recipient of a faculty scholarship exposed me to leadership events, networking opportunities and mentoring, helping to build my confidence and knowledge of the career pathways available to me after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce. I majored in Accounting and Finance, graduating in December 2021.

I was granted the opportunity to become a Vacationer at PwC in 2020, and from then on, also worked part-time. I am now 12 months in as a full-time Graduate Associate at PwC doing risk and controls assurance work. I am continuously learning and have met many great people along my journey in the professional services world.

Thanks to this scholarship and the opportunities it has given me, I have made life-long friends and learned new skills and knowledge about career pathways that have led me to where I am today

I would like to thank you and express my appreciation for your encouragement and kindness in supporting people like me with this opportunity. I am truly grateful for those who contribute to the First in the Family Scholarship program."