Gold Coast Tafe award 11 students with scholarships

GOLD COAST institute of Tafe (GCIT) has awarded 11 scholarships to help nurture the careers of the Gold Coast’s future leaders.

The 2014 scholarships are together worth over $50,000 and are evidence of the Institute’s continued commitment to provide ambitious Gold Coasters with education in their chosen vocation.

Scholarship recipient, Liam Patch, 17, has dreams to become an enrolled nurse after he spent a lot of time with his brother in hospital.


“My brother was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease over two years ago and watching him go in and out of hospital has helped me understand the caring and compassion required to help people through treatment,” said Patch.

The former Coombabah State High School student also completed a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance at GCIT through the school-based health program during his senior studies.

2013 senior from Trinity Lutheran College, Indianna Thomas, won a scholarship to study GCIT’s Diploma in Hospitality, Events, Travel and Tourism and is one of the first students to enrol into the new triple qualification.

GCIT’s triple Diploma is new in 2014 and will implement a broad range of management operations and activities that could lead to jobs as an event assistant or coordinator, travel agent, restaurant and café manager, food and beverage supervisor and much more.

Thomas said she will use the diploma as a pathway to study a Bachelor of Hotel Management at University.

“When I finish the diploma I plan to take a gap year and use my qualification to work internationally to broaden my career and life experiences before I return to the Gold Coast to study a degree in Hotel Management,” said Thomas.

Patch and Thomas are just two of 11 GCIT scholarship winners for 2014, including three Indigenous recipients.

GCIT Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Devine, said he was impressed at the quality of all scholarship applicants this year.

“Our schools direct entry scholarships are awarded to those senior high school students who can best demonstrate their commitment to a particular career path,” said Mr Devine.

“Liam and Lauren’s passion and achievements did just that.”

Mr Devine said the Indigenous scholarship recipients were chosen for their educational goals and aspirations, background in community participation and their ability to act as a role model.