Her journey will be made a little easier after being named the first recipient of the Unitywater Bright Future for First Nation Students Scholarship.

“As a single mother of two young children, the financial support will aid in the purchase of important supplies required during my study and ease the stress to cover all expenses as a sole parent,” the University of the Sunshine Coast Psychology student said.

“More importantly, this scholarship will give me the opportunity to gain experience in a field of work that is closely related to my studies. I will be able to build and develop my skills in an environment committed to providing better opportunities for First Nation students.”

Unitywater Executive Manager Kenan Hibberd said the water and sewerage services provider was proud to offer the scholarship to outstanding First Nation students.

“This scholarship supports the education of a First Nation student studying from a wide range of degrees,” he said.

“Rebecca’s commitment to her studies is really impressive and we’re happy to support her in her education.

“This scholarship supports our Reconciliation Action Plan by increasing diversity in our organisation and providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our service area.”

The scholarship includes a monetary prize and paid work experience over the Summer break through Unitywater’s Undergraduate Vacation Program.

Unitywater has also introduced the Fiona Waterhouse Women in STEM Scholarship in 2022 and has awarded the Bright Future in Engineering Scholarship annually since 2014.