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JCU International Business Student awarded $50,000 scholarship

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‘Lucky break’ for citizen of the world

‘Lucky break’ for citizen of the world

 Chia Hui Tan. Photo by Richard Davis, JCU

 A James Cook University international student has been awarded a $50,000 scholarship to help with his studies in Australia.

 Chia Hui Tan, a first-year student in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Psychology course, has received the inaugural ACER International Student Scholarship – Business (AISS).

Founded in 1930, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which aims to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning throughout life.

The ACER International Student Scholarship, which is based on the highest score achieved in the International Student Admissions Test, helps support an international student who wishes to study for an undergraduate business degree at an Australian university.

The scholarship, which will be paid over two to three years, will cover Mr Tan’s tuition fees.

Mr Tan said winning the inaugural ACER International Student Scholarship was a “lucky break”.

“I don’t consider myself to be academically inclined, at least compared with my siblings,” he said.

“Winning the ACER International Student Scholarship has renewed my confidence in myself.”

 Mr Tan, who describes himself as having been an international student since kindergarten, said studying a Business degree at JCU in Townsville was a “smart choice”.

“The whole point of a university education is to arm you with the right tools to advance your career, but studying in Australia also supports my education as a citizen of the world,” he says.

The 21-year-old said the ACER International Student Scholarship would ease the financial pressure on his family.

“My parents have inspired me to strive to make the most of my abilities; it is their sacrifices that have enabled my successes.”


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