Rachell Poole: Invergowrie Foundation Tertiary Scholarship for Women 2012

My name is Rachell Poole and in 2012 the Invergowrie Foundation granted me a scholarship for three years of my university study. After deciding in 2013 to transfer into the double degree of Bachelor of Forensic Science and Bachelor of Criminology I have been thoroughly enjoying it at Deakin University. Heading into my fourth and final year of study the pressure has well and truly increased.

Moving from the small country town of Elmore to the ‘city’ of Geelong to study was always going to be a massive change in my life but the Invergowrie Foundation scholarship assisted in living fees for three years which allowed my move onto the Deakin University Waurn Ponds residences. Living at the university immediately made study much easier from day one and if I had not been able to move into the residences I would never have had the extra assistance with my studies.

In my time living at the residences I made life-long friendships which have been invaluable and for two years I was a residential leader to 36 students. Without the scholarship I would never have been able to move into the residences and in turn would never have even dreamed of the wonderful opportunities I have had, met amazing people and been able to develop personally.

I want to thank the Invergowrie Foundation so much for granting me one of their scholarships. It has quite literally changed my life.”