Saving lives now in sight thanks to Learning Potential Fund scholarship

Saving lives now in sight thanks to Learning Potential Fund scholarship

With aspirations for a career in photojournalism, music, or health, Sacha Alexiou had always planned to go to university but wasn’t sure which area to pursue until he started studying biomedical science at QUT.

“I’ve always had a passion and interest in the underlying mechanisms of the human body,” Sacha said.

“I started at QUT with a double degree in Business and Biomedical Science but soon transferred straight to biomedicine and haven’t looked back. Each class is still so interesting,” Sacha said.

Now thanks to the generous donations from the QUT community to the Learning Potential Fund, Sacha is on the path of his ‘dream job’ as an emergency department doctor.

Like many students, Sacha discovered just how expensive life can be when trying to study full time and pay the bills.

“I had already completed my first year at university before applying for a Learning Potential Fund scholarship. I’d just moved into a new apartment and due to being around the Christmas period, which always comes with additional expenses, my finances took a significant hit.

“I started semester one of my second year with just $15 in my pocket. The Learning Potential Fund assisted with my financial stress and allowed me to focus on my studies.

“My scholarship really helped me get back on my feet at the beginning of my second year. Not only did it help with buying groceries, but it also helped me buy lab books, textbooks, notebooks, and stationery.”

At the end of 2019,  Sacha will complete his Bachelor of Biomedical Science and take some time off, before sitting the Graduate Admissions Medical Test (GAMSAT) in 2021.

“My dream job is to be a doctor in a hospital emergency department. After graduation this year I hope to take a year off to travel and work more before hopefully beginning medical school.”

Thanks to the generosity of donors, Sacha can dream big.

To help students like Sacha achieve their aspirations through a gift to the LPF, donate online or email giving@qut.edu.au to find out more.