Young QUT alumni helping students attend university through Learning Potential Fund

Young QUT alumni helping students attend university through Learning Potential Fund

A desire to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds pursue a university education is behind QUT alumnus Rochelle and her partner Jay’s decision to donate funds to the Learning Potential Fund (LPF).

After migrating from the Philippines to Australia more than a decade ago, Rochelle said the pair saw a real need to support those who hadn’t been as fortunate as they had.

“We count ourselves lucky that our families could afford to send us to university and provide us opportunities that we know are out of reach for the majority who live in poverty,” Rochelle said.

“I’m a qualified accountant and Jay has worked in marine transport with oil tankers, however we’ve both since changed careers; I’m now doing data analytics and Jay is a community support worker,” she said.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our families, so I can’t imagine what it must be like for others who don’t have this kind of support.”

The couple admit to having some misconceptions around bequests and philanthropic gifts, thinking that leaving a gift in a will was something only wealthy people did.

“But now we see the LPF as an opportunity to donate now, but also leave a bequest when we are gone,” she said.

The opportunity to leave a gift in their will was an ideal way for Rochelle and Jay to make an impact well into the future.

“The LPF is a vote of confidence that we believe in the students, in their dreams and there are people who care and are willing to help them realise those dreams,” Rochelle said

“By investing in their future, we hope they can enjoy and experience the wonderful opportunities this country provides.”

Each year, QUT is contacted by students from rural, regional or disadvantaged backgrounds needing financial support. The Fund is only able help half of the 5000 students who apply each year.

The LPF is the only perpetual fund of its scale in Australia, helping finance more than 2000 scholarships each year.  The university underwrites administrative costs and matches every gift to the LPF dollar-for-dollar – doubling the impact of donors like Rochelle and Jay.

To help more students receive access to a university education through the LPF, or to find out how to leave a gift in your will, email giving@qut.edu.au.