Business scholarships having a real impact

The assistance of $5000 a year from the Alumni Leaders Scholarship in Business helped student Ricky Rudduck (BCom/BSc ’13) overcome financial hardship and mental illness challenges facing his family to study at UNSW.

“The scholarship introduced me to a network of individuals who were able to offer advice, wisdom and support for me to reach my goals,” Ricky says. “These individuals opened my eyes to new possibilities and helped me understand the path available to me.”

After graduating from UNSW, Ricky secured a graduate role at Telstra. He is also now assisting the next generation, as a board member of Make a Difference, a not-for-profit organisation that helps children and young people affected by, or at risk from, mental illness. “The goal of my life is to make a change in the world I live in, and help those in need,” he says.

Ricky is just one of many students from a variety of backgrounds and academic abilities, who benefit from the donations of alumni and other generous individuals funding business scholarships.

Receiving a scholarship is a transforming experience for these students; not only does it remove significant financial pressure, but imbues students with confidence to pursue their dreams, knowing someone recognises their potential.

Johnny Le is another business scholarship recipient, in the second year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Johnny is receiving $10,000 per annum for the three years of his degree through the Dieter Adamsas Scholarship in Business.

With the scholarship assistance, Johnny now feels very positive about his future. “My world is full of aspirations and goals,” Le says. “Goals I never thought would be possible to do.”

The scholarship was established by Dieter Adamsas, former Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Leighton Contractors and Leighton Asia to assist disadvantaged students. Adamas emigrated from Europe in 1950, grew up in western Sydney and graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1967.


For more information about this story, or other news from UNSW Business School, please contact Nicky Johnson via:

Email: nicola.johnson[at][dot]au

Phone: 9385 0740




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