In her first year away at university, Streaky Bay’s Marissa Hutchings has received the Dean’s Scholarship at James Cook University.
Studying a Bachelor of Marine Sciences in Townsville, Ms Hutchings was one of three recipients of the scholarship, which is awarded to students at James Cook campus’ in Townsville, Cairns and in Singapore.
She said it was a shock to be named the recipient.
“It was a huge honour for me,” she said.
“I just put my name in, I didn’t think I would get it but I received the news late last month and it was great.”
The Dean’s Scholarship is offered to high achieving students and provides financial support for the length of their degree, allowing students to commit to their studies without having to worry about financial support.
The scholarship provides $10,000 for the minimum number of years required to complete their degree.
Ms Hutchings studied at Streaky Bay Area School until 2015, when she moved to Immanuel College in Adelaide to complete high school.
She said she was enjoying her time in Queensland.
“It has been challenging and it was a big move but I am slowly getting there,” she said.
“I miss home but it is a massive opportunity for me which I wanted to take.
“The course is amazing and it is really practical – not many universities have that advantage of being up here in the tropics.”