Coming from a low income family in rural Tasmania, Jessica knew going to university could cause additional strain on her family.
Jessica had a passion for the arts from a young age, participating in local drama productions, musical ensembles and artistic exhibitions in her hometown in rural Tasmania.
She discovered a flair for fashion and design and set out to gain work experience, volunteering as the Design Editor of her high school magazine and entering the APEX Australia Teenage Fashion Awards, for which she represented Tasmania in the national finals.
Jessica’s dream lay in becoming a fashion journalist, but knew that relocating to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at RMIT would put additional pressure on her family. “The scholarship allowed me to take the steps I needed to begin my future“, she says.
“With the aid of the scholarship I was able to obtain accommodation at University College, which allows me to focus on my studies in a supportive environment. My course is also strongly resource based and without my scholarship I would have struggled to fund the finances for educational resources on top of my accommodation“.
Now in her Honours year, Jessica is grateful for the assistance RMIT and the scholarship have provided in realising her dream. “RMIT is an amazing place to study. The positive learning opportunities here, with the help of the scholarship, have allowed me to take the steps I needed to begin on my career path“, she says.
“One day I hope to work as an intern in the New York fashion industry, before becoming a fashion journalist for a magazine like Vogue, and pursue further studies. Thank you to all those who made my scholarship possible."