Broncos Joint Scholarship Keeps Memories Alive

Broncos Joint Scholarship Keeps Memories Alive

Broncos Joint Scholarship Keeps Memories Alive

Broncos Joint Scholarship Keeps Memories Alive

Broncos Joint Scholarship Keeps Memories Alive

Broncos Joint Scholarship Keeps Memories Alive

Broncos Joint Scholarship Keeps Memories Alive

An 18-year-old Forest Lake QUT Journalism and Law Student has been awarded the 2016 QUT Amy Clough Scholarship to cover his first year of creative industries tuition fees.

The scholarship was created in 2013 for QUT Creative Industries students affected by cancer. New Zealand-born Aiden Hendry’s grandfather passed away from cancer in 2010, the year the family moved to Brisbane.

“Pop was a father figure and role model at the most critical developmental periods of my life, including when I started high school,” said Aiden who hopes to pursue a career as a music journalist.

“I was devastated by his death and my education and mental health suffered before I ended up at the Music Industry College in (Brisbane's) Fortitude Valley.

"I had a fantastic two years there and am now excited about the future QUT offers me.

“The Amy Clough Scholarship provides a huge opportunity for me to break into the journalism industry, as well as make important connections both career-wise and personally.

“Most of all though, it reminds me of the profound impact Pop had on me, and gives me the resources and motivation to continue striving for what I want, as he would be telling me to do if he was still here.

"It's an incredible honour, and it fills me with determination to continue being the best 'me' I can be, for myself and everyone else affected by cancer.”

The QUT Amy Clough Scholarship was launched to assist students undertaking studies in entertainment industries, journalism or music who have been personally affected by cancer.

The scholarship is named in memory of devoted music fan and University of the Sunshine Coast student Amy Clough, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at age 16.

She passed away in 2012 aged just 22 and left behind a legacy of inspiration, a loving family and far-reaching friendships.

A partnership between QUT, Sony Music Australia, Nova Entertainment, NewsCorp and the Brisbane Broncos created this scholarship which covers first-year tuition fees for a student undertaking a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries, Journalism, or Music and internship opportunities in the subsequent years of their degree.

Professor Mandy Thomas, Executive Dean of QUT's Faculty of Creative Industries, said it was a privilege to be involved in creating the scholarship.

"QUT is honoured to be a part of the QUT Amy Clough Scholarship, which continues Amy's legacy by supporting students whose lives have been personally affected by cancer," Professor Thomas said.

“Congratulations to Aiden Hendry on becoming the fourth recipient of the scholarship. It was previously awarded to Katie O’Hagan (2013), Thomas Henderson (2014) and Libby Grant (2015).

“I am sure he will be inspired by it and the possibilities it opens up. The 2013 recipient Katie O’Hagan is now working for Sony Music as a direct result of her internship there through the scholarship.”

A photo of Aiden with Professor Thomas is available for download on flickr

QUT is part of a national collaborative group of five major Australian Universities that form the ATN (Australian Technology Network of Universities).

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