Family’s philanthropy helps student
As a youngster, Sine McGregor imagined she would one day have a successful career.
And while she never anticipated that she would grow up on the Sunshine Coast, she is happy to make the most of the good hand she has been dealt.
The pretty teenager spent the first half of her schooling life in Zimbabwe, which is a far cry from the golden beaches and relaxed lifestyle she now has at home in Coolum.
Her family relocated when she was 12-years-old and Sine continued her studies at Buderim’s Immanuel Lutheran College.
After graduating last year, she enrolled in the University of the Sunshine Coast and is fast on her way to forging a career in sport and exercise science.
What Sine never saw coming was an unexpected financial windfall which has given her an even bigger step forward.
Sine is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Vic Walker Memorial Scholarship, offered to graduating Immanuel Lutheran College students.
The scholarship is one of the highest financial scholarships offered to USC students.
Valued at more than $6000, it covers the cost of the successful student’s first year HECS fee.
The scholarship was borne out of a local family’s passion for education and community support.
This passion was at the heart of successful businessman Vic Walker who founded the Moby Vic service station.
Sadly, Mr Walker passed away in 1996 but his legacy has lived on thanks to his wife Jocelyn and two children Drew and Wendy.
“We launched the scholarship in 2000 to honour my husband,’’ Ms Walker said.
“Vic had an enormous interest in promoting and progressing Immanuel Lutheran College as it gave our children a terrific start in life.
“I am also a University of the Sunshine Coast foundation board member so I thought it would be wonderful to link our two passions and form the scholarship.”
Ms Walker said USC was proving to be one of the fastest growing universities in the country and one of the finest.
Sine said the scholarship had given her a boost and encouraged members of this year’s graduating class to nominate themselves before the closing date of February.
“It’s such a great motivation,” she said.
“I have received so much support and encouragement from Mrs Walker.
“Plus I’m on a good foot to get started with my future.”
Immanuel Lutheran College principal David Bliss hoped this year’s graduating class would take advantage of the unique opportunity.
He said with HECS fees creating financial anxiety for some students, scholarships could reduce some pressure and create a clearer pathway to focus on study.
“Our students are encouraged to make formal applications for the scholarship,” Mr Bliss said.
“The judging panel investigates a student’s commitment to school, their aspirations for uni and beyond and aspects such as community service.”