Kingscliff kid wins $95,000 Bond scholarship
KINGSCLIFF high alumni Jayden Chadburn has been awarded a $95,000 scholarship for a Sports Exercise Science degree at Bond University.
The Cudgen Rugby League Club player and coach was awarded the Community Excellence Scholarship through the university's indigenous support program.
The 18-year-old hopes the two-year accelerated bachelors degree will lead into a post graduate physiotherapy degree so he can pursue his dreams of working professionally in sport.
"I like helping other people and want to influence them to lead into healthier lifestyles, like playing footy and playing a lot of sports, and exercising in general - all the benefits outweigh the negatives," Mr Chadburn said.
This week Mr Chadburn attended his first two lectures and moved into on-campus share accommodation.
"We had a week long orientation and it was pretty nerve wracking at first.
"The lectures were a really different learning experience, it's quite interactive, I really enjoyed it.
"I bumped into one of my old mates and he's been showing me around and taking care of me.
"It's actually a pretty small uni, you see faces you recognise quickly and you are able to make friends - it's a great atmosphere."
Mr Chadburn said the best aspect of starting the degree was access to the universities sports facilities in between classes.
"There's a gym and pool so in breaks I can have the healthy lifestyle that I've always wanted," he said.
Mr Chadburn research indigenous scholarships during HSC time and had to pass through a stringent interview process to win the scholarship, which was his first UAC preference.
Mr Chadburn was selected because of his active participation in ANZAC Day marches, NAIDOC week ceremonies and the mentoring of younger Indigenous students.
Bond University will cover the costs associated with living on campus for Mr Chadburn, for his first semester of study.
"Once I figure out my schedule and routine I'm going to start working on a farm in Cudgen part-time," he said.