When it comes to making major life decisions, The University of Western Australia Business School student Harriet Murphy has jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire. Hanging up her chef’s apron following 20 years working in Perth restaurants and running her own business, Ms Murphy has headed back to the books, enrolling as a mature age student in a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management and Population Health.
Taking on a full time study load has not only required Ms Murphy to adjust her own routine to find symmetry for her studies, she also has plenty of additional priorities to juggle day in and day out as a single mother of two. Her dedication and application to being both a positive parent and stand-out student were qualities that helped her secure the 2016 ATCO Australia Undergraduate Scholarship.
In conjunction with the UWA Business School, ATCO Australia awards a scholarship each year to a high-achieving full-time student experiencing financial hardship to assist them achieve their goals.
“As a mature age university student and a single mother of two children, financial constraints have added another layer of pressure to my situation. I feel very privileged to have been given the ATCO Australia scholarship, it has alleviated a lot of stress and allowed me to focus on my degree,” Ms Murphy said. “There is no question that the scholarship will contribute significantly to funding the ongoing expenses associated with completing my undergraduate degree including essential study materials like text books and IT equipment, as well as help cover childcare and transport costs.”
ATCO Australia General Manager, Human Resources, Amy Stanley, said Ms Murphy was a deserving recipient who impressed the selection panel with her deep commitment to learn and grow utilising the resources of the UWA Business School. Mrs Stanley also acknowledged the other scholarship nominees and wished each student success in their chosen fields.
“Harriet undertook her studies knowing that it would be a tough road, but did so with a clear intent of acquiring knowledge that will, ultimately, benefit her career aspirations and the quality of life for her children going forward,” Mrs Stanley said. “We are very pleased to be able to support Harriet’s education goals through the ATCO Australia Scholarship and look forward to this being the start of a positive longer term relationship.”
ATCO also extends its congratulations to Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate Michael Crossley who was the recipient of the ATCO Australia Prize in Operations Management for achieving the highest mark in the MBA Operations Management unit in 2015.
ATCO is a diversified global corporation delivering service excellence and innovative business solutions in Structures & Logistics, Electricity, Pipelines & Liquids, and Retail Energy. More information about ATCO can be found on www.ATCO.com.