Reward for facing up to adversity
LIFE can throw challenges at you, as Daniel James knows only too well. The 27- year- old Monash University honours student dropped out of his arts degree in 2002 after going through a rough time with his family.
‘‘ We had a suicide in the family at the end of my Year 12 and it hit me pretty hard,’’ he says.
‘‘ My mum was also going through total renal failure and it just made it really difficult to stay at university.’’
But James was given a second chance when he reapplied and was awarded Monash’s inaugural Homer le Grand Scholarship, which recognises people who have overcome personal hardship to continue their studies.
The scholarship, named after
a former dean of arts, pays students $ 2000 for university expenses.
‘‘ It has made an absolutely huge difference,’’ he says.
‘‘ My wife is supporting us while I am studying, so the $ 2000 has been an enormous help.
‘‘ It has helped me get a lot of textbooks as well as paying for general university expenses.’’
James is now studying his honours in archeology and plans to obtain his PhD before working in Egypt.
‘‘ I am thrilled that I have been given the opportunity to go back and that I have done so much better,’’ he says.
‘‘ I feel that I’ve shown what students who overcome adversity during their first years at university can accomplish when they truly motivate themselves.’’
Motivation: Daniel James, an honours student in archeology at Monash University, who received a $ 2000 grant