The number ‘one’ seems to be a recurring figure in Matthew Armanasco’s life.
One was the number of his OP score.
One was the position he put the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) for his tertiary preference.
And, there was one Chancellor’s Scholarship which was bestowed to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science student at USQ’s Scholarships Award Ceremony in Toowoomba this week.
“To receive the Chancellor’s Scholarship, it means everything really,” he said.
“It means all the hard work over 2018 paid off and I now have security and reassurance as I pursue my university study.”
The 17-year old finished Year 12 at St Mary's College last year and said studying at USQ was always his first preference.
“I have always had a passion for learning about what is out there in the world as well as the intricacies of technology.”
“I came out here for an Open Day and learned that I could study the exact thing that was perfect for me, in my hometown.”
Words of encouragement from Chancellor Mr John Dornbusch as he walked off stage will be something that stays with the first-year student.
“The Chancellor said to me that I was going to be very busy but was certain that I could handle it – which is something I will remember throughout my degree,” Mr Armanasco said.
“Receiving this scholarship is a great honour and it also comes with responsibility. This will be a real driving force for me to do my best and excel at university”.
More than 80 students were awarded at the Toowoomba ceremony, each having demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and participation in the wider community.
USQ has awarded more than a million dollars’ worth of scholarships and bursaries in 2019 so far thanks to foundering from donors, government, and the University.
Chancellor's Scholarship recipient Matthew Armanasco.