Rocking new horizons
Studying abroad can open up a whole new world of possibilities, but picking up your life and transporting it halfway across the globe can be a pretty big – and costly – deal. For Jordan Van Berkel, the first US-based student to study at UOW under the UOW USA Foundation’s new travel grants program – expecting his parents to pay his way was never on the cards. “I really wanted to study abroad, but it’s an expensive thing to do and I don’t come from a wealthy family,” Jordan explains. “I feel like my parents have done so much for me already and I don’t like the idea of burdening them financially; that’s not how I operate. It was important to me to apply for as many grants and scholarships as I could. Without this grant, I wouldn’t have been able to do it – at least, not without getting into significant debt.”
When Jordan first learned about the UOW USA Foundation Alumni Travel Grant – made possible through the generosity of the university’s US based alumni and launched in 2018 to assist one UOW student to study in the US and one US student to study at UOW each year – he applied immediately.