Renee Briggs is all too aware of how quickly circumstances can change everything.
This occurred tragically in 2017 when Renee’s beloved grandfather passed away suddenly. With her grieving grandmother requiring constant support, 25-year-old Renee stepped into the role of full-time carer.
Though she did so without question, increasing stresses around time and finances meant Renee soon had to question her capacity to continue studying at Griffith University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Public Health in Health Promotion and Public Health Nutrition.
All of which makes her determination, performance and potential so admirable, and explains why Renee has received an Abedian Foundation Griffith Futures Scholarship.
Thanks to the support of Gold Coast developer and philanthropist Mr Soheil Abedian and his wife Mrs Anne Abedian, these scholarships are presented to Gold Coast-based students achieving excellent results despite the challenges of financial or personal disadvantage.
A proud Indigenous woman from the Kamilaroi tribe, Renee grew up within a close-knit community in Moree, NSW.
“I moved to the Gold Coast when I was nine because my mum wanted my brother and me to have the best education possible,” says Renee.