Jenny is a determined mum hoping to create a brighter future for her family. A lack of ability by medical professionals to pinpoint the origins of her eldest daughter’s disability fuelled this mother of three to transform her life and enrol full-time in a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Jenny's 11 year old daughter Imogen requires full time respite care as she is unable to communicate, has severely limited mobility and can only be fed via a tube inserted into her stomach.
Imogen's disability coupled with Jenny's determination to be a great mum inspired her keen interest in nutrition and while it has been a battle juggling family and uni she has made it through to her final year of study all the while maintaining a distinction average.
"Uni for me is a way to combine caring for my family with a career. It's more than just study, it's my life."
Jenny will put the scholarship money towards paying for a carer for Imogen while she completes her compulsory fourth year work placement next year. She says her Shaping Futures scholarship will break down the emotional and financial pressures associated with being a full-time mum and student and allow her to finally graduate.
"I've sometimes wondered whether I could cross the finish line but it's been an achievement to get this far and I feel like now I can manage to keep going.
"Thank you so much for supporting this scholarship. It means more to me than I can put into words that all my hard work as a student and carer is valued and recognised by others."